What is the role of "Don Bosco Mondo"?
With the work of the NGO we support Salesians all over the world. Our organization was founded by members of the Salesian parish of Bonn, with the aim, initially, of supporting the work of the Salesians through the search for funds in favor of the activities they carry out. Then, over the years, we started to develop our own projects. In essence, "Don Bosco Mondo" seeks funds to invest in projects that favor children and young people in precarious conditions.
What projects are you currently carrying out in Bolivia?
We are supporting Salesians in the fields of technical and agricultural training. In this country, in fact, there are several agricultural training centers. We also support the integral education of children with disabilities, and in the Salesian works of El Alto we are collaborating within the new infrastructure of the Don Bosco Institute. At Cochabamba we are sustaining the design of a support center for children with and without disabilities. And we are also starting a project of support in the agricultural sector, because we have good work experience in the sector, especially in fostering relationships with the local communities: we want, in fact, to include the communities that live around these centers to offer them concrete help and support.
Who do you help through the projects of "Don Bosco Mondo"?
The priority in our projects is given to children and young people, especially those who are poor and in a situation of real need, but we do not forget all those people who, regardless of age, need support to have a dignified life. We are driven by the fact that in many countries, including Germany, there are children and young people who cannot access good education and we want to help them all to have a chance to develop. All the work we do is done through coordination with the Salesians who work in the different countries.