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14 Aug 2018 description
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(MissionNewswire) Alamin Abkar, a married 34 year old father of three, has been able to launch his own business in Egypt thanks to the Salesian Missions Sunrise Project. A refugee from the Sudan who is responsible for caring for his wife and children, Abkar is blind but did not want to let his impairment stop him from earning a living in his new community.

13 Aug 2018 description
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(MissionNewswire) Kakuma was established in 1992 near Kenya’s border with South Sudan and was a place of refuge for unaccompanied minors fleeing warring factions in what was then southern Sudan. Today, the Kakuma refugee camp has more than 185,000 refugees, well over the 120,000-person capacity for which it was built.

07 Jul 2018 description
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(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries in Egypt are offering new seed grants to past graduates of the Salesian Sunrise Project for refugees and vulnerable Egyptians. This year, 400 people are receiving support as part of this project. In addition, 80 past graduates were invited to participate in in-depth seed fund grant training. These graduates submitted entrepreneurial projects to the Sunrise team who chose to fund approximately 40 projects. Selected grantees received $500 and six months of mentorship to launch their business.

18 Jun 2018 description
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(MissionNewswire) The One Hundred Village Schools project launched in South Sudan in 2012 by the Salesian missionary office Don Bosco Nanum, based in Seoul, South Korea, has been a great success. To date, 74 elementary schools have been built and nearly 15,000 children have been impacted. These children are now engaged in education and gaining the foundational skills needed for higher learning.

17 Apr 2018 description
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(MissionNewswire) Father David Tulimelli, parish priest at the Salesian St. Vincent de Paul parish which operates Don Bosco Gumbo, has dedicated his life to the youth of South Sudan. He has been a witness to the young country’s troubles and was praised in 2016 for his efforts to assist those who were internally displaced by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. Fr. Tulimelli fed 4,000 in that year as the country’s refugee crisis intensified.

07 Mar 2018 description
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(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries recently launched a new Salesian center for South Sudanese refugees in at the Don Bosco Palabek Refugees Resettlement Camp in northern Uganda. The refugee camp is currently hosting 42,000 people with an average of 300 new refugees arriving each week from South Sudan. The camp was officially set up in April 2016 to reduce congestion in larger refugee camps in the northwestern corner of Uganda. Uganda hosts close to 1.3 million refugees.

28 Oct 2017 description
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(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries are providing five chapels and working to set up a nursery and primary school in the Palabek Refugee Camp in northern Uganda. The refugee camp is currently hosting 34,000 South Sudanese refugees. The camp was officially set up in April 2016 to reduce congestion in larger refugee camps in the north-western corner of Uganda. Uganda hosts close to 1.3 million refugees within its boundaries.

10 Jul 2017 description
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(MissionNewswire) Conflict and famine in South Sudan are severely affecting minors across the country. In March 2017, a famine was declared in parts of South Sudan. UN agencies warn that almost 5 million people urgently need food, agriculture and nutrition assistance. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) noted that ongoing war and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation, and another 1 million people are classified as being on the brink of famine.

14 Dec 2016 description
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Father David Tulimelli, parish priest at the Salesian St. Vincent de Paul parish which operates Don Bosco Gumbo, has recently been praised for his efforts to assist those who have been internally displaced by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. According to a Premier Christian Radio article, Fr. Tulimelli fed 4,000 in a year as the country’s refugee crisis intensified.

07 Dec 2016 description
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Salesian missionaries have been working in Tonj, a town in the northwest region of South Sudan, for several years. Their focus has been on providing education and social development services for poor youth through the operation of primary and secondary schools and youth centers. In addition, the missionaries operate several medical clinics, including a leprosy clinic, as well as a hospital.

13 Jul 2016 description
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(MissionNewsire) A fragile truce has been declared by both sides in the struggle for power in South Sudan after days of fighting erupted coinciding with the country’s fifth anniversary of independence from Sudan. On Monday, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir demanded an immediate end to the fighting between his soldiers and those loyal to his rival Vice President Riek Machar, according to news released by CNN.

07 Jul 2016 description
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(MissionNewsire) A primary school in Khartoum, the capital and second largest city of Sudan, operated by Salesian Sisters from the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, provides education and social development services to 400 children. Nearly 80 percent of the students in the school are victims of the war in South Sudan. Many are deeply wounded, scared, sick and above all very hungry. The Salesian Sisters provide the students shelter, nutritious meals and education.

29 Jun 2016 description
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(MissionNewsire) Salesian missionaries have expanded their technical training offered to refugees at the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Classes started in January 2016 after expansion of the program and construction on new facilities were completed in December 2015. Kakuma is operated by UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency, in collaboration with Salesian missionaries in the country as well as several other humanitarian organizations. The camp offers refugees safety, security and life-saving services such as housing, healthcare, clean water and sanitation.

05 Apr 2016 description
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Salesian missionaries have completed a water well project in Morobo, a village less than two miles away from Don Bosco Gumbo, a Salesian center located in the town of Gumbo on the outskirts of Juba, the largest city and capital of South Sudan. The village had been completely destroyed during the country’s fight for independence in 2011 and much of its population had fled to safer areas. Despite continued fighting across South Sudan even after independence was gained, close to 4,000 people have come back to make the village of Morobo their home once again.

03 Mar 2016 description
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(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries at Don Bosco Gumbo, located in the town of Gumbo on the outskirts of Juba, the largest city and capital of South Sudan, have been continuing their work in the area despite violence and increasing famine in the country. Recently, missionaries have begun providing food aid to the more than 3,000 internally displaced people who are accessing shelter and services at Don Bosco Gumbo. Last month, 29 additional families arrived after fleeing violence in other regions of the country.

04 Nov 2015 description
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By MissionNewswire at November 3, 2015

(MissionNewswire) Two Salesian missionaries, Father Vincenzo Donati and Brother James Comino, have been working to build schools across South Sudan since the country’s independence in 2011. The “One Hundred Village Schools for South Sudan” project started in 2012 and since that time, 60 primary schools, comprised of four classrooms and a teacher’s office, have been built across the Salesian dioceses in the country. These schools are currently educating 13,500 children. The remaining 40 schools are expected to be completed by 2017.

19 Jun 2015 description
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In countries around the globe, Salesian missionaries are assisting close to 400,000 refugees and internally displaced persons whose lives have been affected by war, persecution, famine and natural disasters such as floods, droughts and earthquakes. Salesian programs provide refugees much needed education and technical skills training, workforce development, healthcare and nutrition. Each year, June 20 marks World Refugee Day, a day that honors the plight of millions of refugees and internally displaced people around the globe.

16 Jun 2015 description
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(MissionNewswire) The U.N World Food Programme made an announcement in June that due to a shortfall in donor funding it plans to cut food rations for half a million refugees living in camps in northern Kenya, according to a recent Thomas Reuters Foundation article. Food rations will be cut by close to a third for the primarily Somali and South Sudanese refugees at the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps. Also affected are the more than one thousand refugees participating in Salesian programs at the Kakuma refugee camp.

02 Apr 2015 description
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(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries continue to provide services to refugees at the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Kakuma is operated by UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency, in collaboration with Salesian missionaries in the country as well as several other humanitarian organizations. The camp offers refugees safety, security and life-saving services such as housing, healthcare, clean water and sanitation.