(ANS - Santiago de Compostela) - Twenty-one social entities of Galicia have decided to join forces to build the first Platform for Infancy of that Autonomous Community, and the Don Bosco Federation of Galicia has taken the lead, with Xesús María Vilas Otero its representative and president. Working as a network to analyze the situation of the children and adolescents of the Autonomous Community, improve child policies and ensure the effective implementation of children's rights are the objectives of this platform, which is supported and inspired by the Platform for Children of Spain.
(ANS - Matola) - Francisco is 14 years old and has been asking for alms since he was seven years old, that is since his mother died. Dércio is also 14, is his best friend and is part of the same group of minors that stand at the EN4 traffic light – the "Estrada Nacional 4" which connects Mozambique and South Africa – where they ask for money. There is a sort of brotherhood at the Matola toll booth, where about a dozen children and teenagers approach drivers each and every day.
(ANS – Mumbai) – The Mission of the Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) is to provide hope for those with little hope of a future, and the Salesian-run organisation - working in communities in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh - has successfully lived up to its mission, arming the poor - like Sharmila Thale - with tools and skills to make a livelihood.
The Philippines – Prayer and commitment for poor young people: the strength and joy of Br. Hopida
(ANS – Cebu City) – Br. Tony Hopida is a Salesian Coadjutor of the South Philippines Province (FIS). At 77 years of age, of which 58 as Salesian, he shares the richness of his Salesian, consecrated and lay identity.
April 1, 1934: Don Bosco, father and teacher of youthful holiness, declared saint
On 1 April, 84 years ago, then also Easter, Pope Pius XI proclaimed Saint Don Bosco a saint. Thus ended the long process of beatification and canonization, begun in Turin on 4 June 1890.
Hungary – DBYN’s Study session: Advocates for Education, Budapest 2018
(ANS – Budapest) – DBYN’s study session Advocates for Education took place from 8 April until 15 April 2018 in Budapest. 24 participants, 4 trainers and several experts from all over Europe came together to learn and teach about Human Rights based advocacy.
Ghana – A warm welcome, education, fraternal love: Salesian charism in action
(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.