(ANS - Vitória) - With almost 13.7 million people infected and more than 361,000 dead (John Hopkins University data), Brazil is today among the countries hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. For this reason, the initiative carried out by the Salesian university center "UniSales" of Vitória, in the State of Espírito Santo, for those people who, having recovered from the disease, continue to suffer from long-term ailments, takes on even greater value.
(ANS - Butare) - In Rango, in the city of Butare, in southern Rwanda, there is a Salesian work that was started in 1996, two years after the terrible genocide that cost the lives of 800,000 people. It is composed of a parish, an oratory, and a large Vocational Training Center. The house, currently expanding, with works that aim to offer new and better opportunities to young people in need, also gives shelter and the possibility of changing their lives to dozens of street children, who otherwise would risk spending their entire existence living by expedients, on the fringes of society.
(ANS - Úbeda) - The Salesian institute in Úbeda is starting a new community communication project, which involves the recovery of the old radio station "Radio Atalaya". This station operated on radio waves, but the new project, "OndaAlegre", foresees the use of current technology, which will allow this school radio to be developed digitally, and to ensure that students and Salesians who want to share their stories can also be heard from places much further away than before.
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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THE TRUE RESURRECTION
The one that touches peoples’ lives and transforms them
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."