Víctor was born 23 years ago in Santiago del Estero, where he lived with his parents, his grandmother and five brothers. There was no lack of affection in his house, but daily life was not easy. He lived in poverty and in a bad economic situation that forced him to sleep on the ground. Living in such conditions is not pleasant for anyone and even less for a child or adolescent.
Victor wanted to help but a teenager does not have many opportunities. "I was a rebel, I behaved badly, I came home late. Sometimes I went out and did not come back, without telling my parents. Also, communication between us brothers was interrupting: we could not even sit down at the table because we looked at each other badly." Education was not a priority in his life either.
In 2013 a group of friends told him about the Salesian project "Tejiendo Lazos" (Weaving ties, or laces), an educational proposal of the Don Bosco Oratory. Victor was encouraged and accompanied them. Once he arrived in the house, he no longer left.
"Fernando called me and made me one of the group." Victor speaks with gratitude of the Salesians Fernando and Julian and the coordinators Mario and Daniela. Together with many other collaborators, they support the project "Tejiendo Lazos", which every day organizes snacks, guitar and bakery workshops, sports and meetings.
Like Víctor, there are more than 80 boys and girls who participate in these activities. Among them are those from remote villages, such as Quimilí and Campo Gallo. Many of these young people bring adversities that concern them, with dreams and frustrations, with possibilities and risks. With the project "Tejiendo Lazos", they receive accompaniment, formation and words of comfort that encourage them to be better.
"The oratory has changed me a lot as a person. They look at me with different eyes. I am surprised at the treatment they give me. Here they make me feel at home. I haven't forgotten my past, but I love what is happening to me. My life has changed," confesses Víctor.
Víctor is currently studying to become a hairdresser and wants to become a chef to fulfill his dream of opening his own business. He knows he can do it: "Thanks to the oratory, today I think of a future for myself and for my family."