Brazil - Joint educational project at the shrine of "São José" benefiting hundreds of children and teenagers

30 January 2017

(ANS - Manaus) - Solidarity is one of the most important and essential values ​​for all human beings. Zygmunt Bauman observed in his famous book "Liquid Love" that our culture no longer considers commitment as a value. But the truth is that "we came to this world as brothers. And we walk, joining his hands and facing each other." This is the kind of solidarity the Manaus Salesian Youth Ministry has implemented for the benefit of hundreds of children, adolescents and young people.

This year the young people of the Salesian Youth Ministry organized a special solidarity project.  At the Shrine of "São José" in Manaus they donated educational material to about 320 children. The project, which is taking place for the second consecutive year, was inspired by Don Bosco "who dedicated his life to young people, giving them love, affection and an evangelization which led them to God and to a holistic education."

The initiative was carried out at the beginning of the courses, since the teaching material is expensive and many poor families cannot afford it. The aim was to collect the basic school materials to be distributed to children of the communities near the Shrines (Mary Help of Christians, Queen of Peace and St. Hedwig of Silesia, and other nearby locations).

In addition to receiving school kits, the children and teenagers also benefited by participating in games and songs, and other preventive health activities, such as dental care. Their parents also participated in the project of solidarity and received a training session.

Within the Project of Solidarity Education, Salesian Youth Ministry has prepared a series of activities, which will begin from March, to help children and young people in public schools. These will include Portuguese lessons, Mathematics and Biology and will be given by students of the Federal University of Amazonas and the University of the State of Amazonas.

“I ask everyone,” Pope Francis once said, “to remember two things: human dignity and the common good.”


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