(ANS - Juba) - On 9 July 2011, South Sudan officially became an independent state. It was a day of celebration and its inhabitants hoped it would also be the beginning of a journey of prosperity and peace. More than 7 years later, it hurts see that the problems have even, alas, increased. For the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco all this represents a further stimulus to dedicate themselves to the population in a state of dire need.
(ANS - Vienna) - "Around the world today, there are around 30 million children and adolescents on the run, exposed to dangers in terms of safety and health. In view of the International Youth Day, which is celebrated on 12 August, as a Church we are challenged to help these young people," says Salesian Brother Günter Mayer, SDB, Director of the Salesian Mission Office of Austria.
(ANS - Turin) - From the journey of hope on a refugee boat to animator in a summer oratory in Turin, where he is a reference point for children, teens and families, fully integrated with his peers: the beautiful - and successful - story of integration of Ousman S., 19, who arrived in Italy from Gambia aboard a refugee boat.
(ANS – Cairo) – Through the Salesian Missions “Sunrise Project” for refugees and vulnerable Egyptians, 400 people are receiving support and 80 past graduates were recently invited to participate in in-depth seed fund grant training. These graduates submitted entrepreneurial projects to the Sunrise team who chose to fund approximately 40 projects.
(ANS - Palabek) - In less than a year of their presence in the Palabek refugee camp, the Salesians have already won the trust of the people, especially women and children, fleeing the war in South Sudan, bringing with them nothing but the clothes they had on, people who only dream of returning to their country in an atmosphere of peace. As in the case of the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, the Salesians are the only organization that resides permanently in the camp and Don Bosco is already a moral authority for the refugees.
(ANS - Torre Annunziata) - Since the beginning of the migrant emergency, the Salesians of Italy have opened the doors of their homes to Unaccompanied Foreign Minors (MSNA). So they did with Lamin, a boy from Gambia, who is now 17 years old and until a few months ago was housed in the family community "Mamma Matilde" of the Salesians of Torre Annunziata.
Italy - Gessica Mazza, SYM secretary of Central Italy: "Salesians, listen to young people with an open heart"
(ANS - Rome) - Gessica Mazza is one of the six secretaries of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) of Central Italy. Young and determined, she has clear ideas when asked to indicate what the needs of today's youth are. She has no doubts in affirming that the primary need of today's youth is that of being listened to, above all by the Church and by the Salesians.
What do the young people of the Salesians think?
A few days ago I saw a group of young people in St. Peter's Square in Rome with the flag of one of our Salesian schools. I was struck by the affectionate and cheerful relationship of the children with their teachers and, on the contrary, by the coldness with which they treated the Salesian who was with them: they did not talk to him, they did not approach him ... The Salesian walked alone. For them, he did not exist, he was a ghost.
Vietnam - Congress of East Asia-Oceania region indicates profile of Salesian Brother
(ANS - K'Long) - The Congress of Salesian Brothers of the East Asia-Oceania region closed yesterday, Sunday 12 August, consigning numerous useful indications for the future.
Bolivia - What to do when a child is left without the care of a family? The welcoming family, a task still pending
(ANS - Santa Cruz) - "Every family, a school of life" is the title of the project that the Projects Office of the Bolivia Province (OFPROBOL), the Salesian University of Bolivia (USB) and the NGO International Volunteers for Development (VIS) are jointy carrying out during this 2018. A project clearly inspired by the Strenna of the Rector Major.