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India – Don Bosco School Mebo has clean water access with new tanks thanks to Salesian Missions ‘Clean Water Initiative’

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India – Don Bosco School Mebo has clean water access with new tanks thanks to Salesian Missions ‘Clean Water Initiative’

(ANS – Mebo) – “Don Bosco School Mebo”, in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, has clean water access thanks to funding received by Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative,” which enabled it to build underground water tanks to harvest rainwater. Two of the three tanks have been constructed with the third delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The water tanks have been completed at the school and near the boys’ hostel. A final tank will be built near the girls’ hostel.

Don Bosco School Mebo provides education for 120 boys and 100 girls ages 5-15. There are 125 students who board at the school, along with 12 teachers. Most of the children attending the school come from poor families in the region.

The school needed its own water supply since there are no water sources supplied by the local government. Students and teachers had to use the river for bathing and washing clothes. The water was not safe, and there was a drowning risk for students. Drinking water was collected in small tanks that were not enough to supply the school. The new water tanks will provide clean water access for drinking, bathing and washing clothing, decreasing the risk of waterborne illness for staff and students.

“The water tank was completed before the monsoon season, and we collected the water from the school roof,” explained Father Mathew Palackel, provincial economer. “We also made small filter tanks to purify the water before it’s collected in the main tank. The purification is done by letting the water go through bricks, sand and charcoal.”

With more than 1.3 billion people, India’s growing population is putting a severe strain on the country’s natural resources. According to Water.org, close to 77 million people do not have access to safe water, and 769 million have no sanitation services. Most water sources throughout the country are contaminated by sewage and agricultural runoff.

While India has made some progress in the supply of safe water, there remain gross disparities in safe water access across the country. The World Bank estimates that 21 percent of communicable diseases in India are related to unsafe water with diarrhea alone causing more than 1,600 deaths daily. Access to proper sanitation is extremely poor, particularly in rural areas where only 14 percent of the population has access to a latrine.

In response to this crisis, Salesian Missions has developed a “Clean Water Initiative” that has made building wells and supplying fresh, clean water a top priority for every community in every country in which Salesian missionaries work.

Source: MissionNewswire

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  • India
  • Acqua
  • IND INDIA DIMAPUR
  • Missioni
  • Procure Missionarie
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Portugal – “E-vangelizar” week brings together over 1680 pastoral workers

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    Portugal – “E-vangelizar” week brings together over 1680 pastoral workers

    (ANS - Porto) - "E-vangelizar", the formation initiative promoted by "Edições Salesianas", the publishing house of the Portuguese Province, exceeds its boundaries: in the impossibility of carrying out the traditional itinerant mega-event, it transforms itself into a free, online week of formation. For eight nights, from 9 to 16 October, from 9 pm to 10 pm, the members were able to attend the training sessions for pastoral agents live on YouTube.

    The sessions were led by experienced animators who regularly collaborate with Salesian educational environments, and covered different topics: from psychology to cinema, from educational techniques and dynamics in times of pandemics to the evangelization of families.

    For each workshop, during the first 40 minutes of formation, the animators in charge presented the contents they had developed; then, in the remaining 20 minutes, there was the possibility for everyone to ask questions via chat.

    Despite the physical distance and some understandable technical difficulties, the excellence of the formators guaranteed the maintenance of what already characterizes the training activities promoted by "Edições Salesianas": dynamism, a simple and captivating language, a factual competence gained from well-developed educational practices.

    The fact that the event took place online, instead of being a limit, has extended the audience of pastoral agents, making it possible for catechists from all parts of the country, including the most remote islands, and even from other European and African countries to participate.

    The training videos were always broadcast live. They achieved an average of 1,640 views and remained with the event subscribers for the 24 hours following their broadcast.

    At the end of the week, the feedback was very positive and led "Edições Salesianas" to consider the opportunity to give life to other similar proposals.

    • Portogallo
    • POR PORTOGALLO
    • Catechesi
    • Catechisti
    • Editrici
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Burundi – New frontier of apostolate for people with disabilities

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      Burundi – New frontier of apostolate for people with disabilities

      (ANS - Rukago) - As part of the new evangelization paths that call for the creation of new frontiers of the apostolate, the Salesian parish of Rukago has started a new branch: assistance to people with disabilities.

      The first meeting especially aimed at people with disabilities in the Salesian center of Rukago already took place this past summer. On the occasion, the parish priest, Fr Benjamin Gahungu, said that diversity in society is a wealth that must not be hidden by fear. Then he announced: “The parish is organizing itself to offer you vocational training to promote your autonomy. You have many skills and talents that we will help you discover and develop to fight poverty. Our duty is to encourage, form and accompany you.”

      After this presentation, there was a moment of questions and answers which stimulated those present to open their hearts. Then, during individual interviews, he was able to listen to the words of those who suffer, in addition to physical limitations, for the judgment of other people, or isolation, sometimes even in their own  families, and took the opportunity to console, encourage and confess those who had felt the need.

      On the occasion, people with disabilities launched many proposals to Fr Gahungu and, albeit slowly, implementation is now proceeding.

      The community economer, Fr Raphaël Katanga, and Sister Claudette Habarugira, head of the parish Caritas, are in fact in permanent contact with these new recipients. The Salesian community of Rukago and the members of the Parish Council continue to reflect together on how to respond to their needs. And the community of Rukago, the animating nucleus of all the parish activities, has begun the search for funding for the purchase of sewing machines and other equipment to be used in the vocational training of people with disabilities.

      The training course will be validated by a certificate of professional qualification. It features a prolonged formation and is to be made available in various locations so as to meet safety standards.

      Since the primary objective of this new apostolate is the social integration of people with disabilities, the Salesian community is not limited only to developing the path of vocational formation, but during the weekends it animates various recreational, sporting and cultural activities that help people with disabilities to develop self-esteem, build identity, maintain physical and mental health.

      • AGL AFRICA GRANDI LAGHI
      • Burundi
      • Disabilità
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Hong Kong – Another way of Salesian promotion

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        Hong Kong – Another way of Salesian promotion

        (ANS – Hong Kong) – The COVID-19 pandemic has brought both challenges and opportunities to Hong Kong, especially for the Salesian Vocation Office in CIN. It forces us to stay at home to avoid the spreading of COVID-19, and it also forces us to change to a new style of entering the digital platform. More than 20 students, coming from our Salesian Schools and Parish, join our Salesian Vocation camp once a month regularly. The Theme of the year is to know more and learn intensely about the holiness and virtues of our Salesian Saints, especially Bl. Artemide Zatti, St. Louis Versiglia and St. Dominic Savio.

        Before introducing the saints, there is a simple online game to let the participants know each other or to warm up before entering the main activities. Then they divide into small groups and read the life stories of the saint through articles and video clips, get to know the virtues, and encourage the participants to imitate them in their daily lives. A half-hour online Eucharistic adoration follows to provide opportunities to pray together with the youth, and finally, a Good Night Talk is given to conclude the online meeting.

        The Salesian Vocation Office has made their first attempt at having a monthly Salesian Vocation gathering on 16 October via Zoom. This time it focused on the charity of Bl. Artemide Zatti by sharing the stories of how he had treated the poor and the needy on the street spontaneously and being compassionate for them. From his daily schedule, we can see how he responded as much as he could to the vocation of God in his daily life, just simply to fulfill his duties as a nurse caring for the sick.

        Fr Antonio Leung, the Vocation Promotor of CIN, emphasized in the good night talk that the source of Zatti’s charity is from his intimate love for Jesus, which helps him to put God before everything. Zatti started a new day with prayer which gave him strength and motivation to be an instrument of God taking care of his patients. Fr Antonio also mentioned a similar example from the newly beatified young saint, Blessed Carlo Acutis, who firmly believed that Jesus is present in the Holy Eucharist, established a website and collected Eucharistic miracles around the world. As a child, Carlo believed that other than the Holy Eucharist, the rosary is the most powerful weapon to fight against the devil. So he devoted himself to the Mother of God and prayed the Rosary daily. Finally, Fr Antonio encouraged everyone to attend daily Mass and to visit more the Blessed Sacrament more frequently in the chapel of their own school.

        Since there are still COVID-19 confirmed cases locally and some with unknown infection sources in Hong Kong, online meetings still remained the medium for encountering the young and for Vocation Promotion. This new form of gatherings help us, the Salesians, to acquire the skills and knowledge of having a dynamic youth activity online, and to keep in contact with the young who are looking for their vocation. But surely it cannot replace face-to-face encounters. So hopefully sooner or later our Salesian Vocation camp can be reactivated to meet the young face-to-face!

        Source: AustraLasia

        • Hong Kong
        • CIN CINA
        • Vocazioni
        • Coronavirus
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Ethiopia – Online meeting of SC delegates of Africa-Madagascar Region

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          Ethiopia – Online meeting of SC delegates of Africa-Madagascar Region

          (ANS – Addis Ababa) – Speaking about Social Communication Art.43 of our Constitutions puts it this way “Our founder had an instinctive grasp of the value this means of mass education, which creates culture and spreads patterns of life; he showed great originality in the apostolic undertakings which he initiated to defend and sustain the faith of the people. Following his example, we utilize as God’s gift the great possibilities which Social Communication offers us for education and evangelization”. This was almost the sense of the final concluding words of Fr Gildásio Mendes, the General Councillor for Social Communications who spoke at length on Don Bosco as a Communicator and summarized his thoughts in 10 words such as: Fellowship and Unity, Hope, Communication, Institutional communication, Synergy, Convergence, Digitalization of communities, Ongoing formation for SC delegates, Being Creative, Unity in Diversity.

          The meeting of delegates of Social Communication began on 15 October 2020 and was carried out through the Zoom platform and saw the vibrant participation of 18 persons who included Salesian priests, brothers and two Salesian cooperators. In addition to the presence of Fr Gildasio Mendes, there was also the active presence of Fr Alphonse Owoudou, the Regional councilor for Africa-Madagascar, Fr Manolo Jimenes, the provincial coordinator representing the CIVAM and social communication delegates from various countries of the region.

          The meeting which lasted for three days, consisting of 4 hours of work per day, had three distinct themes to tackle each day. The first day saw an intense work on the Instrumentum Laboris which was presented to the whole group by two delegates: Fr Henry from AFE and Fr Boris from AFO. On the second day the focus was on the 8 priorities of the Rector Major from his programmatic letter after the GC 28. The region chose two priorities such as the Salesian sacrament of presence and Formation as urgent priorities for the region of Africa-Madagascar. The third day was a day of preparation of the roadmap of Communication to be presented to CIVAM. Even though an additional option was thought of for the online translation, finally the option of simultaneous translation was adopted. All through the meeting Italian, French and English were the common languages of communication.

          For his part, Fr Gildasio expressed his great satisfaction for the fine coordination of the meeting and the active participation of all the members in spite of the problems of power failure, unstable internet connectivity, the difficulty of the multi-lingual scenario, etc. “If communication was an appendix before, today it is fundamental. Every Salesian must be an expert in communication. Knowing how to communicate is essential for evangelization. The content of communication is born from the Gospel and is an ever new force,” he said in his concluding words.

          During the three days of meeting, the participants reflected on the Salesian charismatic identity, striking a balance between technology and mission, spiritual world and virtual world, on the role of young people, on working in synergy with the departments of Youth Ministry, formation and mission, on the need and importance of working with lay people, etc.

          Fr Lijo Vadakkan, SDB 

          • Etiopia
          • AET AFRICA ETIOPIA
          • Comunicazione Sociale
          • Gildasio Mendes dos Santos
          • Africa
          • CIVAM
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Solomon Islands – Celebrating Silver Years: October 1995-2020

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            Solomon Islands – Celebrating Silver Years: October 1995-2020

            (ANS – Honiara) – Nestled at the end of the world are the beautiful islands fondly called by the Spanish navigator Álvaro de Mendaña in 1568, the ‘Hapi Isles’, nowadays called Solomon Islands. This tiny little country of about 992 islands, a population of 700,000 people, 70 different tribes, and an equal number of languages, welcomed the Salesians 25 years ago: in 1995, Archbishop Adrian Smith, SM, Archbishop of Honiara, welcomed the presence of the Salesians and assigned them the parish of “Christ the King” in Tetere. Fr Pedro Balcazar, (Mexican), Br Tanaka Yukihiro (Japanese) and Fr Nichizawa Pedro Manabu (Bolivian) were the first ones in the Solomon Islands. Fr Ambrose Pereira (Indian) arrived on 2 April 1999 and Fr Luciano Capelli (Italian) arrived several months later.

            The regular visits of Fr Balcazar to the villages of Sali, Komporo, Talaura, Kola Ridge and Nonou won him the respect and love of his parishioners. He spent time with them, celebrated the sacraments and would even provide daily essentials to the people at cost price.

            In 2000, amidst ethnic tensions, the Salesians of Don Bosco commenced a workshop at the Correctional Centre, Rove. Three weeks after the coup on 5th June, the workshop closed as the prisoners were set free. Informal classes commenced at Henderson and Kola Ridge to cater to young people. Thus, began the work for the young people with prisoners as the first students.

            A few months later, the first formal classes commenced at Don Bosco Technical Institute, Henderson. The institute follows: ‘Reason, Religion and Rapport’, the three pillars of the Preventive System of Saint John Bosco.

            The “Don Bosco Rural Training Centre”, which opened in Tetere, was a response to the cry of the people for educational and health facilities. The Salesians were happy to set up a rural training centre on a piece of land adjacent to the parish.

            Moreover, in 2005, “Radio BOSCO FM 89.9” hit the airwaves, reaching 10,000 to 12,000 parishioners living across the plains, on the hills, the mountainside as well as the coastal areas. Fr Capelli suggested a local radio station, and Fr Pereira set about getting the necessary license from Spectrum, set up the radio and trained the volunteer broadcasters.

            Now, as the Salesians in the Solomon Islands celebrate their Silver Jubilee, Fr Pereira has produced a video (available at the bottom of the article) expressing gratitude and thanks for these years of education, human development and evangelization among a people “always smiling”.

            The Solomon Islands lie on the “Ring of Fire”, vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones and climate-change impacts like rising sea-level, high daily temperatures, and heavy rainfall. A rugged country with coral islands and atolls, it is about the poorest in the Pacific Islands. It has a per capita income of less than one US dollar a day.

            Colonized by the British, the country gained its independence from Britain in 1978 and literacy is a little over 35% of its total population. Despite its limitations, there is always a smile on the faces of the people. They radiate joy, happiness and contentment at all times. Even now, 50% of its population are under the age of 18.

            The churches are the hope of the Solomon Islands. Nearly every Solomon Islander belongs to one church or the other. It is the church that brings people together for worship, fellowship, interaction, relaxation and networking. Christianity is just over a century old and its committed and dedicated missionaries brought with its education, health services and development. The country has just a few foreign missionaries who have made the Solomon’s their home. It is up to the islander priests, pastors and people to now minister to their own flock.

            {gallery}PGS - 25 anni Isole Salomone - 2020{/gallery}

            Gian Francesco Romano

            Germany – Fire in Munich's “Salesianum”

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            Germany – Fire in Munich's “Salesianum”

            (ANS – Munich) – On the night of Friday, October 16, 2020, a fire broke out in the Salesianum in Munich. A living space on the house's third floor burned out completely. Around 400 young people had to be brought to safety by the fire brigade. Four young people were slightly injured and brought to clinics in Munich with suspected smoke inhalation. More than 100 firefighters and emergency services were on duty until the early hours of the morning. The cause of the fire is unclear. The criminal police are currently investigating.

            The fire broke out around two in the morning, for reasons still to be clarified. The authorities are currently investigating the incident.

            Living in the directly affected part of the "Salesianum" building were about 40 young people who currently receive educational and psychological support from the house staff. Due to the fire and the massive spread of smoke, their rooms are now unusable.

            However, the work of the "Salesianum" includes numerous other areas and services - Oratory and Youth Center, Chaplaincies, Provincial Headquarters, Parish, Publishing House ... - which have not been touched by the flames. For this reason, since Friday 16 the Salesians have made it known that, with the exception of the area affected by the fire, the normal functioning of the "Salesianum" continues to be guaranteed.

            {gallery}GER - incendio Salesianum 2020{/gallery}

            • GER GERMANIA
            • Germania
            • Disastri e Calamità Naturali
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Paraguay – The experience of Msgr. Valenzuela, SDB, with Covid-19: "a magnificent opportunity to accept God's will"

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              (ANS - Asunción) - Monsignor Edmundo Ponciano Valenzuela Mellid, Salesian, archbishop of Asunción and Primate of Paraguay, wrote a letter from the hospital where he is hospitalized to describe he is dealing with the coronavirus.

              In the letter sent to the Aleteia portal, the Salesian prelate described how he became infected with the virus during the pastoral commitments he was carrying out. At his doctor's suggestion, having also encountered other symptoms such as cough and nasal congestion, he was hospitalized as a precaution at the University Hospital, where he is currently recovering.

              “This time is a magnificent opportunity for me to accept God's will. To submit myself to rest, prayer, contemplation and virtual contact. To obey the doctors, rest and pray for the sick,” he writes.

              The prelate also says that he was subjected to all the necessary examinations; then the cough disappeared after three days and he did not have any other respiratory symptoms, apart from shoulder pain, due to a lung infection caused by the virus, but on the mend thanks to treatment.

              “On the first Saturday, I asked for Communion. Sunday and Monday I celebrated Mass in my room. Every day I recited the Rosary, the Liturgy of the Hours. And I have sent important information received from others, including the meditated Word of God, to my contacts,” he continues.

              At the same time, he took the time to reply to a large number of messages during his stay. “It took some time, but it is necessary to answer to the greetings, prayers and wishes for improvement that they sent me every day,” he said.

              Underlining the "treacherous" nature of the virus, which can generate complications if action is not taken quickly, Msgr. Valenzuela did not miss his chance to thank the doctors who are treating him, emphasizing that he feels "privileged" knowing that not everyone has access to the same treatments. Hence also a consideration on the "structures of injustice in the field of health" and on the need to invest heavily in healthcare as a fundamental common good.

              Expanding the reflection, the Salesian bishop observed: “I am sure that both realities, prayer and medical professionalism, achieve a wonderful result. The confluence of both actions, prayer and medical care, indicates the need to consider the human person in all his dimensions: physical, psychic and spiritual. This unity needs to be healed. And this is what I live in this place of silence, meditation and rest.”

              The archbishop of Asunción concluded his writing by thanking everyone for “their closeness, affection and prayers”, and on his experience, he observed: “For me, it is a grace of God that puts me in a privileged situation and, hence, of greater commitment towards God and to the episcopal mission received for the evangelization of this humble particular Church of the Archdiocese of Asunción.”

              Source: Aleteia

              • Paraguay
              • Coronavirus
              • Vescovi
              • Edmundo Valenzuela
              • Salute
                Gian Francesco Romano

                South Sudan – Celebrate international days with concrete gestures: Salesians in Gumbo

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                South Sudan – Celebrate international days with concrete gestures: Salesians in Gumbo

                (ANS - Juba) – Across the globe, 15, 16 and 17 October are days which celebrate the International Day of Rural Women, the World Food Day, and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The meaning of these days and related events is to focus on problems that still today fail to find a solution, problems for which it is unthinkable not to make every effort to address and resolve; to do one's utmost, that is, as so many members of the Salesian Family and heirs of Don Bosco's charism do, in a joint commitment that touches several countries and continents.

                Gumbo is a suburb of the country's capital, Juba. Here the Salesians have a mission - 10 hectares of land - which borders a large refugee camp. Within the mission, activities are fervent every day, primary school lessons are held, thousands of meals are prepared, medical assistance is provided by monitoring the health of mothers and children, and the land is cultivated, which is a job done here mainly by women.

                In one part of the mission grounds, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians of the “Mazzarello Center for Women” have a Vocational Training Center which is specifically aimed at these women.

                One day, while visiting the refugee camp, the missionaries noticed a few microscopic vegetable gardens between the huts, no more than 3-4 square meters of land cultivated with infinite care. The natural consequence was to think of something concrete.

                Thus was born the agricultural project that involves 150 women to ensure food security for their families (often composed only of mothers and children). The soil of this country is fertile, but the years of civil war, famine, migrations and dozens of other contributing causes have prevented agriculture to develop until now.

                In the land of the mission, the nuns have created a large square plot, the sides of which are about 500 meters, divided into three areas: the first is dedicated to the "school" itself, where women are shown how to cultivate; in the second, each woman is assigned a small lot; in the third, the women are divided into groups for the practice of community cultivation. Alongside this agricultural project, the project for the breeding of animals such as chickens and goats is also being developed.

                Today in the Salesian mission of Gumbo 300 families receive food support, about 2,500 children are guaranteed a daily meal while their mothers attend the vocational training center of the sisters (literacy, sewing, cooking) and another 150 are specifically dedicated to agriculture and breeding.

                Thanks to the generosity of its benefactors, the Salesian Mission Office of Turin, "Missioni Don Bosco", was able to purchase a new harrow, build two towers and install two large water tanks for irrigation and animal sustenance.

                It is not just words, but concrete gestures, which are thus improving, and not just by a little, the quality of people's lives.

                • Sudan del Sud
                • AFE AFRICA EST
                • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                • Donne
                • Rurali
                • Agricoltura
                • Formazione Professionale
                • Sviluppo Sociale
                • Missioni
                • Missioni Don Bosco
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Austria – Human Trafficking: "Salesian Missions" and VIS at 10th Conference of Parties to United Nations Palermo Convention

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                  (ANS - Vienna) – The 10th Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime ends today, 16 October, in Vienna, marking the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Palermo Convention. The latter, signed in Palermo following the killing of Judge Giovanni Falcone, is the first legally binding treaty promoted by the United Nations in the context of the fight against crime.

                  The Convention contains three protocols: the first on the prevention, suppression and fight against trafficking in human beings, especially women and children; the second against the smuggling of migrants by land, sea and air; and the third against the illicit manufacture and trafficking of firearms.

                  The Salesian NGO "Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo, the International Volunteer Service for Development" (VIS) also takes part in the Vienna Conference, which participated in the group of international experts coordinated by "Salesian Missions" of New York. VIS, with its projects around the world, has been active for years on the issues contained in the Convention and is strongly committed to advocacy work for the promotion and protection of Human Rights, a commitment that since 2009 has led to the recognition of the Economic and Social Council of United Nations (ECOSOC). For these reasons, at the invitation of “Salesian Missions”, VIS has participated in the preparation of the group of experts and in the drafting of the declaration read in the Plenary during the conference by Bro. Günter Mayer, SDB.

                  Bro. Mayer highlighted the work that the Salesians are doing to prevent trafficking in human beings and to save, rehabilitate and repatriate children and young people who are victims of it.

                  “The Salesians of Don Bosco are active through their network of Salesian institutions and NGOs, in the implementation of a wide range of interventions,” he explained. “For example, in Nigeria awareness campaigns were carried out in 5 locations, with 268 secondary schools reached, for a total of about 170,000 students. Campaigns were carried out in markets, parks, hospitals, streets, mosques and churches, reaching around 240,000 people, while three national radios, with an audience of over 12 million people, were mobilized to disseminate relevant information. However, action must be taken at the international level with the support of the UN and the active participation of member states.”

                  In conclusion, Bro. Mayer stressed that to combat transnational organized crime there is a need for greater awareness of the population, with special attention to the rights of children and young people.

                  • Austria
                  • ONG
                  • Diritti
                  • ONU
                  • VIS
                  • Tratta
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    India – First death anniversary of Archbishop Dominic Jala

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                    India – First death anniversary of Archbishop Dominic Jala

                    (ANS – Shillong) – 10th October: It has been one year since the tragic demise of Archbishop Dominic Jala, SDB, and Catholics across the city observed the solemn occasion by paying tribute to the late Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Shillong. A Holy Mass presided by the Archbishop of Guwahati Archbishop John Moolachira and concelebrated by five other bishops, priests, religious and few invited guests was held at the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians in Laitumkhrah. Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma together with other ministers also attended the Holy Mass.

                    After the Holy Mass a short program to commemorate the day was held, in which two books on the Archbishop were released. This was followed by the visit to the tomb of the Archbishop.

                    In the afternoon, a commemorative service was held at the late Archbishop's parental home. During the function a life size statue of the archbishop was unveiled by the Chief Minister, Mr Conrad Sangma, accompanied by Father John Madur the Diocesan Administrator.

                    The people still missing him, this is the feeling that gloomed across the state. While all the services and functions were streamed live via Facebook and YouTube channels of various media houses in the city, many books and commemorative volumes were also published and released in honour of this “people’s bishop”.

                    Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister lamented that “we still have a void because of his sudden demise”.

                    Source: Don Bosco India

                    • India
                    • INS INDIA SHILLONG
                    • Anniversari
                    • Dominic Jala
                    • Decessi
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Czech Republic – Salesians should lead by example in ecology

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                      Czech Republic – Salesians should lead by example in ecology

                      (ANS – Brno) – The Salesians in Brno-Žabovřesky have implemented several ecological projects. The latest one is the “green roof,” a living garden, which they built on the roof of the community house and church. The colorful plants create the symbol of the Salesians. The green roof has brought many positives, the most noticeable being the cooling of the building and the improvement of the microclimate in its surrounding area.

                      Many years ago, Salesians in Brno started waste-sorting, followed up with composting biowaste, replacing old lights with energy-saving LED bulbs, buying repeatedly usable cups for their events and now they are planning to renew their live fence, and instead of the old bushes, plant about thirty hornbeams. “Pope Francis wrote the encyclical Laudato Si', which no longer discusses if we should be environmentally friendly, but how we should do it. We Salesians are an educational congregation and we have to set an example for young people in ecology as well,” says Fr Libor Všetula, the director of the Salesian community.

                      The first green roof on a church in the Czech Republic

                      The city of Brno issued a grant for green roofs and the Salesians managed to get it. The Project was prepared and achieved by Vojta Urban, who grew up in Salesian circles and lived at the Salesian house in Brno while studying garden architecture. They gave him the opportunity to implement one of his first major projects after graduation and he was able to involve other students too. “It's the first green roof on a church in the Czech Republic and what’s more, it's a Salesian one. I got the idea to make the Salesian symbol on it, so it could be seen on the satellite maps,” explains Vojta.

                      Building a green roof has many positive effects in practical, aesthetic, and ecological ways, which is something the Salesians could feel immediately. Flowering plants attract insects and birds. The roof retains rainwater that would otherwise drain into the sewerage. The water gradually evaporates and cools the building and surrounding area. In the rooms near the roof temperature dropped by 10 ° C on summer days. “The roof isn’t hot anymore and it’s possible to stay on the roof terrace, that wasn’t possible before. When the sun shone a little, it was unbearably hot. The roof with the green garden has become a place where Salesians go spontaneously, even for personal prayer. And what is more, there are herbs that we use in the kitchen,” Fr Libor says, enumerating the project's benefits.

                      Every house in the city raises the temperature, but when there is a green roof on it, the temperature around it decreases. Vojta explains that due to global warming, the city is getting hotter and hotter and the green roof will become not only a nice thing, but a necessary tool to help us live and breathe better. “Modern Christianity should lead by example also in ecology and in the way we create our environment. We should be visionaries and not be afraid to go into projects like this one, because even this attracts people. The Salesians have a progressive approach in many ways, and if they add ecology to it, it will be great,” thinks Vojta.

                      {gallery}CEP - Brno Tetto Verde 2020{/gallery}

                      • Rep Ceca
                      • CEP REPUBBLICA CECA
                      • Ambiente
                      • Creato
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        South Africa – “Learn To Live School of Skills” took part in “T4 World Education Week”

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                        South Africa – “Learn To Live School of Skills” took part in “T4 World Education Week”

                        (ANS – Cape Town) – “Learn To Live School of Skills”, one of the projects at Salesian Institute Cape Town, has been chosen as one of 100 schools worldwide to present at the “T4 World Education Week” as part of an online event. The showcase gathered 100 schools to share expertise and best practices during the World Education Week, held from Monday to Friday, 5 to 9 October 2020.

                        The schools, chosen from every continent, presented on the theme of “Learning Today”, and each school hosted a virtual event to demonstrate how to create change, based on their own innovations and successes, with an online audience calculated to reach 100,000 worldwide. The ambition driving World Education Week is to accelerate progress to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, a commitment designed to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all.

                        “The management of the Salesian Institute Youth Projects (SIYP), pupils and teachers of the Learn to Live School of Skills are delighted to be included in this incredible global showcase of 100 schools! World Education Week will allow us to learn and innovate together with 100 schools from across the world, all committed to transforming education. With our focus on vocational skills training and project-based learning to youth from marginalised backgrounds, we are proud to be a special school of skills and are looking forward to sharing our practice in October,” said Fr Patrick Naughton, CEO of SIYP, before the event took place.

                        The Salesian Institute Youth Projects is a registered NGO. The Salesian order has been delivering on their commitment and calling to the education and training of youth in their present premises at 2 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town for over a century.  Salesian Institute for Youth Projects (SIYP) was established in 1910 and is now operating with a level 1 B-BBEE status.  This year SIYP is celebrating its 110th anniversary. SIYP offers various youth development programmes to at-risk youth in and around Cape Town.

                        The Learn to Live School of Skills is one of the programmes at the Salesian Institute Youth Projects. It is currently the only school specialising in Special Skills in the whole of the Western Cape. We have developed programmes to teach critical life skills and help disadvantaged youth get back on their feet and enter the increasingly competitive job market. This is the core of what we do.

                        The Salesian Institute Youth Projects touches the lives of hundreds of greater Cape Town’s street and vulnerable youth. Many of these are the forgotten ones, some the very unfortunate products of dysfunctional and abusive families, some are influenced by the prevalent drug and gang cultures, and almost all are depressed by a background of poverty. Without a positive intervention in their lives, there would be little hope, little expectation of a normal life, nor much chance of them taking their place in society.

                        “World Education Week” is an effort by thirty civil society organisations coming together after the record-breaking T4 conference on 30th May that was attended by over 100,000 teachers.

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                        • AFM AFRICA MERIDIONALE
                        • Educazione
                        • Giovani a Rischio
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                          Italy – Salesian Fr Plakoo-Mlapa nominated winner of "Don Andrea Santoro Prize"

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                          (ANS - Rome) - The Vicariate of Rome has selected the Togolese Salesian Fr Germain Plakoo-Mlapa to receive the “Don Andrea Santoro Prize” next 24 October, the eve of World Mission Sunday. Fr Plakoo-Mlapa was present at the martyrdom of the Salesian missionaries Fr César Antonio Fernández and Fr Fernando Hernández, which took place a few weeks apart in Burkina Faso, in 2019. His story was considered a valid testimony of Christian forgiveness towards his aggressors and towards the murderers of his own brethren.

                          Fr Antonio César Fernández, a Spanish Salesian missionary, was killed on February 15, 2019, by a group of armed men, after an attack on the Nohao Customs house 10 km from the city of Bittou, Burkina Faso.

                          Three months later, on 17 May 2019, Fr Fernando Hernández, also a Spanish Salesian missionary, was stabbed to death in Bobo Dioulasso, a city in the south-west of the country.

                          “Don Plakoo-Mlapa was next to both of them… He doesn't know why he wasn't killed too. Now he is here, he is recovering and his heart is full of serenity and peace, because he knew how to forgive and continues to live with a heart full of Jesus and his love,” said the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, during the sending Mass of the 150th Salesian Missionary Expedition on 29 September 2019.

                          The Don Andrea Santoro Prize was established last year on the occasion of the Extraordinary Missionary Month by the diocese of Rome to commemorate the figure of the Roman priest, fidei donum in Turkey, Fr Andrea Santoro, killed in 2006 in Trabzon. While in Turkey Fr Santoro wrote: “I'm here to live among these people and allow Jesus to do so by lending Him my flesh. One becomes capable of salvation only by offering one's own flesh. The evil of the world must be borne and the pain must be shared, absorbing it into one's own flesh to the depths, as Jesus did.”

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                          • Premi e Riconoscimenti
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                            Croatia – A formative meeting in Zagreb provincial house

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                            Croatia – A formative meeting in Zagreb provincial house

                            (ANS - Zagreb) - The formative meeting entitled "Salesian Days" took place this year at two different times, 6 and 9 October, in the provincial house in Zagreb. There were more than 60 participants from various communities of the Salesian Province of Croatia. The theme of the meeting was: "Review of the Letter of the Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime". The choice of the theme was born last year, after the extraordinary visit by Fr Tadeusz Rozmus, then Councilor for the Central and North Europe Region.

                            During the meeting, Fr ​​Tihomir Šutalo, CRO Provincial, presented the Letter, underlining the four most important themes: the quality of the province, charismatic renewal, Salesian pastoral work and economics.

                            After a detailed presentation of the Letter's contents, the participants discussed the topics mentioned, dividing into three groups. What emerged was the need for joint planning, programming, monitoring and verification of the Province's structures and institutions to improve existing initiatives and be charismatically recognizable.

                            Of particular interest was the discussion on "charismatic renewal". In this context, the need was expressed to abandon the mentality of the past and to find new answers to current challenges, always giving priority to young people. The latter, and especially the poorest, must be seen as the first recipients of the mission and must be placed at the center of pastoral action. It was recalled that the expression "poor young people" refers not only to social poverty, but also to an emotional and spiritual dimension. Precisely for this reason, qualitative reorganization of the communities will be necessary, to be more charismatic and apostolically effective.

                            Reflection on the field of the economy and administration of the Province was also of special importance. In fact, the need to develop a clear strategy for the proper management of the provincial assets and, at the same time, to strengthen the contribution to the Provincial budget and establish greater transparency was highlighted.

                            Finally, during the meeting, Fr ​​Tihomir Šutalo introduced 55 young clerics in initial formation to the participants and addressed a thought to the community of elderly and sick confreres. Taking his leave, the Provincial then recalled that he will soon visit the Province's local communities and thanked all present for this encouraging and useful meeting.

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                            • CRO CROAZIA
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Chile – 2020 Provincial Day commemorates Fr Viganò

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                              Chile – 2020 Provincial Day commemorates Fr Viganò

                              (ANS - Santiago) - The celebration of the 2020 Provincial Day for the Salesians of Chile included a digital conference on the life and work of Don Bosco's VII Successor at the head of the Congregation, Fr Egidio Viganò.

                              This appointment of communion and formation among the Salesians from all over the country took place on the afternoon of Monday 28 September in the context of the centenary of the birth of Fr Viganò (Sondrio, 26 July 1920) and in the 25th year of his death (Rome, June 23, 1995), and because of his very strong bond with Chile, a country where he arrived in 1939, at the age of 19, as a missionary still in formation, and where he remained until 1972 – obtaining, moreover, Chilean citizenship in 1958.

                              At the opening of the event, the Provincial of the Salesians in Chile, Fr Carlo Lira, welcomed all the Salesians who connected online from various parts of the country and said: "I invite you to give thanks for the many confreres who have given their lives for the mission entrusted to us by Don Bosco. May we always be up to the needs of young people."

                              Then Fr José Lino Yánez, who was Provincial Councilor at the time Fr Viganò was Provincial of Chile (1968-1971), presented the first report on the illustrious Salesian, and defined him as "a Chilean Salesian, in love with this land, in love with the Church, vibrant with Easter and Pentecost."

                              Later, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, archbishop emeritus of Santiago, spoke of Fr Viganò's contributions to Chilean and world religious life as a theologian, professor at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) and Councilor of Cardinal Raúl Silva Henríquez at the Second Vatican Council.

                              "I consider the life and work of Father Egidio a special gift from God, a sign for the Congregation. He contributed to the formation of numerous diocesan priests, was an expert advisor for the Episcopal Conference and was the author of numerous articles on theology. His contribution to consecrated life touched, in particular, the clarification of the concept of charism, the opening of the Church to the participation of the laity, participants in the same charism of Don Bosco and in his mission," the cardinal observed.

                              The third and last speaker was Fr Sergio Cuevas, who highlighted the relevant aspects of the magisterium and the action of Fr Viganò: the great tasks promoted in his long rectorate, the Africa Project, the promulgation of the new constitutions of the Congregation and what he delivered in his preaching to the clergy of Santiago and to the Roman Curia. "I emphasize in him the richness of his conscience, the strength of his faith and his great acceptance of God's will," he underscored.

                              "The example of Father Viganò allows us to discern the signs of the times, to respond to the people we live with. May the grateful memory of the history of our Province inspire us to continue making progress towards the future", declared the Provincial in concluding the event.

                              Source: Salesian Communications of Chile – (the complete reports of the speakers are also available)

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                              • CIL CILE
                              • Egidio Viganò
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                                Italy – Final event of "Hands in Dough" project

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                                (ANS - Torre Annunziata) - Last 6 October, at the Salesian house in Torre Annunziata, the final event of "Mani in Pasta", the first pizzeria laboratory of the "Casa Valdocco" day center, was held with the support and funding from the Banco di Napoli Foundation for Child Care. On this occasion, the students who attended the course received the Pizza Chef Certificate, recognized by the Campania Region and, subsequently, the students of the second course were introduced.

                                The workshop for pizza makers, which involved young people between 16 and 18 years old, was launched to offer young people at risk of social marginalization a possibility of learning and subsequent insertion into the world of work.

                                As Fr Antonio Carbone, the Salesian in charge of the project, explained, Mani in Pasta' was born: “in an area where there are many difficulties and the prospects for work and commitment are also difficult. Our goal every day is to get young people off the street. We will save them from the clans thanks to a gastronomic laboratory that will teach them how to cook and bake pizzas. And thanks to this qualification they will be able to find an honest job.”

                                For many young people in the area, in fact, the project was just that: an alternative to dangers or the underworld. “I would have liked the course to last longer, to learn more and more techniques and improve,” said the young Saverio, 16 years old. “I still don't know if I'll want to do this job when I grow up but I'll carefully preserve this certificate that I conquered with constancy and sacrifice,” he added, showing himself proud of the results achieved.

                                But, precisely on the occasion of this moment of celebration, one cannot but turn a thought to Luigi, 17, who died in recent weeks in Naples, hit by a gunshot after attempting a robbery. Luigi was a guest of the Torre Annunziata community for a year and a half and, behind the counter, he was one of the most passionate.

                                To him, Fr Antonio Carbone, dedicated a long post on Facebook, recalling that Don Bosco always invites us to find in every boy that "point accessible to good".

                                “I remember him when with so much sacrifice he wanted to learn the profession of pizza chef, I remember him when during the months of lockdown three days a week, together with other guys he prepared pizzas to take to disadvantaged families, I remember him crying because in those months he couldn't see his family, I remember him on Sunday at Mass with downcast eyes when during the homily there was talk of the beautiful life to which Jesus calls us,” writes the Salesian, who then concludes: “I often hear this question asked: but of the children who pass through the community, how many are saved and how many are lost? Fortunately, life is an evolution, none of us have the seal of the saved and none are forever lost.”

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                                • IME ITALIA MERIDIONALE
                                • Giovani a Rischio
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  India – Blessing and inauguration of Don Bosco Centre in Kanpur

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                                  India – Blessing and inauguration of Don Bosco Centre in Kanpur

                                  (ANS – Kanpur) – On 10th October, 2020, the Salesian Province of New Delhi inaugurated the new Don Bosco Centre at Maharajpur Nagar in Kanpur, the commercial capital of Uttar Pradesh. The centre will facilitate the formation of poor boys and girls and organize activities such as Personality Building, Social & Self Awareness programmes, Critical & Creative Thinking, Skill Development, Group Building, Basic Health Care and Psycho-Social support.

                                  Being an industrial city, many runaway children land there for their survival, and gradually get into substance abuse, physical and moral abuse in Kanpur, the industrial city in Uttar Pradesh. Don Bosco Centre, Kanpur, with facilities for education, vocational training, health care and other capacity-building programmes will take initiatives on behalf of these poor children for mainstreaming them. The centre will promote the rights of children for survival and protection, and make every effort to rescue poor children from the unhealthy, abusive and hazardous environment associated with street life. The centre will reach out to young people with counselling services, accompany them and create facilities for medical care, education, vocational and employment training, placement, recreation and counselling service which are essential for an overall development and growth of children and young people. The centre will carry out research and documentation activities on different aspects of childcare, protection of children and youth mobilization.

                                  At the blessing and inauguration event of the new Don Bosco Centre, Most Rev. Raphy Manjaly, Bishop of Allahabad Diocese, affectionately welcomed Salesians to the diocese and exhorted local people to support the initiatives of Salesians. Rev. Fr. Jose Mathew, Provincial of Salesian Province of New Delhi, warmly welcomed Fr K  Anthony, Chancellor of the Diocese, Fr Rolfie, the Dean of the Seminary, Fr Francis Xavier, the Parish Priest, and other distinquished guests.  He stated that Fr Henry Kumrawat and Fr Sameer Tirkey will study the needs of the poor children and young people of the area to respond adequately. They will facilitate activities to promote Personality Building, Social & Self Awareness, Critical & Creative Thinking, Skill Development, Group Building, Basic Health Care and Psycho-Social support.

                                  The new centre illustrates the kind of achievements that are possible when Salesian Province of New Delhi partners and works together with Fondazione Opera Don Bosco Onlus Milano, Missioni Don Bosco Valdocco Onlus and Asha France. The new centre honours the spirit and intent of Fr John Kuzhikottayil and Fr Biju Abraham Akkilettu, the Provincial Economer.

                                  Fr. Babu Varghese SDB

                                  Source: Don Bosco India

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                                  • INN INDIA NEW DELHI
                                  • Nuova Presenza
                                  • Formazione Professionale
                                  • Giovani a Rischio
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Italy – Opening of diocesan inquiry into Beatification and Canonization Cause of Fr Silvio Galli

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                                    Italy – Opening of diocesan inquiry into Beatification and Canonization Cause of Fr Silvio Galli

                                    (ANS - Chiari) - “You alone are my desire”. This expression, from 1946, when he was a young cleric, was the leitmotif on Sunday 11 October 2020 at the official opening, in the Cathedral of Chiari (Brescia), of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Fr Silvio Galli, Salesian of Don Bosco, priest, born on 10 September 1927 in Palazzolo Milanese (Milan) and died at the Salesian house "San Bernardino" in Chiari on 12 June 2012.

                                    The presence of numerous people, who attended the event in different places, confirmed the reputation for holiness and signs that accompany the living memory of this Salesian. In fact, the opening of the Cause was especially encouraged and supported by the holy people of God who recognized Fr Galli as a singular witness of God's love.

                                    The presence of three brothers of the Servant of God, together with the volunteers of the "Auxilium" Association, founded by Fr Galli himself, is significant. The presence of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, expressed the gratitude to the Lord on the part of the Congregation and the Salesian Family for the unique life witness of this religious and for his constant and generous support for the restoration of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians and the Salesian missions. The Lombard-Emilian Salesian Province (ILE) was represented by the Provincial, Fr Giuliano Giacomazzi, and by several confreres.

                                    Before the Eucharist, the diocesan Bishop, Msgr. Pierantonio Tremolada, installed the members of the Tribunal who took their oath: Msgr. Antonio Lanzoni, Episcopal Delegate; Fr Carlo Lazzaroni, Promotor of Justice; Fr Claudio Boldini, Notary. Postulator of the Cause is Fr Pierluigi Cameroni.

                                    In his homily, Mgr. Tremolada expressed the participation of the entire Brescia Church and the civil community in the event, and recognized in Fr Silvio Galli "a father to many people; he welcomed those who came to him, demonstrating wisdom and listening skills. He was a man who lived in charity towards the poor: the Auxilium is the testimony of this. His humility, meekness and loving kindness struck people: he was a good man who recommended being good. He conquered evil with good. He had his own way of living the Eucharist and nurtured a deep love for Our Lady."

                                    In his greeting, the Rector Major recalled Fr Galli as "a model of priestly holiness and authentic consecrated life in a time marked by scandals, abandonment, worldliness, a true mystic of the Spirit anchored to the columns of the Eucharist and of Mary Help of Christians; example of an 'outgoing' priest, with the smell of sheep, with a great singularity: if there is no doubt that he goes out to look for the lost, to visit the sick, to comfort the prisoners, etc., he was above all a priest to whom people flocked: so to speak, he did not need to go out because it was the others who came looking for him; prophet of the sacredness of life, of every life, especially the weakest, defenseless, wounded, humiliated, exploited, marginalized, discarded; witness and incarnation of a living spiritual fatherhood, in a typically Salesian style.”

                                    {gallery}ILE - Silvio Galli - 2020{/gallery}

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                                    Great Britain – “Battersea Angels”: Helping neighbours get back on their feet in a time of crisis

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                                    Great Britain – “Battersea Angels”: Helping neighbours get back on their feet in a time of crisis

                                    (ANS – London) – Fr David O'Malley, SDB, has spent the past months working in a community project, initially inspired by the Salesian parishes of Sacred Heart and the Church of England parish of St Mary's Battersea. Efforts were already being made to reach out to people in the local area and rebuild a sense of community and trust in a rapidly-changing area, but when lockdown hit, more community groups and volunteers soon joined them in supporting people who were isolated. With recent relaxations to COVID guidance, followed by further restrictions, the project is being reassessed to meet current needs. Fr David writes about his experience of being 'an Angel' in the past 6 months.

                                    The Salesians in Battersea have combined with St Mary's Anglican Church and the Katherine Low Settlement to create "Battersea Angels." It is a network of over 400 volunteers in South West London who are ready to respond to their neighbours with the basic needs of food shopping, prescription collection, dog walking and befriending.

                                    It has been a remarkable experience of a reservoir of hope and good will beneath the surface of a busy and sometimes impersonal part of London. Over the last six months, thousands of hours have been dedicated to supporting people who are shielding, or who have no money. So yes, we have also been buying shopping for some families who have slipped between the safety net of universal credit and a full-time income. It has not been easy. Many of the people we have served do not want handouts, but they need to have food for their family. Our Angels have had to work very sensitively with people who are feeling vulnerable and sometimes abandoned by the patterns of life they once knew. Angels were able to talk to them on the phone, listen to their needs and respond in a practical way with some down to earth socially-distanced contact.

                                    Feedback has been incredibly positive. People did feel supported and were grateful for what we could do. However, they did not become dependent. Almost all those we helped have now been able to stand on their own feet and manage their lives again. They were good people, having a hard time and were helped in a way that preserved their dignity and independence. Some of the press like to talk about people who are spongers, cheating the system, but we did not come across any of them in the thousands of interactions we have had in the last six months. Most people have a quiet dignity, they want to manage their lives and we felt privileged to help them through an unstable time.

                                    The experience of being an Angel has been interesting. It seems to have made our neighbourhood transparent. Usually, we travel around and notice houses and flats with the lights on in the evening and it all looks anonymous. Now we know that behind those lighted windows are families that are living close to the edge financially. Couples that are carrying complex health issues. Young parents who are unable to work or to properly care for their children. Suddenly, our neighbourhood looks different and we now know the depth of need behind closed doors. We recognise the quiet heroism of ordinary people who are just getting by and yet staying cheerful and optimistic. Many of us encountered situations that left us thinking 'how would I cope with their situation?' and came away not sad but full of admiration for the dignity and courage we found.

                                    For the volunteers, all four hundred of us were actually the beneficiaries of this Angel experience. It drew out of us qualities that perhaps had laid dormant in the ordinary pattern of life: things like compassion, gratitude for our own stable situation, a sense of justice, a deeper faith in the goodness of humanity and a more grounded sense of priorities in life. But above all else, the experience raised an awareness of the possibility of a different sense of community in our area. Perhaps we can trust people more. Despite the media we consume, perhaps everyone is not out to get us. Perhaps we can let some of that fear of the stranger go and take the risk of smiling, saying hello, reaching out a hand in a wave.

                                    We don't know how things will develop in the future for Angels. We have seen a dramatic fall in the emergency needs we have met for the last six months and will probably step our activity down until it might be needed again. But the befriending will continue because there is an emergency need still to overcome: the loneliness that seems especially difficult to bear in a busy city like London. When Mother Teresa visited London many years ago, she said that the greatest poverty in cities like ours was that of being unwanted, lonely and uncared for. I think many of our Angels would agree with her.

                                    Source: Salesians UK

                                    {gallery}GBR - Angeli di Battersea 2020{/gallery}

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