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Nigeria – Borehole project supplies clean water, prevents disease

2 weeks 5 days ago
Nigeria – Borehole project supplies clean water, prevents disease

(ANS – Nkerefi) – People living in the Nkerefi community in the Enugu state of Nigeria have access to clean water thanks to funding from the Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative.” The funding provided for the implementation of a new water borehole. This will contribute to the livelihood of the local community, curtail the outbreak of waterborne diseases and infections, and help reduce the rate of women and infant mortality.

Nkerefi is made up of the four communities of Enuogu-Nkerefi, Ohuani-Nkerefi, Isienu Amofu Nkerefi and Imeoha Nkerefi. Each of these communities is made up of different villages and clans. Clean water is a scarce commodity in Nkerefi.  The majority of families depend on a small, brownish stream called Evuna that partially runs through parts of the villages.

The Evuna stream is the only accessible water source for drinking, bathing, washing and cooking. The stream is seasonal, however, and dries up during the dry season. As a result, there is a severe shortage of potable water as few people can afford to develop wells due to the cost and the hard nature of the soil.

In addition, the Evuna water has been clinically confirmed to not be hygienic for consumption, especially drinking. The stream has been a source for waterborne-related diseases. There have been outbreaks of cholera, ringworm, tapeworms, acute diarrhea and dysentery linked to the water. Typhoid fever is also a disease among the inhabitants of the community, and each year there are a number of women and children lost to the disease.

“We are pleased to be able to help support clean water access in this community, especially give all the health concerns the current water supply has caused,” said Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “The new borehole will provide potable water that will save the community from avoidable waterborne diseases and infections caused by heavy dependence on stream water and rainwater.”

According to UNICEF, Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and the ninth most populous country in the world. By United Nations estimates, Nigeria will be one of the countries responsible for most of the world’s total population increase by 2050. While Nigeria has the second strongest economy in Africa, it also has extreme rates of poverty with 100 million people living on less than $1 a day.

About 64 percent of households in Nigeria consider themselves to be poor while 32 percent of households say their economic situation had worsened over a period of one year, according to UNICEF. Poverty still remains one of the most critical challenges facing the country and population growth rates have meant a steady increase in the number of people living in conditions of poverty.

Source: Mission Newswire

  • Nigeria
  • Acqua
  • Procure Missionarie
  • Povertà
  • Solidarietà
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Vatican – Another important post in Roman Curia for Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, FMA

    2 weeks 5 days ago
    Vatican – Another important post in Roman Curia for Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, FMA

    (ANS - Vatican City) - Yesterday, Wednesday 24 March, Pope Francis appointed Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, Under-Secretary for the Faith and Development Sector of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. “I feel grateful to the Holy Father and to the prefect of my dicastery, Cardinal Turkson, to all those who work in the dicastery who show trust in me. I hope to be able to do my part,” commented the nun.

    Yesterday’s appointment is only the last important task that the Holy Father entrusts to the religious of the Salesian Family. Sister Smerilli, who holds a PhD in Political Economy from the "La Sapienza" University of Rome and a PhD in Economics from the "East Anglia University" in Norwich (Great Britain), is full Professor of Political Economy at the Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences "Auxilium" in Rome. In the last two years, Pope Francis has also appointed her as Councilor of the Vatican City State, Consultor of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, as well as Coordinator of the Economics Task Force of the Vatican Commission for Covid-19.

    The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development was established by Pope Francis on 1 January 2017 and "promotes integral human development by drawing inspiration from the Gospel and in the wake of the theology and social doctrine of the Church (...) Integrating, relating and by making the various social systems dialogue with each other - such as economy, finance, work, politics, culture - the Dicastery works to ensure that the Church's social teaching is made known and put into practice. ”

    Sister Smerilli already knows the Dicastery well because it is where she had come to work as Coordinator of the Economics Task Force for Covid-19. “Working here, I understood how beautiful this mission of the Dicastery is and how much it reaches the whole world,” she commented to Vatican News.

    Working in that Task Force, Sister Smerilli also learned that "there is a need for a lot of listening to local realities and the problems that are caused by this crisis." But at the same time, “as a Church we also have the duty to raise the tone of the debate, to inspire visions, not to focus only on what to do, even if we need to work on concreteness, but to have a perspective.”

    Looking at this new role, she believes that her task is to "translate, in pastoral terms, what the economic knowledge and skills are" and therefore hopes to "collaborate with everyone to bring together the Gospel and the economy."

    And to those who point out to her that with her appointment the number of women with important positions in the Roman Curia increases, Sister Smerilli replies: "God created man in His image, male and female He created them, and therefore this wants to say that male and female is the image of God, of a God who is communion. This vocation of alliance and reciprocity must be carried out not only in the family sphere but in all other areas of life, even in the workplace."

    • Vaticano
    • Alessanda Smerilli
    • Nomine
    • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Syria – When love lights up in the form of a 0+

      2 weeks 6 days ago
      Syria – When love lights up in the form of a 0+

      (ANS - Aleppo) - Ten years of war, an ongoing pandemic, inflation, unemployment… Syria today is a country with an innumerable amount of serious problems and moreover in extreme difficulty. Yet, there is still room for a ray of hope that warms hearts and makes us imagine a brighter future. This is testified by a beautiful story of solidarity that sees the young Pamela as the protagonist, a girl from the Salesian Oratory in Aleppo.

      Pamela is a fifth-year student of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Aleppo. Since she had been showing various alarming symptoms for about two months, she underwent several tests. And from the results, doctors estimated that her health condition required a large supply of blood plasma (an average of 13 bags per session) and for several sessions. To understand the urgency and gravity of the situation, it must be clarified that a plasma bag is obtained from 7 blood bags: this explains the great and urgent need for as many donors as possible to ensure the required quantities of plasma.

      News and phone calls for donations spread, first in Aleppo, and then throughout Syria. Through social networks and sharing of messages, a chain of appeals developed that urged to contact and motivate as many blood donors as possible from group 0 positive.

      The result was visible on the morning of March 21: at the door of the blood bank, many people, young and old, men and women, some who know Pamela and others not, Muslims and Christians gathered, rushed to express their love, and the desire to do good. “And they didn't leave until the blood bank closed,” says the Salesian from Aleppo Fr Pier Jabloyan.

      “We want to share this fact to say that there is always hope, despite the brutality of the war and the heavy economic hardship that Syria is experiencing. Faced with a request for help, we found solidarity and closeness among Syrian citizens, and today we are witnessing a sincere love and an unparalleled response for Pamela ...,” the Salesian comments with renewed hope.

