(ANS - New Rochelle) - Since the beginning of the pandemic, "Salesian Missions", the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, has responded to the emergency by helping the most affected populations in the most critical conditions. Thanks to its funds, food rations, personal hygiene products and medical care have been provided.
Yesterday we celebrated the International Literacy Day established by UNESCO in 1965.
Currently, too many are still unable to access education.
Wroclaw, Poland - August 2020 - The "Salesian Youth Voluntary Missionary Service for the World" in Wroclaw launched the "UNITY vs COVID-19" campaign, with the aim of responding to the recent requests of the Salesian missionaries of Gambia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Cameroon, South Sudan, Mongolia and India. As part of this campaign, the volunteers photographed several African women, portrayed as they carry vegetables, water, firewood, fruit and much more on their heads. This mode of transport is not a choice, but a necessity dictated by the environmental and topographical conditions. By wearing or carrying items on their head, the women free their hands for the trip.
Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo - August 2020 - On 19 August 2020 the “Maria Assumption” Province (AFC) welcomed Fr Alphonse Owoudou, Councilor for the Africa-Madagascar Region. It was a visit that expresses his missionary closeness to the whole Salesian Family of the AFC Province. The collaborators and confreres who welcomed him expressed their joyful welcome with a song in Swahili. At the end, Fr Alphonse addressed a word of thanks to all present.
Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo - August 2020 - In their service of accompanying the vulnerable population, the Salesians of the Vice Province of Africa Congo Congo (ACC) do their utmost to visit the elderly, distribute food and basic necessities, as well as provide information on the correct use of anti-Covid-19 protection devices.
Don Bosco Tech Africa (DBTA) is in the process of developing a “TVET Providers Quality Management System Framework (QMSF)” that will later guide the process of developing individual Don Bosco TVET Quality Management System (QMS) in the Africa – Madagascar Region. The organisation is conducting a five (5) day online training on “Quality Management System” which kicked off on Monday 10th August 2020.
The objective of this training is to build a pool of quality champions who will contribute to the formulation of QMSF and later work as multipliers in their respective Provinces and countries for developing and implementing the Quality Management System for the TVET Centers.
The training is being conducted by Sleek Management Consultancy, with ten (10) participants drawn from; AET, AFE, AFE-SU, AFO, AGL, MDG, MOZ and ZMB Provinces. These training sessions are also being attended by the DBTA team, among them; Fr. TJ George (Executive Director), Br. John Njuguna (Deputy Director), Jean Nepo and Joseph Kamau (both DBTA Project Officers).
Among the key topics being explored during this training are;
- Fundamentals & Evolution of Quality Management
- Introduction to ISO 9000 Standards & QMS Concepts
- Quality Management Principles
- Requirements of ISO 9001: 2015
- Steps to Certification to ISO 9001:2015
The participants are expected to closely work with DBTA team and the Consultant in developing the QMSF as a way of reinforcing their skills and knowledge.
RMG – In conversation with the General Councilor for Formation, Fr Ivo Coelho
(ANS - Rome) - The 28th General Chapter confirmed Fr Ivo Coelho in his position as General Councilor for Formation, to which he was called in 2014. After six years of activity, he still has important objectives that he intends to pursue to promote the quality of formation of today's Salesians. Today he illustrates the path followed and the prospects for the future.
RMG - Online meeting of the Salesian publishers of America
(ANS - Rome) - From 17 to 19 September 2020 the meeting of the Salesian publishers of the America South Cone and Interamerica regions took place via videoconference. It brought together those in charge for the sector from Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, Chile, Argentina. The event was chaired by Fr Gildásio Mendes dos Santos, General Councilor for Social Communication, with presentations by Fr Hugo Orozco, Councilor for the Interamerica Region, and Fr Gabriel Romero, Councilor for the America South Cone Region. Also present was Marta Palomares, coordinator of the Salesian publishers in Europe.
Italy – Simply priests
(ANS - Rome) - On 15 September 1993, in Palermo, Fr Pino Puglisi was brutally killed by the mafia. A symbolic coincidence, on the same day of this year Fr Roberto Malgesini was killed. Fr Puglisi was bothersome because he distanced young people from the world of crime, removed from the street those boys who, without his help, would have been sucked into the life of organized crime, used for small robberies and drug dealing. Fr Malgesini had always been involved in helping people in difficulty, the poorest people. For years he translated the Christian message into practice, bringing breakfast to the poor, accompanying them to doctors himself, managing the municipal canteen and dormitory, welcoming people, mainly migrants.