(ANS - Cape Town) - South Africa is a place rich in history, which has not yet managed to come to terms with its past: apartheid, racial segregation, has been definitively abolished, but social inequalities continue to still run deep. Being born from a family that until a few years ago was experiencing the violence of segregation is really a big burden to bear: unemployment, crime, dropping out of school continue to be phenomena that involve those young people who are still suffering the effects of apartheid.
(ANS - Oeiras) – On Wednesday 14 April, Msgr. Edilson Soares Nobre, diocesan bishop of Oeiras, in the state of Piauí, Brazil, presided at a Eucharist in the Cathedral Church of Our Lady of Victory to give thanks to God for the arrival of the Salesians of Don Bosco in these lands of the interior of Piauí. The celebration was accompanied by the city's parish priests and by a group of lay people and young people from the parishes. Fr Gabriel Romero, Councilor for the America South Cone Region, was present at the celebration to sign the deed that officially launches this new Salesian presence and to accompany the religious who, a few weeks prior, began to extend the Salesian charism and Don Bosco's missionary dream even further.
(ANS - Madrid) - They are an economic and submissive workforce, easily replaceable, requiring little food, no wages and who, not knowing their rights, do not protest: these are the children in conditions of slavery. More than 150 million children work around the world. Of these, nearly half, more than 73 million, are employed in dangerous jobs that put their lives at risk. At least 9 million children in the world are slaves in the 21st century, and today, April 16, is the International Day against Child Slavery. The Salesians want to break the chains that oppress and enslave them.
(ANS - Vitória) - With almost 13.7 million people infected and more than 361,000 dead (John Hopkins University data), Brazil is today among the countries hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. For this reason, the initiative carried out by the Salesian university center "UniSales" of Vitória, in the State of Espírito Santo, for those people who, having recovered from the disease, continue to suffer from long-term ailments, takes on even greater value.
(ANS - Butare) - In Rango, in the city of Butare, in southern Rwanda, there is a Salesian work that was started in 1996, two years after the terrible genocide that cost the lives of 800,000 people. It is composed of a parish, an oratory, and a large Vocational Training Center. The house, currently expanding, with works that aim to offer new and better opportunities to young people in need, also gives shelter and the possibility of changing their lives to dozens of street children, who otherwise would risk spending their entire existence living by expedients, on the fringes of society.