(ANS - Rome) - Contrasting children's educational poverty in Italy by promoting a better quality of life for young people: this is the mission that for 24 years has inspired the work of the “Salesians for Social Welfare”, or SCS/CNOS Federation. In 2016 there were approximately 9,000 children in difficulty who were, on a daily basis, offered some of 163 services activated throughout Italy. These and other data are cited on the 2016 Activity Report now available on the website: www.salesianperilsociale.it.
(ANS – Guwahati) – The 12th Annual National Seminar of Youth at Risk (YaR) on the theme “Restorative Justice and Children” was held at the Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati, on 18 and 19 September.
(ANS - Ancona) - Create an opportunity, for families facing difficulties, to provide support for their children, help them with judicial matters, prevent abandonment. Non-invasive support, which does not replace the family, but supports them in a flexible fashion across a variety of educational activities. With this aim in mind, the Salesians of Ancona decided to give rise to the day center "Il Faro," the Lighthouse.
(ANS - Bukavu) - In their message of last May 13, the Bishops of Northern and Southern Kivu, members of the Provincial Episcopal Assembly of Bukavu, once again denounced: "The number of street children are growing at an alarming rate." The Salesians active in Bukavu, such as Fr Piero Gavioli, deal with this situation on a daily basis: not statistical data, but real children, innocent victims. On the example of their founder, the Children of Don Bosco still succeed in giving hope, dignity and opportunities for the future.
(ANS - Calcutta) - "Don Bosco Ashalayam is the only family I have ever had," says Sanjoy, a boy who grew up without parents. He remembers having lived in the streets, where he worked, slept, and sought food to survive. He recalls that a family once offered him a place to stay, but soon realized it was a scam; they treated him like a domestic slave, abused him and gave him no money, nor help. And he was just 10 years old.
New Delhi, India - July 2017 - The National Salesian Forum for the Young At Risk (DBYaR Forum) organized a meeting on the issue of migrants for for the heads of the Migrants’ Desk in July. Illustrated: the lives of migrants exploited in domestic and job-seeking jobs and the activities needed to support them. After careful analyses, the DBYaR Forum has recently launched a migrant support service in eight Indian cities: Trivandrum, Chennai, Tiruppur, Vijayawada, Guwahati, Dimapur, Goa and Mumbai.
Czech Republic - Dialogue between the Rector Major and young people
(ANS - Brno) – One's own vocational journey, the current state of the Salesian charism for Europe, the Salesian response to the challenges of migration ... Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime discussed this and other issues with the local youth in Brno a few weeks ago during his animation visit to the Czech Republic. Below, a few extracts from their conversation:
We want to LISTEN to your desires, your expectations and your uncertainties!
They call us YOUTH experts. I do not know if we are experts, but one thing is certain: we Salesians have youth in our DNA since the moment Don Bosco dreamed of us, thought of us. Our identity is so tied to them that one cannot conceive a Salesian as being far away from young people.
Spain - Youth Ministry and Family: a Congress that comes from afar
(ANS - Madrid) – Just slightly over a month to go to the start of the International Youth Ministry and Family Congress being held in Madrid, Spain, from 27 November to 1 December, 2017. Preparations for the Congress - animated by the Youth Ministry Dicastery in the wake of the 2014 and 2015 Synods of Bishops on Family - has involved the entire Salesian Congregation over the past two years through a consultation of Provincial Councils on this important theme.
RMG - Salesian Missionaries in the World: A Global Commitment
(ANS - Rome) - There are many people around the world who, inspired by Don Bosco, spend their lives far from their homeland to devote themselves to the mission of evangelization and the human development of other peoples. On the occasion of World Mission Day, celebrated Sunday, October 22, we want to remember some examples.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
HAVING DEEP ROOTS, BEING FLEXIBLE, AND BEING RICH IN WHAT IS ESSENTIAL
I shall never forget the wise life lesson which the fir trees of the beautiful forest of Vallombrosa gave me. My cordial greetings, dear readers, and all the members of our dear Salesian Family. I wish to offer you a reflection that I made from a very concrete experience that I had recently – a lesson from nature.