(ANS - Karare) - In the Marsabit region, Kenya's largest, water shortage represents an insurmountable difficulty that negatively conditions the entire area. Only 35.7% of the region's inhabitants have access to drinking water. Natural sources are arid for much of the year. Water supply wells of different types are commonly used, where possible; otherwise, rainwater is collected in tanks which, however, are insufficient for the population's needs - and are also cause diarrhea and trigger typhus epidemics.
(ANS - San José) - "Saints are not supermen; they are not born perfect. When they met the love of God, they followed Him, at the service of others," Pope Francis once explained. This message adapts well to the figure of the blessed Sr Maria Romero, a religious of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) who dedicated herself to serving the poor in Costa Rica for 46 years serving in medical clinics, and in youth boarding houses with the Association of Aid to the Needy made up of families who previously lived in inhumane conditions. Forty years since her death, her life still acts as a valid testimony.
(ANS - Lubumbashi) – The Salesians of Don Bosco in the Central Africa Province (AFC) are heading towards the future. The project of building a Salesian University was officially launched in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, on June 27 with the laying down of the first stone of the Higher School of Economic and Political Administration's (EcoPo) new structure.
Argentina - Being a missionary does not mean going to save people: it is being with people, bringing a life-giving God
(ANS - Chubut) - Fr Brigildo de Deus, affectionately named don "Dydu" by the local children, decided to be a missionary following the testimony of some Salesian priests. One of them was assassinated and the question arose in Brigildo: "If they have given their lives, why can I not give my life to the service of those who need me?"
Put yourself in "someone else's shoes"
While in recent years the global scenario is increasingly characterized by a climate of widespread intolerance, where violence and xenophobia create a culture of division, in everyday life, within the family, with friends, in associations or groups, one the one hand we experience a need to live authentic relationships and on the other the sad truth of fatigue or of failure.
Chile – National Convention of Domenico Savio Club Animators
(ANS - Santiago) - With 55 animators and assistants from all the country's communities, the National Convention of the Animators of the Domenico Savio Clubs (CDS) took place in the Lo Cañas retreat from 7 to 9 July.
Colombia - Pablo Andrés: "From abandoned child to successful entrepreneur."
(ANS - Medellín) - Pablo Andrés Velez Velez is an entrepreneur who runs a chemical products firm and is responsible for a group of twelve workers and a happy family. He was invited to the Salesian "Ciudad Don Bosco" to talk to young people. His words and, above all, his life, have become a real example of self-improvement.