Naigaon, India – February 2024 – The coach of the Indian Under 16 women's team, Biby Thomas Muttath, has announced the 23-member squad that will take part in the next South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women's Championship to be held in Lalitpur, Nepal, from 1 to 10 March 2024. Among those summoned there is also a student from Don Bosco high school in Naigaon, Gauri Gurav, who will be the first girl from the district of Palghar to represent India in football. Fr Anthony Fonseca, SDB, Principal of the school, in congratulating her also encouraged other students to play sports and stressed the importance of courage, collaboration and sharing to succeed in future ventures. The Vice-Principal of the school and Sports Director, Fr Joaquim Fernandes, joined the congratulations, adding how the institute is committed to creating transformational leadership through sport and how the coach-athlete relationship strengthens the sense of group. Gauri, for her part, thanked God and recalled the many sacrifices made to achieve this dream, expressing a thought for her parents, the coach and the Salesian school for having believed in her and cultivated her talent.
Kinshasa, DR Congo – February 2024 - The young people from the Salesian Missionary Group in Kinshasa celebrated a day of fraternity through which they began the new year. A moment of prayer opened the event, led by Fr Christian Balabakeba, SDB, which was followed by a presentation of the Salesian Missionary Group through the theme "Missionaries, prophets of fraternity", by Fr. Jacques Isha, SDB, coordinator of the Group. During his address, Fr Isha reminded all the missionaries that it is Jesus who sends on a mission, and he always sends the missionaries two by two, to be strong and effective together, in a true dynamic of fraternity. The day ended with a fraternal moment that brought Salesian joy to young people and recalled the group's motto: "Together, let us dare for the Mission".
Peniche, Portugal – February 2024 – A group of 52 students from the Salesian secondary school in Lisbon, accompanied by teachers João Fialho and Rita Santos and Salesians Ricardo Mendes and Fr Juan Freitas, participated in "Soul Mission", in the municipality of Peniche, from 10 to 17 February. "Believe in me" was the theme that guided this mission, in which young people deepened their faith and their relationship with God. During the week, divided into seven groups, the children lent a hand at the Padre Bastos Social Centre and the Santa Casa della Misericordia Centre, in two nurseries and in the Aconchego children's centre. They also had the opportunity to offer a testimony to the students at Peniche secondary school and to lead the daily rosary and Eucharist at the parish. The population of Peniche welcomed this group of young people with an open hearts and enormous enthusiasm and it is hoped that this experience can be repeated next year.
Quito, Ecuador – February 2024 - At the El Girón campus of the Salesian Polytechnic University, headquarters in Quito, the 2024 Communication Formation Week was held, focused on audiovisual production in Salesian terms. This edition was attended by prenovices, postnovices and lay collaborators of the Salesian works. The purpose of this initiative was to train participants in advanced audiovisual production techniques, providing them with the necessary tools to create meaningful and impactful content in the digital context. This, in order to promote the Salesian vocation during the vocation week of March 2024. The 2024 communication formation week program included a series of talks, formation topics and workshops designed to address different aspects of contemporary communication. All this process was supported by the professors of the Communication and Multimedia Design courses at UPS.