(ANS – Dili) – A flash flood caused by torrential rains crippled areas around the capital city of Dili, East Timor, as well as some nearby islands in Eastern Indonesia (NTT), including the island of Flores and the Western part of Timor Island, Indonesia, in the early morning hours (3-5 AM) of Easter Sunday (April 4). To date, reports claim there are some 160+ victims of landslides and houses buried under mud, kilometres of destroyed road, and thousands of displaced people. In Dili, the water in the rivers rise as much as 2-4 meter above the ordinary level.
(ANS - Tambacounda) - "Cultivating the skills of young people. Formation in agroecology in Tambacounda (Senegal)". This is the name of the project that the Salesian NGO Bosco Global has recently started with the support of the “Fons Menorquí de Cooperació Internacional”. The initiative is encouraging and was received with great enthusiasm by 10 young people, boys and girls, students of the Don Bosco Vocational Training Center in Tambacounda and their families, about 50 people.
(ANS - Ankililoaka) - In Ankililoaka, in the south-western area of Madagascar, the Salesian mission represents an important point of reference for the local population. The Salesians of Don Bosco are concerned with offering them hospitality, medical assistance, education, but - above all - help and hope. One of them, Fr Giovanni Corselli, a missionary in the country for almost 40 years, interviewed by the news agency Fides, describes how his life changed when, in September 2019, he arrived in the missionary district of Ankililoaka, where he had started the Salesian work with the current Bishop of Moramanga, Mons.Rosario Vella, SDB, back in September 1981.
Ethiopia – Don Bosco flag flying high at Harvard University
(ANS – Addis Ababa) – Yeabsira Tofik Mohammed, a grade 12 student at “Don Bosco Mekanissa”, Addis Ababa, has been admitted to the Class of 2025 at Harvard University. She is super excited at her achievement and was kind enough to give an interview for the “Don Bosco Bulletin” of Ethiopia.
RMG – Salesian Youth Movement in prayer for Myanmar
(ANS - Rome) - Day after day, people from all over the world look on at the photos and videos of the brutalities emerging from the streets of Myanmar with horror: large columns of security forces, in full riot gear, surrounding peaceful demonstrators, water cannons fired upon the growing crowd, demonstrators who are beaten ... Young people are the victims of the inhuman violation of democracy.
Mexico – Not even pandemic can stop Salesian Refectory "Father Chava"
(ANS - Tijuana) - The "Proyecto Salesiano Tijuana" A.C. (PST) has been bringing some hope to Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico for 34 years. Today it is divided into 8 programs (5 oratories, 2 educational institutions and a public canteen), located in the city's most vulnerable and conflictual areas, and every month it serves about 30,000 people with food, medical and psychological services, legal advice, sports, cultural activities, and basic education. During the pandemic, the PST was forced to suspend some activities; in the educational part, it adapted to the protocols suggested by the government, while for Masses it followed the indications received from the archdiocese of Tijuana ... But the only place where the doors have never closed, while always respecting the rules of biosecurity, is the Salesian Refectory "Father Chava".
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My friends, readers of the Salesian Bulletin, I greet you again with all cordiality by means of this Salesian magazine founded by Don Bosco himself. It was his intention to use this bulletin to convey to the laity the reality of his young Salesian Congregation, which sought to be faithful to God as it was growing little by little. As we read in the 1877 issue, it "is published to give a report of things done or to be done according to the purpose of the Salesian mission, which is the care of souls and the good of civil society."