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10 Jul 2017 description
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(MissionNewswire) Sri Lanka’s southwest monsoon season, which runs from May to September, has brought unusually heavy rains even for the season. The most recent rains at the end of May caused major floods and landslides. Salesian missionaries living and working in the region report that the local Disaster Management Center has reported 202 deaths and 96 people missing. More than 77,000 people have been displaced and more than 1,500 homes destroyed. A Salesian House was also affected with its perimeter wall collapsing.

22 Jul 2015 description
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(MissionNewswire) The Salesian-run New Beginnings program, operating out of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, recently celebrated 840 Sri Lankan refugees in a graduation ceremony on July 5 at the Don Bosco Secondary School in the city of Thanjavur. The New Beginnings program offers technical and vocational courses and skills training as well as job placement services to aid refugees in finding employment in their new countries.

15 Jan 2015 description
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Heavy rains across Southeast Asia have killed dozens of people and displaced tens of thousands in Thailand, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. The area is bracing for more flooding as heavy rain is expected to continue over the next few days.

According to an Associated Press report, at least nine people were killed and 10 others were missing in mudslides triggered by heavy rains on Dec. 26 in the central hills of Sri Lanka.

18 Nov 2014 description
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(MissionNewswire) For the fifth year, Salesian Missions has received funding from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration to conduct its New Beginnings program assisting Sri Lankan Refugees in Tamil Nadu, India. To date, close to 2,500 refugees have received vocational training scholarships through the program.

18 Oct 2012 description
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(MissionNewswire) The first-ever International Day of the Girl Child was recognized on Oct. 11, 2012. Established to promote equal treatment and opportunities for girls, the International Day is an acknowledgment by the world community that there is a disparity in the way the rights of girls and boys are protected and promoted.

11 Oct 2012 description
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Two recent shipments of goods are making a major impact on the lives of the most vulnerable youth and their families in communities in Sri Lanka. Recently, a shipment of 250 baby strollers made its way to four Salesian-run sites that serve 811 children in need and provide assistance to needy families.

25 Apr 2012 description
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Childhood should be a time of innocence and schooling. But that’s not the reality for youth in Sri Lanka being recruited to fight the country’s civil war. For these youth, it’s weapons and war rather than school books and play.

While the civil war’s official end came in May 2009, the recruitment of child soldiers continues to rise according to Douglas Devanada, Minister for Tamil Social Services. He quotes reliable sources that say that the LTTE (the rebel group of the Tamil Tigers in the north of Sri Lanka) aims to recruit about 60,000 children in the north of the country.