      Even in this case, Don Bosco's spiritual children did not stand by: both in Aleppo, Syria and throughout the Middle East, they did not hesitate to give support from near or far to Pamela, encouraging and supporting her, and making people pray for her.

      • Siria
      • MOR MEDIO ORIENTE
      • Salute
      • Giovani
      • Solidarietà
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Brazil – Fr Romero visits Recife-Bongi, Carpina and Natal

        2 weeks 6 days ago
        Brazil – Fr Romero visits Recife-Bongi, Carpina and Natal

        (ANS - Recife) - Listening, observing, evaluating, animating, indicating the best paths to follow ... This is the commitment of Fr Gabriel Romero, Regional Councilor for America South Cone, in the Brazil-Recife Province (BRE), who has already visited various communities as part of the Extraordinary Visitation which he is carrying out on behalf of the Rector Major.

        After starting the Extraordinary Visitation, in early March, from the Provincial House, Fr Romero then reached the presence in Bongi-Recife, where he stayed from 5 to 8 March. In the first place, he had a dialogue with the Salesian community, made up of 4 professed religious and two aspirants; then, he got to know the reality of the parish of “Our Lady of Fatima” and had a dialogue with the Parish Council and the Salesian Family present there. “These were days marked by profound joy for the whole parish, especially in this moment of social distancing. Receiving Fr Gabriel was gratifying and encouraging: we were fascinated by his simplicity, by his spontaneous and welcoming way towards everyone,” a parishioner testified.

        During these same days, Fr Romero also visited the "Don Bosco" school, where he was warmly welcomed by the educational team; he listened with interest to the institute's history and current mission, described to him by the Dean, Mirelly Silva, and by the heads of the various addresses; and he was able to attend and participate in a digital lesson, through Google Meet, with over 80 young people.

        After the stop on 9 March, at the "Sacred Heart" community in Recife, the Regional Councilor continued his itinerary with a visit, on 15 March, to Carpina, where the Salesians animate both the "don Rinaldi" school and the parish "St Joseph". In the educational institute he met with the educational team, noting the challenges, achievements and perspectives of the center; at the parish, he offered a concise and effective program for it to be a “Salesian” parish: to be young; to be popular, that is, for the poor; to be missionary, that is, outgoing.

        After reaching the city of Natal on Sunday 21 March, Fr Romero began his visit to the Salesian community, which runs a parish and an educational center. Introducing himself and presenting the purpose of his mission to his confreres, the Regional Councilor explained: “In these days I shall be able to visit the communities, the chapels and I will be able to speak with some of the representatives of the various activities. We will have some online meetings and I will speak with my Salesian brothers who live in this Salesian house and then I shall bring the report of this visit and the thanks to the Rector Major. It will be a pleasure to enjoy these days, getting to know the city and our Salesian parish.”

        Finally, in the online appointment of Monday 22 March with the Pastoral Council of the "St John Bosco" parish of Natal, Fr Romero urged the laity to take an active role and the whole community to maintain communion with the local Church, following archbishop Msgr. Jaime Vieira Rocha.

        {gallery}Brasile - Prima parte Visita Romero 2021{/gallery}

        • Brasile
        • BRE BRASILE RECIFE
        • Gabriel Romero
        • Visita Straordinaria
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Brazil – "RSB-Social" Notebook series completed

          3 weeks ago

          (ANS - Brasilia) - The series of Papers, or Notebooks, of the Salesian Network of Social Action Brazil (RSB-Social) was finally completed in these first months of 2021. The series offers guides containing support material to achieve alignment and coordinated networking of the works and presences that make up RSB-Social.

          By proposing a model of approach and integration of social works, respecting the diversity and particularity of each one, the Notebooks offer a guide and a reflection on the elements present in the proposed Reference Framework. As practical tools, they serve to guide the entire RSB-Social in its purposes and to support alignment with the principles, to provide a basis for conducting training processes, to guide a renewed action built on interaction with the territory, and to open local presences to the much-needed re-defining of their educational offers to children, adolescents, young people and their families.

          The preparation of the Notebooks is the result of a whole process of collective reflection and construction on how to create a methodology for articulating the Social Works of the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in view of coordinated online action.

          Once the path and the form had been defined, it was a question of aligning visions, strategies, guiding contents, tools ... In this sense, the creation of the Notebooks can be considered a theoretical-practical alignment model for all the dimensions that can be involved in a similar process.

          Each of the four Notebooks responds to a specific objective:

          Book 1 explores the Organizational Identity of the RSB in its social dimension, defining the alignment points on the Charismatic Identity and on the Commitments to be assumed collectively by all the members of the Network.

          Book 2 focuses on the educational-pastoral identity, leading the Works and Presences to perceive more clearly the concept and practice of the educational-pastoral processes and what is the relationship with the charism animated by Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello, which must permeate all Salesian educational action.

          Book 3 seeks to revive and strengthen the element of Charismatic Identity. Among the various elements, the focus was on the Educational Method: Preventive System and Human Rights; and on the awareness that Salesians, FMA and laity are fundamentally "Educators of Youth", who accept the principles of Social Education to the extent that they act with professionalism and competence and enrich them with the Salesian method.

          Finally, Book 4 is made up of a set of 6 files which, through various themes, seek to promote actions that foster and strengthen a network and harmony between all.

          Noteworthy is the process through which these notebooks are drawn up. If, in fact, for each of them there was a referent or a central coordination team, at the same time, there was a collective and artisanal construction that involved university professors, experts outside the Salesian environment, public administrators, magistrates, members of social organizations, professionals belonging to Salesian social works and also young people participating in projects carried out in some Salesian works.

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          • Brasile
          • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
          • Salesiani
          • Opzione Preferenziale
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Tunisia – Salesian presence at work for inculturation

            3 weeks ago
            Tunisia – Salesian presence at work for inculturation

            (ANS - Manouba) - The Salesians are present in Tunisia with a single canonically erected community, which however animates two presences: one in Tunis, the capital, the other in Manouba, which is actually the Mother House of the Salesians in the country. Although Manouba is just 8 km from Tunis, it is an independent governorate. In total, the Sons of Don Bosco animate two schools, two parishes and an oratory. And they are working hard so that the name of Don Bosco is increasingly known and accessible to the local population.

            The composition of the community is highly heterogeneous, by age (from 25 to 73 years) and by origin (its members are originally from Spain, Italy, Lebanon, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo).

