(MissionNewswire) - Salesian missionaries are able to build and equip a new science lab and expand courses to accommodate new students at the Mary Help of Christians Catholic School Matadi in Monrovia, Liberia thanks to Salesian Missions donors. The country is still recovering from a civil war and the deadly Ebola epidemic that affected 10,678 people with 4,810 reported deaths, according to the World Health Organization.
(MissionNewswire) Salesian Missions is committed to improving the wellbeing of children and families in Uganda, a country rebuilding after decades of war as well as facing the serious increase of HIV/AIDS cases which have left millions of children orphaned. Recently, Salesian Missions donors provided the Don Bosco Children and Life Mission, located in the town of Namugongo just 10 miles northeast of the city of Kampala in Central Uganda, the funding to support a Salesian program that helps children living in poverty who are HIV positive.
(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries with the Salesians of Social Welfare, also known as the SCS/CNOS Federation, are impacting youth and their families with the “I care about you” project in Italy. The project reaches out to homeless youth who gravitate to the central train stations of the Italian metropolitan areas. Many of these homeless youth are migrants who come to Italy searching for a better future.
(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries in Lima, Peru have launched a new program to assist the many migrants who are fleeing from Venezuela. BBC news reports that tens of thousands of Venezuelans are fleeing their country because of chronic shortages of food and medicines. Since 2014, millions of citizens have left Venezuela given the country’s longstanding economic crisis.
(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries working within Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, and surrounding communities received funding from Salesian Missions donors to purchase a new off-road vehicle. Salesian missionaries in this remote land-locked country in West Africa serve a population from many communities. Some outlying villages are a great distance away and most roads are unpaved making it hard to provide supplies and pastoral activities.
(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.
(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.
(MissionNewswire) Early in 2018, Salesian missionaries received a shipment of food, medicines and other items from Canada for their mission in San Benito Petén, Guatemala. Among the items received were 10 cases of protective masks for nurses which was far beyond what the mission though they could use. The masks proved extremely useful after the Fuego volcanic eruption that happened on Sunday, June 3.
(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries operate 10 centers throughout Myanmar to help those who are poor, marginalized and in need of education. One project that recently received donor funding through Salesian Missions is the Human Dignity Street Children project at Don Bosco Youth Center in Mandalay.
(MissionNewswire) The Salesian-run Don Bosco University in San Salvador, El Salvador has received 586 pieces of furniture for its School of Rehabilitation Sciences and School of Aeronautics thanks to a recent donation made possible by an ongoing partnership between Salesian Missions and IRN (Institution Recycling Network). IRN matches surplus items with organizations and people who need them. Those impacted by the recent donation include 159 first-year students of rehabilitation sciences and 737 students of aeronautics.
(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.
(MissionNewswire) Poor youth and their families attending the Mary Help of Christians parish, located in Mindanao, Philippines, have access to clean, safe water thanks to funding provided by Salesian Missions’ “Clean Water Initiative.” The Salesian parish continues to care for more than 1,400 Catholic families who live in the surrounding five local villages. They attend services in the 24 chapels dispersed in the area.
(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.
(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries are responding to needs of residents who were affected by the Fuego volcanic eruption that happened on Sunday, June 3. The head of Guatemala’s National Forensic Sciences Institute has reported the latest death toll stands at more than 100 people with more than 200 still reported missing and nearly 3,000 people wounded and displaced. After the eruption, towns were engulfed by thick, heavy ash.
(MissionNewswire) The Don Bosco Vocational Training Center in Myitkyina, Myanmar launched a new school on June 5. Students will be attending courses in carpentry, welding, electricity, automotive, tailoring, dressmaking and beautician programs. Over the last 11 years, more than 500 young men and women, aged 18 to 25 years, have graduated from its programs.
(MissionNewswire) On Sunday May 27, a devastating fire at a Don Bosco Fambul house in Freetown, Sierra Leone was caused by an electrical short-circuit. Everything in the Girls Shelter was lost in the fire and one of the 34 girls was slightly injured, with burns on her feet. The Salesian organization is one of Sierra Leone’s leading child-welfare organizations. The house affected is part of the organization’s Girls Shelter, which provides education and other services to girls and young women who have been victims of sexual assault and other abuses.
(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries with the Salesians of Social Welfare, also known as the SCS/CNOS Federation, are continuing their “I care about you” project in Italy. The project aims to reach out to young migrants and other homeless youth who gravitate to the central train stations of the Italian metropolitan areas. Every day these youth are at risk of becoming involved in criminal activities or being sexually exploited.
Salesian missionaries in Mont Ngafula, a municipality of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), have launched a new project to help women of the parish start small agricultural activities that generate income. The small town of Mont Ngafula is isolated because there is no roadway that connects it to the city. This causes some of the economic challenges. There is also a lack of water and electricity and few jobs for the residents. Families have difficulty meeting their basic needs in the community due to its many challenges.
(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries have inaugurated new school buildings after they were destroyed in the 7.8 earthquake that killed close to 700 and initially left tens of thousands homeless in Ecuador. The earthquake, which struck on April 16, 2016, destroyed water systems, collapsed roads and affected 33 health centers. In addition, 560 schools and close to 10,000 buildings were either damaged or completely destroyed.
By Stacy Jones MissionNewswire