Minga Guazú, Paraguay - March 2020 - On March 2 at the "Don Bosco Temple", Km 16, the event called "Let's pray for peace" was held. Children, young people and adults, carrying white balloons and signs with phrases against violence, asked for justice for Naidelyn, a second-year student of the "Damas Salesianas" Institute in Minga Guazú, killed at the age of 7 during a tragic episode of violence. The following day, with a large celebration held in the Salesian parish dedicated to Mary Help of Christians, family, friends and citizens gave their last farewell to little Naidelyn.
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea - March 2020 - On 6 and 7 March, Fr Ambrore Pereira, SDB, Secretary for Social Communication of the Catholic Episcopal Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, together with his staff, conducted a seminar for animators on the theme "Keep it Clean, Go Green". The meeting was attended by 11 teachers from 9 schools of the Catholic Schools Agency, which also includes Salesian schools. After the opening of Fr Pereira, who invited the participants to reflect on their role as animators, the archbishop of Rabaul, Mgr. Francesco Panfilo, SDB, presented his book "Just Land Agreements", explaining the serious consequences of industrial deforestation in the country and an overview of land deals that do not benefit landowners; and Carol Aigilo, environmental and sustainability expert, who led a session entitled "Care for Creation." Other sessions concerned the radio program for young people "Chatroom", the creation of newsletters and bulletins in schools and video productions.
Freetown, Sierra Leone - 19 March 2020 – In recent days, Fr Jorge Mario Crisafulli, SDB, director of the Salesian work "Don Bosco Fambul" in Freetown, has launched a campaign for the prevention of coronaviruses for the center's beneficiaries and staff.
Natal, Brazil - March 2020 - The "São José" Salesian Institute of Natal, belonging to the Brazil-Recife Province (BRE), in order to counter the spread of the coronavirus has launched a prevention campaign among students, from primary school to junior high school. In the classrooms, teachers explain to students the importance of washing their hands correctly, how to use alcoholic disinfectant gel, the correct way to sneeze or cough away from classmates. According to Marcia Godoy, the school's pedagogical coordinator, the idea is to strengthen the personal hygiene of each student, and that each of them bring the concepts learned in school to their families.