Vadodara, India - March 2018 - On 2 March at the "Don Bosco Roshni" center, 325 children from the shantytowns gave life to the "Festival of Colors", an event of the Hindu tradition, celebrated under the auspices of the "Children Education Project" program and supported by the "Manos Unidas" NGO of Spain.
Caracas, Venezuela - 10 March 2018 - The Councilor for the Interamerica Region, Fr Timothy Ploch, arrived in Venezuela for the Extraordinary Visit of the "San Luca" Province (VEN). On his arrival he was welcomed by Fr. Francisco Méndez, VEN Provincial, by the members of the Provincial Council and by the directors of the various Salesian centers in the country. Fr Ploch will visit all the Salesian houses to learn firsthand on the work of the Salesians in the midst of the country's worst crisis, and to bring a message of accompaniment from the Rector Major.
Udon Thani, Thailand - March 2018 - The Salesian school "Don Bosco Vittaya" of Udon Thani celebrated its 60th anniversary with a sporting event consisting of several marathons of various distances. The event gathered around 3,500 participants and was followed by a celebratory evening with over 3,000 people taking part and circa 250 artists performing. The event was opened by Msgr. Joseph Prathan Sridarunsil, SDB, bishop of Surat Thani, and Fr John Bosco Thepharat Pitisant, Provincial of the Thailand Province, with the participation of various Salesians.
Vienna, Austria - March 2018 - A group of young Syrians and Austrians have started the "Ambassadors for Peace in Syria" platform with the aim of creating, through the Internet, a broadbased network of peace: www.syria-peaceambassadors.org The new platform is an inter-religious initiative inviting everyone to be ambassadors of peace by joining and subscribing online at the website. Mahmoud Al Alabdallah, one of the creators, said, "It hurts me that there is still war in my homeland. We need a global peace movement." The promoters invite all signatories to commit themselves so that "no more weapons are delivered and the fighting ceases immediately." The appeal is aimed primarily at the men of Syria and the politicians in power. The promoters come from the Salesian volunteer project "Don Bosco for the refugees" which in Vienna has, since 2015, been offering intensive German-language courses to 70 refugees aged between 16 and 30, most of whom are Syrians. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/syria.peaceambassadors/