Freetown, Sierra Leone - April 2018 - The "Girl's Shelter Plus" department of Don Bosco Fambul, which welcomes girls in need, has led the beneficiaries of the program to a women's vocational training institute, to collecting information on courses they might decide to attend. The girls were then sent to the classes for practical experience in the various workshops of the institute.
(ANS - Accra) - Accra, the capital of Ghana, located on the Gulf of Guinea, is a metropolis of 5 million inhabitants. In its metropolitan area, at Ashaiman, the Salesians animate two houses. The presence of the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco in the country then develops through two other communities, namely in the locality of Sunyani, about 400 km north-west of the capital. In both cities, as well as in the new center of Tatale, the Salesians work at the service of children and young people, especially the most in need.
(ANS - Rome) – Yesterday, 12 April, "Misiones Salesianas" - the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid - presented the film documentary "Love", directed by Raúl de la Fuente. The film narrates the dramatic life some girls of Freetown, Sierra Leone are forced to live. These young people, all underage, are forced into prostitution to get a meal for themselves or to pay for their studies. In short, they have to sell their bodies to survive.
(ANS - Tappita) - The Salesian mission in the Liberian forest, at Tappita, continues its development, expands its services to the local population and gives new impetus to apostolic activities. But the community, not ready to settle down, wants to do even more and is already looking at all the other initiatives to carry out.
(ANS - Madrid) - "Misiones Salesianas", the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid, presented yesterday, 4 April, the documentary "Love", directed by Raúl de la Fuente. The film presents the tragic reality of dozens of underage girls, between 9 and 17 years old, living on the streets of Freetown and forced into prostitution to survive. Something that might seem "normal" in a poor country like Sierra Leone has ceased to be such, thanks to the efforts of the Salesians who, in the 19 months of activity in this specific area, have already taken 149 girls off the streets and away from prostitution, thanks to education.
Freetown, Sierra Leone - March 2018 - In 2017 over 140 girls benefited from the "Girls Shelter" program at Don Bosco Fambul. The girls, all victims of various abuses, were welcomed and hosted to start a rehabilitation process focused on religious, moral and spiritual dimensions. The girls pray every day, participate in religious celebrations together with the community and feel again that God loves them and takes care of them.
Venezuela - Mgr. José Ángel Divassón: "Mr. President: respect the Constitution and seek the truth"
(ANS - Caracas) - Last Sunday, because of the elections in Venezuela, Pope Francis prayed that this country will find "the road to peace and unity." Mgr. José Ángel Divassón, Salesian, apostolic vicar emeritus of Puerto Ayacucho, in an interview states that "he has lost the fear of speaking, because I speak the truth ... Because it is the voice of a people suffering from lack of food, medicines, basic necessities."
Young people are moving and what do we do?
"We are a traveling species. We have no property, but luggage. (...)
We are alive because we are moving. We are never still.
We are transhumant (...) If you want something to die, leave it alone."
(Jorge Drexler, Movimiento, 2017)
Young people always move towards unprecedented possibilities, unsuspected futures. But beyond physical mobility and territorial displacement, young people show a great capacity for flux or change and mobilization in current societies, strengthened by new communication technologies, and networks.
Italy – Don Bosco's real city were the young: presentation of the book "The City of Don Bosco"
(ANS - Turin) - Yesterday, 23 May, the eve of the feast of Mary Help of Christians, the book "La Città di Don Bosco" was presented in Turin. Present for the occasion: the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, the archbishop of Turin, mgr. Cesare Nosiglia, Fr Enrico Stasi, Provincial of the Special Circumscription of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta (ICP), together with civic authorities and members of the Salesian Family.
RMG - The devotion of Pope Paul VI for Mary Help of Christians
(ANS - Rome) - The blessed, and soon Saint, Pope Paul VI was full of benevolence towards the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco. This predilection, exhibited in many circumstances of his life and his pontificate, was also manifested in the devotion to Mary Help of Christians and in the attention to her anniversaries.