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.
Pakkred, Thailand - March 2020 - The Pakkred Skills Development Center for the Blind, Nonthaburi, celebrated its award ceremony for 76 students. The event was honored by the presence of Mr. Khan Prachuabmoh, President of the Foundation for the Blind of Thailand. Students received their diploma after completing their courses in Thai massage for Health by blind practitioners; helpers of traditional Thai medicine; traditional Thai massage and Thai massage for Health. The Center has been under the care of the Salesians of Don Bosco since 1978. Currently, Fr Charles Velardo, SDB, and the Salesian coadjutor brother Joseph Suwan, supervise the center together with a staff of 22 lay people, with 50 students. The Center, in addition to education and work skills, offers students various sports activities that promote physical development and self-esteem. Most graduates are able to find work immediately and continue to improve their skills for many years.
Lubumbashi, D.R. Congo - March 2020 - On March 13, at the "Imara" Salesian Institute in Lubumbashi, the expanded committee of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) met to evaluate the pastoral activities of young people during the first semester and to reflect on future activities. The meeting was led by Fr Antoine Wenga, SYM chaplain, who encouraged participants to prepare the "Youth Easter".
Vatican City, Vatican - March 2020 - On March 18, Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Daniel Fernando Sturla Berhouet, SDB, Archbishop of Montevideo, Uruguay, as a member of the Commission of Cardinals of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA).