(ANS - Rome) - Mujtaba, Bobacar, Famana, Abdoulaye ... These are some of the names of foreign children with stories of violence, some even of prison and torture, of poverty and great suffering. They are young people who, having escaped from a context wherein they saw no chance of a future, found themselves alone and abandoned in a foreign country. For young people like them, the Salesians of Italy have activated the project "M'interesso di te", which in three months has already approached and assisted over 100 minors.
(ANS - Catania) - They are children and young people who come by sea, on old boats that are unstable and overloaded, risking their lives almost to every wave. Often they do not understand Italian well and certainly are not aware of all their rights, nor of what awaits them. If they left on their own, or remain alone on arriving, what they may find is a future as clandestines, marginalized. But sometimes, things go differently, because there are also people who do think of them: like the Salesians of the "San Gregorio" community of Catania, in Sicily, which inaugurated a new house yesterday, May 2; its name: Najma, which means star in Arabic.
(ANS - Sevilla) - They come from different countries, with different cultures, but they have something in common: they have left their places of origin due to conflict or persecution. They are the young refugees welcomed by the Salesians through their social platforms in Madrid and Seville. "After leaving Iran, I crossed through 10 countries, and they told me I could not stay. In Pinardi-Nicoli, they welcomed me," says one of the young men.
Don Bosco has arrived in the refugee camp of Palabek, Uganda. This is good news of the RESURRECTION OF THE LORD.
(ANS - Juba) - Fr David Tulimelli is a Salesian who has dedicated his life to the youth of Sudan, a witness of the troubled phases of the country's history in the last decades, before and after its division. Now he is in Juba, capital of South Sudan.
(ANS – Tijuana) – “Desayunador Salesiano Padre Chava”, the happening place in Tijuana for migrants, refugees and street-dwellers, the best symbol of Salesian commitment to the disenfranchised will soon be celebrating 80 seasons of dedicated service to the last and least of the people that live in this city bursting at the seams with a population growing by the day due to migration and deportation. The wonderful work being done by 9 Salesians and a host of volunteers in this Mexican - American border city of Tijuana is nothing short of the miracles in the Gospels. Fr Pallithanam Thomas, the Salesian representative at the UN, recounts his experience at this “feeding of the 5000”.
Italy - World Consultative Body of Salesian Family: an interview with its director, Fr Eusebio Muñoz
(ANS - Turin) - On Monday morning, 21 May, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, took part in the meeting of the World Consultative Body of the Salesian Family (SF). The meeting was attended by 27 SF groups, represented by their leaders or by their respective delegates. Fr Eusebio Muñoz, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, reflects on this important meeting.
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.
Bolivia - "Damas Salesianas" Association: Catholic women who direct their efforts to serve needy population
(ANS - Cochabamba) - Someone may wonder, "Who are those ladies with yellow coats walking through life with smiles on their faces?" You could simply answer that they are social workers, women from a certain company, people working for a brand ... Yes, all true answers, but there is more. They are women who are part of the association "Damas Salesianas" (ADS), "Catholic women who direct their efforts to the service of the needy population, especially other women. Their goal is to evangelize through human promotion," says E. Marín, one of the Damas.
Spain - Young university students look to Salesian Vocational Training as a life choice
(ANS - Madrid) - In the eight months that he studied Telecommunications in a Vocational Training Center (VTC), Carlos Rodríguez Cecilia, aged 19, learned to transmit telephone signals and to connect local networks. A year ago, however, he was still attending classes in Constitutional Law and Financial Mathematics. "It was all very theoretical and the system did not motivate me much to study. That's why I decided to look for other options," he recalls. Carlos decided to change law for antennas and routers, theory with practice, university with vocational training. "I don't regret it. Today, I'm very happy," he says.