Jaboatão dos Guararapes, Brazil - July 2021 - The annual meeting of Salesians in formation began on 27 July in the Retreat House of Jaboatão-Colônia, which includes pre-novices, post-novices, trainees and theology students. The event is led by Fr Carlos Mendes Júnior, Coordinator of the Commission for Formation of the Province of Brazil-Recife (BRE). July 27 was dedicated to a Day of Spirituality; July 28 was animated by theology students with an in-depth study and contact with the provincial mission. On 29 July, with the animation of the pre-novices, the in-depth theme will be on human formation; and finally on 30 July the Salesians in formation will meet with the other Salesians for the celebration of the feast day of the Provincial community.
Cotonou, Benin - July 2021 - To help young people in street situations understand the importance of self-care, the Salesian Center "Mamma Margaret" in Cotonou has started the production of bracelets of small pearls with transparent thread. After the young people have manufactured the bracelets, the NGO "Mi Baobab" proceeds to market them. The proceeds, albeit modest, are used to remunerate young people who prefer to make bracelets rather than work in the market. The "Mamma Margherita" Center is studying other activities in order to convince young people that there is an alternative to life on the street.
Panama City, Panama - July 2021 - The "Don Bosco Technical Institute" presented the "Faith and Hope Project" on 12 July to the Minister of Education of Panama, Dr. Maruja Gorday de Villalobos, and her work team. The project, presented by Dr. Victor Costella, Coordinator of the new Center for Technical and Vocational Training "San Juan Bosco", aims to train teachers and students of the official vocational and technical schools (IPT) in various sectors: autotronics, mechatronics, industrial design and graphic arts, which will allow young people to quickly enter the world of work. The "Faith and Hope Project" will be developed in four important phases with the accompaniment of the instructors and teachers of the IPT: professional technical training for young people with disabilities, knowledge management for sustainable development, professional technical training for entrepreneurs and school reintegration for young people at risk. The project will be carried out in person in class, but also in part-time and virtual mode via the Classroom and Microsoft Teams platforms.
Dimapur, India - July 2021 - AIDA, the Planning and Development Office of the Salesian Province of Dimapur (IND), is bringing aid to families who have lost their sources of income due to the lockdown. Among the activities carried out in recent weeks: 213 families from the "North Block" and "Rainbow Colony" under the "Burma Camp", in the Dimapur district, received food; as did 100 other families from the village of Haldibari in Golaghat, where the entire area is in quarantine. AIDA also reached 210 families in the villages of Lakhijan and Ekrani in the Karbianglong district of the state of Assam, where the situation is very serious.