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(ANS – Mumbai) – The World Health Organisation has estimated that 250 million children the world-over are affected by tobacco consumption. It's figures such as these, and others published in India, pointing to over 90 percent children in certain Indian states using tobacco and well over 50 percent opting for alcohol, cannabis and other inhalants, that has prompted the Don Bosco Research Centre (DBRC), under the leadership of Father Ajoy Fernandes to undertake a three-year-long study on substance abuse among school children, the findings of which have been published in a book penned by Father Fernandes, entitled “Preventing Substance Abuse Among School Children” a manual for teachers, being launched by Cardinal Oswald Gracias on June 29 in Mumbai.

(ANS - Turin) - Ahmed comes from Egypt, is a Muslim and he arrived in Italy three years ago. The family did not want to let him go, for fear of losing him in the waves of the Mediterranean but, convinced by a friend, Ahmed decided to leave with the help of his father. Now he has started a new life in Turin, accompanied by the sons of Don Bosco. "The most beautiful and important lesson I learned is to live in peace with people of different countries and religions and the recent visit of the Pope to Cairo is a beautiful demonstration of how we can be brothers," says Ahmed.

(ANS - Cotonou) - At the Summit on Sustainable Development, which took place in September 2015, UN member states adopted Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 "specific targets". The "Solidaridad Don Bosco" NGO educates children, teenagers, young people to change the way they see life, under the motto: "the secret of a better world." And who are the recipients of its activities? The boys and girls of Benin.

(ANS - Montevideo) - It was the afternoon of May 7, 1882, and the Salesian Institute Pius IX of Villa Colón, Uruguay, boasted of having a meteorological observatory: the first of the country and the second of South America after that of San Nicolás De los Arroyos.

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