(ANS - El Obeid) - In recent months the Salesian house in El Obedi received some important visits: a few days ago there was that of the Queen of Qatar, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser. In December 2016 several members of the State Legislative Assembly visited it, and before that, in November 2016, officials of UNICEF and the Ministry of Education paid a visit. Why so much interest? The fact that in a world that is far from simple, the Don Bosco Centre is changing the lives of thousands of young people by means of one of the typical elements of Salesian education: Vocational Training.
(ANS – Mandalay) – Don Bosco Friend of Youth Centre provides shelter, food and healthcare plus a formal or non-formal education. As part of an outreach program, Fr Peter Myo Khin SDB and his co-workers go to railway stations and bus terminals to help boys living on the streets of Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar.
Freetown, Sierra Leone - 2016 - These are the faces of children left without parents, whom the Salesians look after and educate for life. They are "faces that speak of the future."
(Photo: Alberto Lopez, the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid)
(ANS - Mafinga) - Tanzania is considered the most beautiful place in the wild world. The Ngorongoro Crater, which is home to approximately 25,000 animals, is considered one of the most beautiful places to find lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhinos. Life there is beautiful with the beauty of nature and is enriched with the history of its people. In Tanzania, the Salesians started a mission in the Mafinga area in 1980, and they saw the need to open a house for 500 orphans.
(ANS – Iauaretê) – The Salesian mission of Iauaretê is located in the deep West of Brazilian Amazonia, at the border with Colombia, and is one of the farthest and most difficult missions to reach. It normally takes three days to get there, one on a motorboat, going up Rio Negro and then continuing towards Colombia sailing in Rio Uaupes. As can be guessed, Iauaretê is far away from everything, institutions, built-up areas and regretfully also far away from minimum subsistence services, such as hospitals and health centres.
(ANS - Namugongo) - Uganda is a Central African country, with the capital Kampala. Namugongo is about ten kilometres from Kampala and there you will find the "Children and Life Mission" (CALM), a centre for young people who once lived on the streets and survived by stealing. It is home to young people aged between 5 and 20. Anna Poliszkiewicz, a volunteer from the Salesian Mission Office in Warsaw, worked there for a few months.
Ethiopia – “Here I was able to live the ‘Oratorian Heart’” says Donato Galletta SDB
(ANS – Addis Ababa) – Be it Feast or Feria, Christmas or Easter, Meskel or Temket, the National Feasts in Ethiopia, there is someone who is always at his job: a Salesian 24/7, a man with an ‘oratorian heart’, ‘man of few words and more actions’. This is Bro. Donato Galetta, who has been touching the hearts of hundreds of young people ever since his arrival in Ethiopia in the year 1988. Of the thirty years spent in Ethiopia, 12 years were spent in Zway and the remaining 18 years at Mekanissa in Addis Abeba.
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."
Indonesia – Asian Youth Day 2017, in preparation
(ANS – Jakarta) – To encourage and accompany young people in Asia to live and promote a "culture of solidarity and encounter with the other, in the multicultural and multireligious societies of Asia" and increase the awareness of the contribution to give to the Church and society: this is the intent of the seventh Asia Youth Day, which in 2017 will be held in Yogyakarta in central Java, from July 30 to August 9, 2017. The theme chosen for the event which will bring over 3,000 young Catholics from 29 Asian countries to Indonesia is "Joyful Asian Youth! Living The Gospel In Multicultural Asia".
Paraguay – Conclusion of Team Visit with the Rector Major
(ANS - Ypacaraí) - The Team Visit to the Salesian Region of the American Southern Cone was held at the House of the Salesian Family of Ypacaraí, Paraguay. It ended on the afternoon of Friday 24 March with the concluding words of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime.