(ANS – Kigali) – As the African continent celebrates the Day of the African Child, the Salesians of Don Bosco in the Africa of the Great Lakes Province (Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda) call on parents to join hands in caring for the welfare of the children from birth to adulthood because that is what will help them to become good and valuable citizens for the country of origin and the continent in general.
(ANS - Madrid) - World Refugee Day will be celebrated on Sunday 20 June. In Spain, last year, only 5% of the approximately 115,000 asylum applications were accepted, a percentage far below the European average of 33%. The Salesian Social Platforms assist about 1,000 people seeking international protection or refugee status, through residential resources for international protection, social and work integration programs, language learning, and hospitality.
(ANS – Bangkok) – The Covid-19 pandemic in Thailand is still going on, not only in Bangkok, the capital city. From the daily statistics issued, the number of people infected is still at the level between 2,300 - 3,000 people. From the recent survey, there have been infections of persons working in big factories, in many provinces, especially in Phetchaburi Province. Some 3,000 people were tested Covid-19 positive out of 5,000 workers, mostly from neighbouring countries. The virus has spread through the adjacent villages. The government has put more effort to bring the vaccines to the people, but percentage-wise, the numbers are not high. More time is needed.
Poland – A new work for Krakow Province 5
(ANS - Szczyrk) - On 5 June 2021 a new building for the Krakow Province (PLS) was inaugurated and blessed: "Dom Rekolekcyjno-Wypoczynkowy dla Młodzieży Górka" (Retreat and Recreation House for Youth), located in Szczyrk, in Southern Poland. Presenting it today is Fr Gabriel Stawowy, Economer of the PLS Province and the intitiative's principal Coordinator.
RMG – XII Congress of Past Pupils of Asia and Oceania
(ANS - Rome) - The 12th Congress of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco of Asia and Oceania will take place on 25 and 26 June, the first to be carried out digitally. The two-day online program envisions three sessions with the evaluation of the path taken since the previous Congress in Dili, Timor Leste (2016), reports from each Alumni National and Provincial Federation as well with two special inputs and the possibility for smaller group interaction.
United States – Funding supports most vulnerable during pandemic with food and prevention measures
(ANS – New Rochelle) – When the global COVID-19 pandemic struck and countries began lockdowns, Salesian missionaries around the globe went into action ensuring that those who were impacted in their local communities had the food and hygiene supplies they needed. Missionaries also quickly began to shift how they worked with poor children and their families, including working to provide education online when possible. To aid these efforts, significant funding was needed.