(ANS - Freetown) - Aminata and Augusta did not know each other. Augusta worked as a prostitute to be able to eat, but now has her own catering business and strives to make it clear to other girls that they should not take that road. Aminata, on the other hand, believes she has to be a prostitute because her grandmother and her mother both were. Augusta is grateful to Don Bosco for the new life that has been given to her, while Aminata is aware of wanting to get out of that world, and appreciates the Salesians' efforts to persuade her, ... but she still resists.
(ANS - La Rioja) - 10 February 2017 was a memorable day for the Salesian Province of "Artemide Zatti", in Northern Argentina (ARN). "We are aware that the number of Salesians is always low and almost scarce, but we have, in our DNA, our Father Bosco's ability to dream and to progress," said Fr Gabriel Romero, ARN Provincial. After several months of work in La Rioja, the Salesians have made an assessment and state: "We want to share the fate of the road made in La Rioja these months."
(ANS - Madrid) - The “Recognize” Project (Reconce), promoted by the Don Bosco Youth Confederation, was selected among the top 50 of the 327 candidates for the “la Caixa” competition for Social Innovation 2017.
France - "Do we want a fragmented and violent society or do we work to build a fraternal society?"
(ANS - Argenteuil) – The Salesians in France have recently federated all their social works within the "Don Bosco Action Social" network (DBAS), which holds 60 institutions, and is coordinated by Fr Jean-Marie Petitclerc, SDB. An expert in education and suburbs/inner-cities, founder of the association "Le Valdocco", and also involved in administrative roles, he spoke to the French Salesian Bulletin, "Don Bosco aujourd'hui" about the challenges of integration in modern cities.
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.
Philippines – Launching of Don Bosco Educational Center (DBEC)
(ANS – Mandaluyong City) – 7 August 2018 marked the official launching of the Don Bosco Educational Centers (DBEC) - Philippines, Inc. The launching was held at the new Roderick Flores Memorial Hall, Don Bosco Technical College, Mandaluyong City. Don Bosco Educational Centers - Philippines, Inc. is now the juridical entity to serve the common needs of the educational endeavors of the Salesians of Don Bosco in the Philippines. The DBEC is now the authorized brand and standard-bearer of all Don Bosco schools and training centers in the Philippines.
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.