Sister Jessica Salvaña

When the COVID pandemic hit Cambodia, it shut down schools across Phnom Penh, including the nursery, primary and high schools run by the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco.

The Sisters stayed in touch with families and soon realised that children were going hungry, with no access to free school meals and many parents suddenly unemployed. Sister Jessica Salvaña decided they must act quickly to provide vulnerable families with food supplies and a basic hygiene education. Through their proactive campaign, Sister Jessica and her congregation delivered essential supplies to more than 1,000 families each month: their leadership and dedication provided a lifeline to a community in need.