Paraguay - Large contribution of the Salesian Family to the "Fundación Teletón"

26 October 2016

(ANS - Minga Guazú) - "An estimated 150 million children worldwide live with a disability and 80% of them live in poor countries". Pope Francis said he regretted that these people with disabilities are often "separated, in some enclosure or sheltered with piety and welfare so that they do not slow down the pace of progress and false comfort." The "Fundación Teletón" is a private non-profit organization that helps children and adolescents with disabilities. This year the Salesians of Paraguay have collaborated in its initiatives by donating an area of ​​16,000 m².

Fundación Teletón has opened a Centre for Integral Rehabilitation in the city of Minga Guazú, which will care for and help 500 children and adolescents. It was built on the 16,000 m²  donated by the Salesians..

The Centre for Integral Rehabilitation, the fourth of its kind, was inaugurated in the presence of volunteers and beneficiaries of the foundation, by the President, Horacio Cartes, along with other authorities. Fr Dionisio Medina, SDB, spoke to all present and blessed the new building.

The Executive Director of the foundation, Andrés Silva, highlighted the importance of helping those in need, especially children and adolescents who have disabilities. He said that thanks to the Salesians they can now benefit from a service accessible to them.

The new centre is 20 km from Minga Guazú on Road 7. It will be of benefit to hundreds of families who currently have to travel up to seven hours to reach the nearest suitable centre.

The new centre has a building for visitors, rooms for hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, a multi-sensory room, occupational therapy, a multipurpose hall for meetings and various other facilities.

This achievement was made possible thanks to the contributions of the citizens, the Salesian Province of Paraguay and the Itaipú Binacional company, and the collaboration of volunteers and of the City of Minga Guazú.

The mission of the Fundación Teletón is to develop integral services for progressive rehabilitation at national level, for people with disabilities and their families by promoting an inclusive society and coordinating the efforts of various sectors of the community, through events, campaigns, programmes and initiatives.

Don Bosco's words are still relevant today: "Let us give enough if we want to receive a lot."


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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