            Among them, the veteran is Fr Bashir Souccar, a native of Aleppo, who worked 42 years in Alexandria in Egypt and two years in Bethlehem, Palestine, before being sent as a missionary to Tunisia. Today he is strongly committed to this new role of his, trying to make Don Bosco known to young Muslim students, to all the school staff, and to the youth and animators of the oratory.

            Here is his testimony:

            "For the formation of the young of the school, every morning I pass by the classrooms sharing the 'word of the morning', or 'good morning', visiting one year of the cycle in turn every day, from second to sixth primary, considering that each year is composed of 4-6 classes of the different sections. The word of the morning I draw from the literature inspired by the Salesian preventive system - such as the Salesian Bulletin, the Strennas or the Rector Major's Messages, or the Pope's texts such as the encyclical Fratelli tutti - which may concern a universal pluri-religious audience. The official language used is Arabic, but I often attach the French translation as well. And I end each intervention with an invocation to God.

            At the school we also do Salesian pedagogical formation for teachers and non-school staff. For them I mainly use the monthly articles of the Italian Salesian Bulletin of the column 'Like Don Bosco', which I translate and adapt into Arabic.

            At the oratory we work in the evening of Saturday and Sunday, and during the summer and in the periods of prolonged holidays we organize a kind of Youth Summer Camp ... Training at the oratory is given to everyone above all with the 'word of the evening' or 'goodnight', which has the same characteristics as the' morning word ', but which always ends with an invocation: for peace, brotherhood, reconciliation, for the poor, refugees….

            And there is also an appropriate pedagogical training for the animators of the oratory, whose sources and arguments are similar to those used for school educators."

            Fr Souccar’s commitment to transmit the Salesian charism and to make Don Bosco’s Preventive System known has no boundaries. In fact, recently he also committed to sharing, translated into Arabic, the Rector Major's Facebook posts. For those who wish, some articles from the Italian Salesian Bulletin translated into Arabic by Fr Souccar are freely available at the end of this article.

            Gian Francesco Romano

            Italy – Service to children first of all and in all circumstances. Digital experience of "DonBoScuola"

            3 weeks ago

            (ANS - Macerata) - At exactly 3 pm, for many years, every afternoon, at the Salesian oratory-youth center in Macerata, many children and young people gather for the "DonBoScuola", a project that aims, on the one hand, to providing scholastic support to children who suffer from educational and non-educational poverty, with the aim of ensuring that they are accompanied in their daily study; and on the other, to increase the dynamics of socialization and inclusion through workshops and games. Even the "DonBoScuola" was affected by the pandemic and its consequences. But it hasn't stopped them at all.

            As long as the situation allowed it, DonBoScuola continued its traditional activities in person: of the fifty children and young people enrolled, in compliance with all the regulations and safety requirements, thirty were welcomed every day, thanks to the daily support of five volunteers who supported the children in study and play.

            But on Macerata being deemed a "red zone" meant that the children could no longer reach the Salesian House. For this reason the Salesian educative-pastoral community, from Tuesday 9 March, has put all the energies available to start "DonBoScuola" in remote or distance mode: it has involved children aged 16 to 19 belonging to the "Clan & Novitiate" of the Scouts group and the “Compagnia del Savio”, as well as young university students; all of them dedicating hemselves to the individual, albeit digital, accompaniment of the small recipients of the initiative.

            Trying to convey light-heartedness and cohesion, they helped the children with their homework, kept them company at recess and organized workshops and games for them. For all the volunteers, especially the younger ones, it was a chance to give a prompt and responsible response to the many service opportunities that are usually offered.

            Here are the testimonials of some of the volunteers:

            "At a distance, the relationship between the children is lost, but a very beautiful relationship is created between the animator and the child, even more than the relationship that would be created in presence."

            "I was also afraid of not being able to help them as I wanted, but the two girls I helped were very good and I was very pleased to help them."

            "Donboscuola is a way to feel useful and to give myself in my small way, especially in this situation, in which we all feel powerless against something greater than us".

            "When I was asked to do service at Donboscuola, I was frankly afraid, because for the first time I would have found myself alone with a child without the support of a group ... But in just two days of service I received the best gift possible: a 10-year-old boy who reveals his dreams to you. I found a very intelligent and sensitive child behind a complicated situation, and I learned not to stop at appearances and that we shouldn't expect everything here and now”.

            • Italia
            • ICC ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE CENTRALE
            • Coronavirus
            • Scuole
            • Volontariato
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Equatorial Guinea – Emergency aid for more than 500 people after powder keg exploded

              3 weeks 1 day ago
              Equatorial Guinea – Emergency aid for more than 500 people after powder keg exploded

              (ANS - Bata) - The official figures of the chain of explosions on March 7 in a military barracks in the most populated city and economic capital of Equatorial Guinea, Bata, report 107 dead and more than 600 injured, “but there are still many people missing and unidentified under the rubble,” explain the Salesians of Bata. From the first moment, as happened with the pandemic, the affected population that lost everything went to the Salesian's Spanish Institute in Bata to receive help and attention.

              Two weeks have passed and the Salesian educational center has welcomed more than 100 people into its structures, most of whom are women and minors. Another 200 people come every day for lunch or dinner and another large group of 200 people are being helped in the neighborhoods where they have been relocated as displaced persons.

              The Salesians present in Equatorial Guinea, as in many other countries of the world, are a point of reference for the population. A Caritas social canteen serves 200 people affected by the consequences of the pandemic on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Salesian Spanish Institute in Bata, and another youth canteen is active on Sundays.

              Thus, when hundreds of people saw their homes destroyed by the shock wave of the explosions that took place in the Nkoantoma barracks, the natural reflex was to ask the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco for help. The explosions were devastating: in the areas farthest from the accident, its effects are also visible in the broken glass and doors, in cracked walls; while the epicenter of the disaster is still closed.

              The Salesian Mission Office of Madrid, “Misiones Salesianas” has already sent 5,000 euros for a first phase of aid. However, much more needs to be done: there is an urgent need for clothes, non-perishable food, medicines ...

              “We are experiencing something worse than a horror movie. The Salesian school is located 2.5 kilometers from the site of the explosions and we did not suffer major damage, but everything shook and even I jumped because of the shock wave,” recalls Salesian Francisco Moro, Director of the Spanish Institute of the Salesians of Bata.

              The first explosion occurred at three in the afternoon and “a large black column made us think of a crashed plane. Then the next ones arrived and it became known that it had happened in an army barracks. There was a moment when it seemed like a war, because all the ammunition was exploding,” continues the Salesian.

              “Everyone arrived traumatized by what they had experienced and from the first moment we offered them the opportunity to have breakfast, lunch and dinner. Today we take the sick to hospitals, we visit them and we also have leisure activities to distract the children. But we need help to be able to continue to take care of them, because many others come to have lunch here due to the consequences of the pandemic,” explains the director of the Salesian school.

              • Guinea Equatoriale
              • ATE AFRICA TROPICALE EQUATORIALE
              • Disastri e Calamità Naturali
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Bolivia – Japanese embassy donates equipment for "C.E.A. Don Bosco - El Prado "

                3 weeks 1 day ago

                (ANS - La Paz) – On 12 March, in the premises of the Embassy of Japan in the city of La Paz, several donation contracts were signed by the embassy towards various realities, including one that benefits from the Salesian initiative of the “Don Bosco Center for Alternative Education (CEA) - El Prado”. Present at the signing ceremony were the second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan, Takeshi Sakurai, the Chief Councilor of the Chancellery, Takahiro Ogihara, members of the "Non-refundable Financial Cooperation Program for assistance to human security community projects A.P.C. of the Embassy", and the National Director of the “Don Bosco Popular Schools” (EPDB, in Spanish), Fr Luis Adolfo Tórrez Sanjinés, together with several other municipal authorities who have benefited from donation projects.

                During this event, Fr Tórrez Sanjinés said he was very happy and grateful to receive the generous donation from the Japanese people, which will be used to equip the workshops of the Gastronomy area of ​​the “C.E.A. Don Bosco” in the city of La Paz and thus form young people with scarce economic resources through technical training.

                The aim of the work is and will be to make young people develop their skills and competences, in line with the needs of the labor market, to obtain their professional integration and thus improve their living conditions and those of their families and communities.

                The project provides for an important donation of almost 21,000 euros to equip the workshops of the CEA gastronomic area, funds that will be used for the acquisition of refrigerators and freezers, industrial kitchens, gas ovens, pans and crockery, industrial blenders, industrial mixers, stainless steel dishwashers and in-line fans.

                For over 20 years, since 2000, the Embassy of Japan has been helping EPDBs through the "Non-Refundable Financial Cooperation Program for assistance to human security community projects A.P.C". In total, it has supported 28 projects indicated by the Projects Area of the National Directorate of Popular Schools, for the construction of classrooms, bathrooms, libraries, perimeter walls and the equipment of various technical training centers, for the benefit of hundreds and hundreds of girls, children, young people, and parents of Salesian educational units.

                • Bolivia
                • BOL BOLIVIA
                • Donazioni
                • Giappone
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  RMG – World Water Day: “Valuing Water”

                  3 weeks 1 day ago
                  RMG – World Water Day: “Valuing Water”

                  (ANS – Rome) – Since 1993, March 22 has been designated as World Water Day. This commemoration focuses our attention on the importance of water in our lives and raises awareness concerning the 2.2 billion people who live without access to safe water. Since 2015, an essential aspect of the observance is to encourage governments to work at achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030. To reach this goal, all members of society need to take concrete actions to help preserve our precious resource of water and work to ensure that proper sanitation is possible throughout the world. And the Salesians do their best to reach it.

                  This year’s theme for “World Water Day” is “Valuing Water”. The observance is about what water means to everyday people, its value in their lives, and their thoughts about how to better protect this vital resource. Because a comprehensive understanding of water’s multidimensional importance and value is required if we are going to safeguard this essential resource for our own use and preserve it for future generations. And even if some see the value of water only as a commodity for sale, it has an enormous and complex value for nearly every aspect of our life together.

                  Yet, today, half of the population does not have the basic facilities for washing their hands with soap and water and are without toilets. This situation, unacceptable in the 21st century, causes two million deaths of children every year because of diarrhea due to the intake of unsafe water.

                  Other statistics reveal that the water that a person consumes in one day in Europe is equal to that available to three families in a whole week in Ethiopia. Also: the time of a school day for a European girl is equal to the time spent by a minor to bring water to her family in many places in Africa, America and Asia.

                  Faced with this situation, the Salesians are widely committed to improving access to this fundamental good or resource for life. In fact, 25% of Salesian projects to combat the coronavirus in the last year have had to do with access to water and adequate sanitation.

                  In the last year only, for example, more than 254,000 people have had access to water and adequate sanitation facilities thanks to the projects carried out by "Misiones Salesianas", the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid, in countries such as Namibia, Haiti, Tanzania, Togo, Colombia and the Republic of the Congo ...

                  And the Salesian Mission Office of Madrid also reports that in the last two decades it has developed more than one hundred related projects, which have benefited more than four million people thanks to a total investment of over 2.6 million euros.

                  Moreover, in Malawi, for example, thanks to funding from the Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative”, “Don Bosco High School in Nkhotakota” has got now a second borehole to provide clean, fresh water for its students and staff.

                  Don Bosco High School was launched in direct response to the need for education for youth in the southwestern part of Nkhotakota. The school started with 88 students and six teachers. Today, Don Bosco High School has 378 students across four grades educated by 20 teachers. More than half of the students are from the local community, but the school does board 160 students.

                  “The biggest challenge the school faced was the chronic lack of regular water supply for both our boarding and day students,” said Father J. Czerwinski, rector of the Salesian community. “Although the school is near a large lake and connected to the town water source, there were still acute water shortages every day. The town supply is very erratic and unreliable. This caused problems for our students including a lack of proper hygiene, a health hazard, and no water for cooking and drinking. Now students and the community have a sufficient amount of water. This directly positively impacts their educational environment”.

                  Funding from the Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative” was utilized to dig a borehole, install a water pump and solar panels, and construct a water tank in Nkhotakota, Malawi.

                  Sources: Salesian Missions (New Rochelle – USA), Misiones Salesians (Madrid - Spain)

                  • Acqua
                  • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                  • Malawi
                  • Procure Missionarie
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Brazil – A fish farming project brings development to Indigenous Mission with Bororo

                    3 weeks 4 days ago
                    Brazil – A fish farming project brings development to Indigenous Mission with Bororo

                    (ANS - Meruri) - In the Salesian Mission among the Bororo indigenous people, in Meruri, a fish farming project was developed at the beginning of the year. The despesca (harvest) carried out in recent days has produced more than half a ton of fish which, in addition to being a source of protein for the natives of Meruri, will also allow, through the sale of the product, to buy the fry - newborn of fish - and so to continue the project in the future.

                    The fish project's objective is to provide options for increasing the income and quality of life of women who are part of the "AREME" association and their families, an association made up of just over 60 indigenous women from Boe Bororo ethnic group who joined together to jointly manage development projects of the local community.

                    Fish farming was developed in the ponds already naturally present in the territory of the community, which had not produced fish for a long time. There are a total of six basins, for a total area of ​​about 20,000 m², where four different fish species have been bred. After the first "pescada" the community has found a good result and the expectation is to achieve a good return for the association.

                    The project was fully supported by the Salesian Mission of Mato Grosso, Province of Brazil-Campo Grande (BCG), which purchased 33,000 fry to start the business. With foresight and entrepreneurial spirit, the project managers “ripened” 27,000 fish for this first season, leaving around 5,000 for the following season. In addition to the fish, the BCG Province also procured the feed and paid for the technical assistance of professionals in the sector, the transport for sale and the hiring of a full-time employee to help in the management of the fish, with a total investment of almost 50,000 reais (over 7,500 euros) in this project to support indigenous women.

                    Technical support was provided by the Dom Bosco Catholic University (UCDB) of Campo Grande, through Professor Milena Wolff Ferreira, professor of Zootechnics.

                    This fish project was a promise of the former BCG Provincial, today General Councilor for Social Communication, Fr Gildásio Mendes dos Santos, to support the women of this community and their families.

                    According to the Director of the Salesian presence in Meruri, Fr Andelson, fish is culture for the Boe Bororo people. “The fish farming project is used for ritual ceremonies, for food and to obtain resources that will be used for the continuity of the project. This project has also had a beneficial effect on the health problems of the population, given that today many women, in particular, are afflicted with diabetes, a problem aggravated by poor nutrition,” says the Salesian.

                    Along with fish farming, the Bororo women develop other activities to teach the younger generations the value of work and the importance of family farming. This year in particular, thanks to the AREME association, corn, beans, cassava, bananas, pumpkins and watermelons have already been planted.

                    {gallery}Brasile - Pesci a Meruri 2021{/gallery}

                    • Brasile
                    • BCG BRASILE CAMPO GRANDE
                    • Donne
                    • Sviluppo Sociale
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Cameroon – A safety place to study, play and grow up

                      3 weeks 4 days ago
                      Cameroon – A safety place to study, play and grow up

                      (ANS – Yaoundé) – There are more than 1,000 students and 100 teachers between the Don Bosco College and the Vocational Training Center in Mimboman, Yaoundé, Cameroon. Spaces within the college and centre are also used on weekends for Mary Help of Christians parish and youth centre. Close to 4,000 people use these spaces on a regular basis. So having the supplies for ongoing cleaning and disinfecting was necessary to fight against COVID-19. And now, thanks to funding from Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Salesians in Cameroon were able to buy enough COVID-19 pandemic precautions for several months.

                      Some of the funding went toward buying cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer for staff and students; the local Salesian church was also regularly disinfected by a young man who works for a cleaning service at Yaoundé City Hall. He taught Salesian staff how to disinfect properly and helped purchase cleaning supplies at an affordable price.

                      Salesian missionaries were able to provide hand sanitizing gel for staff, students and visitors. Small containers of gel were kept in offices and classrooms. Further, Salesians were able to provide hand-washing stations with soap and water at Don Bosco College, Vocational Training Center, and Mary Help of Christians parish and youth center.

                      Funding from Salesian Missions also helped ensure youth could finish their education. Youth whose parents could no longer pay their school fees received financial support. The funding helped youth finish the school year and either graduate and find employment or advance to their next year of schooling.

                      Finally, the funding also helped support four individuals who were in dire need of medical attention. The medical issues were not COVID-19 related but without the funding the individuals would not have survived. One woman was rushed into surgery with an appendicitis, another needed life-saving medical care for kidney issues and two others were dealing with complications from hepatitis.

                      The pandemic created an economic crisis in Cameroon. The country has had large losses as a result of the closure of exports. Service providers, such as taxi drivers, craftsmen and traders, have been out of work. Cameroon is also challenged by the presence of terrorist groups in the North, a group of secessionist armies from the northwest and Central African refugees from the east. All this affects youth who are trying to study and gain an education.

                      “Salesian missionaries from around the globe have sprung to action and have been working tirelessly for those in need,” said Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions. “In addition to direct support to families in need, Salesian centers and institutions have also supported their communities. We appreciate our donors who have helped Salesians in Cameroon with their efforts to mitigate the challenges brought on by the pandemic.”

                      More than 30 percent of Cameroon’s population lives below the poverty line and human development indicators remain low, according to the World Food Programme. Poverty is the highest in the Far North, North, Adamaoua and East regions. In northern regions, people are often affected by natural disasters and below-average harvests which contribute to a continuing cycle of poverty and hunger.

                      Salesian missionaries in Cameroon provide education and social development services to poor youth so they are able to gain the training needed to find and retain long-term employment. They in turn are able to give back to their families and communities.

                      Source: Salesian Missions

                      • Camerun
                      • ATE AFRICA TROPICALE EQUATORIALE
                      • Missioni
                      • Coronavirus
                      • Procure Missionarie
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Ecuador – Tatiana Pesántez, the teacher who gave birth to "Pipo"

                        3 weeks 4 days ago

                        (ANS - Cuenca) - The Covid-19 pandemic has motivated many educators in Salesian circles to seek alternative or innovative teaching methods in the field of virtual teaching. The traditional method of teaching, in fact, was,  not enough to capture the interest of students, especially the boys and girls behind a computer, tablet or mobile phone.

                        It is in this scenario that initiatives such as that of Tatiana Pesántez, a teacher of the Salesian Technical Educational Unit-Carlos Crespi campus, in Cuenca, are born; an educational therapeutic psychologist, she gave life to a character called "Pipo, the teacher monkey".

                        For Children's Day 2020 the institution had prepared an online event and Tatiana was part of the group of animators. It was then that she remembered that she had a monkey, a doll, in her closet and that it was the ideal character for the date. And from that moment "Pipo" became her teaching companion in the Religion and Human Dignity course.

                        The doll was a childhood gift that an aunt gave her, and already her father, Homero Pesántez, animated it through games and the modulation of different voices. This is why "Pipo" has a strong emotional value for her and now she puts him at the service of her third and fifth grade students.

                        Given the great reception, Tatiana decided to make videos where “Pipo”, in an interactive way, presented each lesson. Then she came up with a more ambitious idea: to create a theater in which she could represent the puppet's stories, and for this she had the support of Luis Curay, the school Director.

                        This is how Tatiana, together with Jessica Suqui and María José Flores, created the first show; its theme was Don Bosco and its goal was to teach “Pipo” and the children who attended it how to acquire a Salesian heart.

                        “Pipo is my daily life, I can't teach without Pipo,” says Tatiana, as her students now ask about him at every lesson. In fact, it is now part of her teaching methodology, given that through a constructivist style she makes her pupils learn through the dialogues she plans, with questions and answers on topics such as love of God and respect for diversity and inclusion.

                        Similarly, the presence of the puppet has awakened the desire of children to learn also in distance learning, because the lessons are moments of joy, fun and fraternity.

                        Thinking about the future, Tatiana does not want "Pipo" to go back to the closet when they resume lessons in person; Pipo will continue to be her “right-hand man” to carry out a fun and effective education.

                        This young teacher offers a great lesson: the obstacles of this moment should not be an impediment, but should be interpreted as an opportunity to develop creativity and improve teaching.

                        “Being a teacher,” concludes Tatiana, “for me means fulfilling a mission to build a better world, hand in hand with Don Bosco; a different education, which generates fraternity and joy.”

                        • Ecuador
                        • Docenti
                        • ECU ECUADOR
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Italy – Rector Major visits formation community of "Don Bosco" International Institute of Turin-Crocetta

                          3 weeks 5 days ago

                          (ANS - Turin) - On Tuesday afternoon, March 16, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, visited the Don Bosco International Institute of Turin-Crocetta's formation community. The invitation addressed by the Director of the Community, Fr Marek Chrzan, to the Rector Major to visit the community of specific formation for the priesthood was aimed at offering him a better knowledge of this formation house in view of the rethink as regards Formation of the Congregation in Europe.

                          Fr Á.F. Artime, accompanied by Fr Francisco Santos Montero, member of the Formation Sector and in charge of formation houses in Europe, first met with the Director of the community, Fr Chrzan, with his Vicar, Fr Andrea Bozzolo, and with the Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Fr Cristian Besso; then he participated in the meeting of the formation team and the House Council; later, he met with the whole community.

                          After a fraternal greeting and the prayer of Vespers, the Rector Major shared the programmatic guidelines of the six-year term, and finally, he spoke with the community, answering questions and giving clarifications on this stage of formation.

                          The last point of the day was a moment of fraternal agape.

                          If on the one hand the visit achieved its purpose of allowing Fr Á.F. Artime to get to know the formation community in depth, on the other hand, it also served the young students of the center to feel the paternal closeness of the Successor of Don Bosco to their lives and to the formative concern of the young Salesians.

                          • Italia
                          • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
                          • Rettor Maggiore
                          • Ángel Fernández Artime
                          • Formazione
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            France – In this time of Lent, "Fondation Don Bosco" launches appeal to support two projects, one at home, the other in Ethiopia

                            3 weeks 5 days ago

                            (ANS - Paris) - The "Fondation Don Bosco - France", faithful to the legacy of the founder of the Salesian Congregation, St. John Bosco, tries with every activity to support the educational mission carried out by hundreds, thousands of men and women, in France and abroad, every day: that which is achieved by benefiting young people, especially the poorest. For this reason, in this time of Lent, which the Church invites to live with an attitude of renewed charity, the foundation has launched two appeals. One of the two, international in character, wants to mobilize emergency humanitarian aid for the population accompanied by the Salesians in the tormented region of Tigray, in northern Ethiopia.

                            Since November, this region has been plunged into a conflict between the Ethiopian federal government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). The area, located 700 kilometers north of the capital, Addis Ababa, and which has 6 million inhabitants, hosts four Salesian works (Macallè, Adigrat, Shire and Adua), with a total of 25 Salesians committed to training young people and accompanying families immersed in war.

                            Shortages of fuel, food and resources in general are, after all this time, becoming extremely critical, even for humanitarian organizations in the region. The “Don Bosco Foundation - France” hopes to raise enough money to provide basic necessities (food and clothing) for two months to 300 families in contact with Salesian educational centers.

                            The second appeal concerns the Sainte-Marie elementary school, located in Saint-Geniez-Olt, a town of 2,000 inhabitants in Aveyron, in the Lot and Aubrac valleys. Like many schools in rural areas, the situation of this work, faithful to Salesian pedagogy, is fragile. But it could recover through renovation: the school building, in fact, is equipped with a structure that once served as a boarding school, but which is now closed because it needs to be refurbished and updated to current standards.

                            Through restructuring, the Foundation would like not only to support educational activities, but also to transform the former boarding school into a structure for hosting tourists, so as to develop an income-generating activity in favor of the institute and to promote a model of enhancement of rural realities and sustainable tourism.

                            • Francia
                            • FRB FRANCIA BELGIO SUD
                            • Etiopia
                            • AET AFRICA ETIOPIA
                            • Solidarietà
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Myanmar – Cardinal Bo, SDB, to country's authorities: "Seek peace!"

                              3 weeks 6 days ago

                              (ANS - Yangon) - “As the leaders of the Myanmar Catholic Church... we urge all parties in Myanmar to seek peace…. In recent weeks we have faced great challenges as a nation. This crisis will not be resolved by bloodshed. Seek peace!” Thus opens the letter sent to all the dioceses of the nation and to political, religious and civil society leaders by Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Salesian, archbishop of Yangon and President of the Bishops' Conference of Myanmar, on behalf of all the bishops of the country.

                              The message of the Salesian cardinal, who is also President of the Federation of Catholic Bishops' Conferences of Asia (FABC), continues heartfelt: “The killings must stop immediately. There are so many deaths. The blood spilled is not the blood of an enemy. It is the blood of our own sisters and brothers, our own citizens. We are a nation that has cherished a dream. Our young people lived in hope. Let's not become a nation of senseless disappointment. Stop killing. Stop the violence. Leave the path of atrocities. Let all the innocent be released. They are our people.”

                              The text then makes known the message that the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, wrote to reiterate the messages of closeness, prayers and solidarity of Pope Francis to Myanmar. In particular, the message from the Holy See "encourages the Church to commit itself to the peace process", "reaffirms the Pope's fraternal solidarity with all the people of Myanmar", and expresses "in its name his sentiments of solidarity with the people of Myanmar".

                              "The Cardinal asked that the Church of Myanmar transmit the Pope's concern and love for this nation." And keeping in mind the sentiments of the Pope, Cardinal Parolin, Cardinal Bo states, “he encourages the leaders of the Church of Myanmar to meet with the Superior General Min Aung Hlaing, the leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, other leaders of civil and religious society, and those involved in civil protests” to seek a way of peace.

                              “Peace is possible; peace is the only way. The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, asks the entire Catholic community in Myanmar not to spare their efforts in this direction,” concludes the Salesian Cardinal.

                              The letter from the archbishop of Yangon, released on Sunday 14 March, was followed the following day by a video message the cardinal himself released on the occasion of the Day of Prayer for Myanmar launched by the NGO "Christian Solidarity Worldwide". On this other occasion, the prelate described "with deep sorrow" the situation of the country which "suddenly returned to the nightmare of military repression, brutality, violence and dictatorship".

                              And conversely, he praised "the incredible courage, commitment and creativity of our people", which he manifested peacefully, giving "a sign of maturity": "Young people and all citizens ... do not accept that hope is stolen from them. Their strength of mind is a great inspiration for all of us."

                              • MYM MYANMAR
                              • Pace
                              • Myanmar
                              • Charles Maung Bo
                              • Violenze
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Italy – Young people of "PC4U.tech" awarded by President Mattarella

                                3 weeks 6 days ago

                                (ANS - Rome) - Since the first lockdown they have collected over 500 unused PCs and put them back together to give them to children and young people in difficulty, because "digital education must be everyone's right". The project is called "PC4U.tech" and was conceived by four 18-year-olds from Milan, including two students from Salesian schools: Pietro Cappellini, who is attending the fifth year of Graphics at the Technical Institute of the Salesians, a secondary school; Matteo Mainetti, Jacopo Rangone and Emanuele Sacco, in the last year of the scientific lyceum of the Salesians. For their commendable service they were awarded by the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella with one of the three plaques awarded on Thursday (not yet physically delivered) "for having reduced the digital divide".

                                The idea was born last May: "We created a web platform," explains Pietro, who has completed his secondary school education at the Salesian Institute and would like to enroll in Communication Design at the Politecnico. “Both students who need a PC or tablet and families or companies that have second-hand devices to donate can write to the platform. We do everything ourselves: we collect the computers, refurbish them with the help of the 'IT Without Borders' network and then deliver them to those in need."

                                These youngsters not only showed their generosity and technical skills, but also their entrepreneurial spirit: thanks to crowdfunding, they have raised more than 18 thousand euros to invest in the project.

                                The first to believe in the initiative were the Salesians: the Director of the "Sant’Ambrogio" Salesian Institute, Fr Renato Previtali, and the Dean of the High School, Fr Damiano Galbusera. “This plaque is a great satisfaction, but even greater is the happiness in seeing people who are moved when they receive a PC as a gift. I am reminded of Peter, an elementary school child who had just arrived from Egypt: with the PC he was able to follow the lessons and meet his new classmates," says Emanuele, in the last year of the course in Applied Sciences at the scientific high school of the Salesians. “After school I will do Physical Engineering at the Politecnico. My dream? Becoming an entrepreneur,” he adds.

                                Jacopo, who attended the "Hockerill Anglo-European College" in England for the last two years and now would like to go to the United States to attend a Business School ("But with the aim of returning to Milan in the future," he specifies), he describes his reaction after learning about the award: “I was on the train with Matteo; by chance we were going to Rome to talk about our initiative on a talk show. My mother sent me a congratulatory message, then many others arrived… We found out like that. I was moved and immediately made a video call with mum and dad.”

                                Also excited Matteo, of the fifth year of the Leo XIII Liceo Scientifico (who would like to study in Barcelona next year, at the Transformational Business and Social Impact course): "We hugged, then I called my grandmother: she was extremely proud."

                                • Italia
                                • Giovani
                                • Personaggi illustri
                                • Solidarietà
                                • Coronavirus
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Uganda – Refugees receive critical supplies

                                  3 weeks 6 days ago
                                  Uganda – Refugees receive critical supplies

                                  (ANS – Palabek) – Palabek Refugee Resettlement Camp is currently home to more than 56,000 refugees and asylum seekers. It was officially set up in April 2016 to reduce congestion in larger refugee camps in the northwestern corner of Uganda. Several agencies are involved in providing food and education within Palabek. While some have left because of the pandemic, Salesians have remained. And they provided food aid, supplies and 300 blankets to people with disabilities thanks to funding sent in November 2020 from Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco.

                                  Even before COVID-19, living conditions in Palabek were not easy. Food distribution was scarce and there were difficulties in accessing drinking water. With the arrival of the pandemic, everything has become even more complicated. The amount of food delivered to refugees once a month has been reduced by 30 percent, classes and activities were suspended, and episodes of violence, alcoholism, and teenage pregnancies began. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) warns that unless urgent action is taken to address the situation, levels of acute malnutrition, stunting and anemia are expected to rise, especially among children.

                                  With Salesian Missions funding, Salesians have been able to provide food, 300 blankets for those with disabilities, cookware and other items for people in need. The funding also paid for transportation costs from Kampala to Palabek, gas for transport vehicles around the camp and motorbike repairs. Other funding provided incentives to social workers who are working in the camp under difficult circumstances.

                                  “With Salesian Missions support we have been able to provide food and other necessities for people in need, particularly those with disabilities,” said Father Ubaldino Andrade, a Salesian Venezuelan missionary working at Palabek. “This donation is greatly appreciated because there is hunger and malnutrition and other nutritional deficiencies among the refugees. This creates much frustration, anger and other social disturbances. With this donation and others, Salesians have distributed many tons of food and clothing, especially to the poorest.”

                                  In addition, students at Don Bosco Vocational Training Center in Palabek were happy to receive a bus thanks to donors from Salesian Missions of Madrid, Spain. These youth are now able to explore initiatives and new opportunities away from the settlement.

                                  Salesian missionaries at the settlement are offering much needed psychosocial support and pastoral care for thousands of Christian residents. They also operate four nursery schools that educate more than 1,000 children. In addition, there are over 700 children attending Salesian primary and secondary schools, and more than 700 families are supported by other initiatives. Salesian missionaries also launched a vocational training centre to offer life skills and other training to help young refugees prepare for employment.

                                  Source: Mission Newswire

                                  • Uganda
                                  • AGL AFRICA GRANDI LAGHI
                                  • Palabek
                                  • Missioni
                                  • Procure Missionarie
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    RMG – Three new Provinces at the service of Africa

                                    3 weeks 6 days ago
                                    Photo (Archive): Kenya, 12 February 2018 - Team Visit to the Africa-Madagascar Region

                                    (ANS – Rome) – In a continent in continuous growth and social ferment, the Salesian presence too is changing and growing.

                                    On 19 January 2021, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the favourable opinion of the General Council, in accordance with article 132, paragraph 1.1 and 156 of the Constitutions, erected the “Blessed Artemides Zatti Province of Africa Nigeria and Niger with its headquarters in Lagos-Iju (Nigeria). 9 Houses make up this Province.

                                    On the same date the new Province of “Our Lady of Peace” in North West Africa was erected with its headquarters in Cotonou-Zogbo in Benin. 18 Houses make up this Province, to be found in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea Conakry, Gambia, as well as in Senegal. These last three nations will form a Delegation based in Dakar (Senegal). The new “Our Lady of Peace” Province will eventually develop its mission also in Guinea Bissau.

                                    And again, on 19 January the “St Joseph” Province of South West Africa was erected with its headquarters in Ashaiman (Ghana). It will include the works of Togo, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Liberia and Sierra Leone, 20 Houses.

                                    • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                    • Africa
                                    • ANN Africa Nigeria e Niger
                                    • AON Africa Occidentale Nord
                                    • AOS Africa Occidentale Sud
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Kenya – Salesian Tvet Centres in Sub-Saharan Africa mark the Africa Environment Day 2021

                                      4 weeks ago
                                      Kenya – Salesian Tvet Centres in Sub-Saharan Africa mark the Africa Environment Day 2021

                                      (ANS – Nairobi) – “Africa Environment Day” was established by the Organization of African Unity in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of the pressing environmental challenges facing the continent. Since 2012, the Africa Environment Day has been celebrated in conjunction with Wangari Maathai Day on 3rd March, as a tribute to the late Nobel Laureate's green legacy. The theme for this year’s commemoration was " Reimagining the Future: Clean and Green Cities for All. Build Back Better!"

                                      On Wednesday 3rd March 2021, members of Don Bosco TVET Green Clubs from various countries in Sub-Saharan Africa joined the rest of the continent in commemorating this year’s event under the domesticated theme “Planting for the Future.” The major focus during this year’s event was tree planting. In total, 2992 indigenous and fruit trees were planted in 14 Don Bosco TVET Centres in five countries; Angola, Burundi, Kenya, Madagascar and Nigeria. Moreover, 1582 participants took part in the event. Over 2.43 tons of wastes was also collected in the centres that took part in the clean-up drive.

                                      In Kenya, the main event was held at Don Bosco Boy’s Town Technical Institute (DBBT Karen), led by the centre Principal, Br. Francis Mulu, and the Green TVET Facilitator, Mr. David Ogony, and attended by students and staff members from various trades.

                                      Don Bosco Tech Africa (DBTA) Executive Director Fr. George Tharaniyil graced the event, underscoring the importance of protecting our common home for generations to come. While addressing participants, Fr. George TJ expressed his gratitude to the young people who have already embraced the idea of championing for environmental conservation through the Don Bosco Green Clubs.

                                      Inspired by the words of Prof. Wangari Maathai, "When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope”, members of the Green Clubs engaged in a series of activities including tree planting and replanting, weeding of trees, drainage and garbage collection.

                                      The team also visited Karen Police Station where they planted trees, followed by a cleanup drive in the Karen shopping centre.

                                      Concurrent clean-up and tree planting activities were also held at Don Bosco Technical Institute - Embu and Don Bosco Technical Institute - Kakuma, where members of the Green Clubs from the two centres recommitted to protect, restore and stand up for nature. A total of 1760 indigenous and fruit trees were planted and 2.01 tons of wastes were collected in the three centres in Kenya.

                                      In Burundi, members of the Green Club at Don Bosco Vocational Training Center in Buterere led by the Green facilitator, Mr. Guillaume Gahungu, also held environmental awareness talks and tree planting drive. The club planted 350 indigenous and fruit trees which were obtained from the already established tree nursery. Mr. Gahungu pointed out the significance of the tree nursery which will sustain future tree planting initiatives.

                                      Members of the Green Club at John Bosco Institute of Technology Obosi in Nigeria were led by the Green facilitator, Mr. Sylvester Ibekwe, in marking the day by planting 14 trees due to space limitation, and held environmental talks to sensitize participants on the importance of preserving the environment.

                                      In Angola, the Green specialist, Ms. Ana Karina, coordinated the event with the help of Green facilitators from the five Don Bosco TVET centres: Centro de Formação Profissional Dom Bosco de Lwena, Centro de Formação Profissional Dom Bosco de N'Dalatando, Centro de Formação Profissional Dom Bosco do Dondo - Kwanza Norte, Centro de Formação Profissional Dom Bosco Mabubas and Centro de Formação Profissional Dom Bosco Mota. Members of the Green Clubs planted a total of 233 indigenous and fruit trees in the five centres.

                                      In Madagascar, the celebration was coordinated by the Green specialist, Ms. Razafimizanilala Andréa, and four Green facilitators in the four Don Bosco TVET centres: Centre de Formation au Travail de Don Bosco - Fianarantsoa, Centre de Formation Professionnelle Don Bosco Antanimasaja - Mahajanga, Centre de Formation Professionnelle Don Bosco Tuléar and Centre de Notre Dame de Claivaux - Antananarivo. Members of the Green Club at Centre de Notre Dame de Claivaux in Antananarivo, Madagascar carried out a reforestation of indigenous plants and fruit trees at the centre. This was followed by a review and maintenance of the species that were planted last year, and cleaning of all the green spaces at the centre. The other three Don Bosco TVET centres celebrated the day by planting indigenous as well as fruit trees.  A total of 635 indigenous and fruit trees were planted and 0.42 tons of wastes were collected in the four centres in Madagascar.

                                      {gallery}AFE - Giornata Ambiente Africa 2021{/gallery}

                                      • Ambiente
                                      • Creato
                                      • Kenya
                                      • AFE AFRICA EST
                                      • Madagascar
                                      • Nigeria
                                      • Burundi
                                      • Angola
                                        Gian Francesco Romano
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