(ANS - Soyapango) - The Don Bosco University (UDB) of El Salvador is located in Soyapango, San Salvador one of the areas with the greatest population density, widespread poverty and organized crime through the feared "maras" (gangs). In this context, offering university education to young adults in that region is a real sign of hope and of life for the future.
(ANS - Lima) - The National Information System for Prevention and Attention to Disasters (SINPAD) in Peru reported that to date there are 75 dead and 20 missing due to bad weather since the beginning of the rainy season. These are joined by over 103 813 people who have suffered loss, 665 313 people affected by the phenomena and 263 wounded. They report 10,538 homes flooded, 12 378 homes uninhabitable and 145 421 affected to a lesser extent. In recent days the rains have eased and the extent of the disaster can be seen: houses destroyed or flooded, trucks and cars stuck in the mud, roads ruined, but most of all: fear, desolation and despair for so many people.
(ANS - San Pedro Carchá) - "Talita Kumi", which in Aramaic means "Little girl, I say to you, arise!", is a foundation established for the promotion and training of women of the Q'eqchi ethnic group. For a long time they were victims of discrimination. In San Pedro Carchá, 200 km north of the capital of the country, the energetic command addressed by Jesus to the dead girl was transformed into a reality that is now celebrating 25 years of service.
RMG - Fr Pallithanam: on the streets or in the office, always close to the poor
(ANS - Rome) – Fr Thomas Pallithanam is an active missionary in a small Salesian community in Ravulapalem in Andhra Pradesh. He is also the coordinator of one of the most important organizations of Indian civil society, "Wada Na Todo Abhiyan". The two cornerstones of his work are a global vision and local initiatives. He now speaks about his work in an interview with ANS.
A rich man who helped Lazarus
In his letter for Lent this year, Pope Francis invites us to be generous with the needy, stressing that this generosity should lead us not to give what is left over but to give of our very own. In this regard, the example set by Chuck Feeney, an 85-year-old man who donated all his possessions to charity, well represents the phrase: "He did not give the crumbs. He gave the whole bread."
Chile - The Rector of the Don Bosco University in El Salvador inaugurates the academic year at the Silva Henríquez Catholic University
(ANS - Santiago) - On 21 March there was the opening ceremony of the academic year at the Silva Henríquez Catholic University (UCSH). It was attended by Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, Archbishop of Santiago, and the Secretary for Social Services of the Ministry of Social Development, Juan Eduardo Faúndez Molina.
RMG – World Down Syndrome Day: a change in approach is needed
(ANS - Rome) – Even small gestures can bring changes in the way we consider those who are different from ourselves. Yesterday, 21 March, was International Down Syndrome Day. In Cartagena in Spain, the students of "San Juan Bosco" primary school, were invited to do drawings to express how they see their companions with this syndrome. The intention was to break stereotypes and discover the positive contributions that people with Down syndrome can make.