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Italy – Illustrious visits to Rome's Don Bosco Basilica foster community supporting children

2 weeks 6 days ago
Italy – Illustrious visits to Rome's Don Bosco Basilica foster community supporting children

(ANS - Rome) - The Basilica of Don Bosco in Rome, the capital's most populous parish, has recently received visits from important Salesian figures: the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, accompanied by other members of the General Council of the Congregation; and Msgr. Alberto Lorenzelli, SDB, auxiliary bishop of Santiago de Chile. Thanks to their presence and animation, the educative-pastoral community felt encouraged to continue in its focus and service to the needs of minors and their families, especially in these difficult times caused by the pandemic.

“We are of many different nationalities: we can work together and have this fraternal affection in the name of the Lord, with Saint John Bosco,” said Fr Á.F. Aritme, last June 26, during an informal visit to the minor basilica located in the Cinecittà district.

The X Successor of Don Bosco presided over the Eucharist in the Roman temple, and during the homily, he also told the faithful about the ordinary activity of the General Council. He emphasized how he and his first collaborators in the leadership of the Congregation, through their visits to different parts of the world, were able to enjoy a privileged view of the great good being achieved in the name of Don Bosco throughout the world, and how this stimulates us to focus attention on common work for the good of children, who, as Don Bosco said, are "the most delicate portion of human society".

In thanking Fr Á.F. Artime and the General Council members, parish priest Fr Roberto Colameo, on behalf of the comunity, illustrated the pastoral work they carried out despite the pandemic-related restrictions: above all, the work in favor of those who have lost everything. Through the Caritas volunteers, through the Listening Center, the canteen for the area's poor and the delivery of food packages, the Parish has become close to families in difficulty. A closeness, therefore, not only spiritual, but also human, which made itself present indeed with basic necessities.

The Rector Major and the other members of the General Council then concluded the visit with a moment of fraternity and informal dialogue with the religious of the Salesian communities present in the large “Don Bosco” building in Cinecittà.

On 29 June, the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Patrons of Rome, Msgr. Lorenzelli visited the Basilica. For the prelate, it was a welcome return to the Don Bosco Temple, which he knew well, having been, between 2008 and 2012, Superior of the Circumscription of Central Italy.

On the occasion, Msgr. Lorenzelli was also able to meet the participants of the Youth Summer Camp organized by the Salesian parish - the first summer experience after the lockdown - which this year sees the participation of about 160 young people aged 6 to 13, and about 40 animators, volunteers, Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

{gallery}ICC - Tempio DB Visite 2021{/gallery}

  • Italia
  • ICC ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE CENTRALE
  • Rettor Maggiore
  • Ángel Fernández Artime
  • Alberto Lorenzelli
    Gian Francesco Romano

    United States – World Youth Skills Day: Salesians provide more than 1,000 training schools around the globe

    2 weeks 6 days ago
    United States – World Youth Skills Day: Salesians provide more than 1,000 training schools around the globe

    (ANS – New Rochelle) – Each year, on July 15, since 2014 the international community is celebrating World Youth Skills Day. This day has been designated by the United Nations as a way to bring greater awareness of and discussion on the importance of technical and vocational education and training and the development of other skills relevant to both local and global economies; and is a very important day also for the Salesians, as they are regarded as the single largest provider of vocational and technical training in the world.

    The theme for this year’s World Youth Skills Day is “Reimagining Youth Skills Post Pandemic” and is focused on the changing landscape of technical and vocational training (TVET).

    UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, noted, “While vaccination rollouts offer some hope, TVET still has a long road to recovery, especially in those countries which continue to be overwhelmed by the spread of the disease. Youth skills development will face a range of unfamiliar problems emerging from a crisis where training has been disrupted in an unprecedented manner on a virtually universal scale.”

    The U.N. added, “TVET has a key role to play in fostering the resilience of young people. It is crucial for all stakeholders to ensure the continuity of skills development and to introduce training programs to bridge skills gaps. Solutions need to be reimagined in a way that considers not only the realities of the present, but also the full range of possibilities for the future.”

    The Salesians offer more than 1,000 vocational, technical, professional and agricultural schools around the globe. This training provides youth the practical skills to prepare for employment and helps them lead productive lives while becoming contributing adults in their communities. These programs go beyond educating. They also assist youth with making connections within industries and preparing them for the process of searching, finding and retaining employment.

    “We know that access to education lays the foundation for a better future for all youth and that work must continue even as we face a global health crisis,” said Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions. “In many countries around the globe where poverty is high and access to education is not universal, it is crucial that Salesian missionaries continue to offer technical and vocational training to as many youth as possible to ensure that they have access to long-term stable employment.”

    To mark World Youth Skills Day 2021, Salesian Missions is proud to highlight technical and vocational education that provides life-changing education and skills training for poor and at-risk youth. 

    The collaboration between the Salesian Vocational Training School in Sesto San Giovanni, a town near Milan, Italy, and Yamaha Motor Italia established during the 2019-20 school year has already brought about a positive impact. The partnership with Yamaha is a flagship professional training program at the Salesian Vocational Training School. Director Francesco Cristinelli noted, “Youth have the opportunity to have access to cutting-edge automotive workshops and to work on the latest generation of Yamaha-branded vehicles.

    Don Bosco Agro-Mechanical Technology Centre located in Banquerohan, Legazpi City, Philippines, is helping a new generation of farmers prepare for the future. The Salesian Centre is a technical vocational school offering skills training and a farm development program to help youth and local farmers achieve self-sufficiency. As part of the centre, Salesians have seven hectares of land for agricultural production, known as the Don Bosco Demonstration Farm. On the farm, Salesians teach agricultural production and proper utilization of agricultural equipment. There is also the Don Bosco agricultural multi-purpose cooperative which facilitates microfinancing to farmers and coordinates the use of tractors and other mechanics for land preparation, planting, weeding, marketing and training. Part of the agricultural production is raising pigs and chickens. Currently, Salesians have facilities for 14 sows and two buildings for 1,000 chickens each. The chickens produce eggs to sell to generate an income as part of the training program in entrepreneurship.

    At the Don Bosco Vocational Training Center in Juba, South Sudan, students have received scholarships to help afford their education and continue their studies, thanks to funding from Salesian Missions donors. One student, Ayany Pamela, said, “This program has given me the courage to return to school after completing my secondary education. I had not been able to continue in school because of financial problems. After noticing that women were given this opportunity, I became motivated because it is now affordable for me. This program has contributed much in my personal life by allowing me to obtain knowledge and skills. Without it, I cannot imagine how I would have continued my education or found a good job.”

    Bosco Global, a Spanish Salesian organization, with the support of the Municipality of Malaga, operates the Foyer Jean XXIII Education and Formation Centre in Kara, Togo. This centre provides education and support to 183 youth at risk of social exclusion and ensures youth gain an education and find and retain employment.

    • Stati Uniti
    • Formazione Professionale
    • ILE ITALIA LOMBARDO EMILIANA
    • AFO AFRICA OCCIDENTALE FRANCOFONA
    • Togo
    • AFE AFRICA EST
    • Sudan del Sud
    • Filippine
    • FIN FILIPPINE NORD
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Italy – Salesian charism in civil institutions. Andria Mayor visits Rector Major

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      Italy – Salesian charism in civil institutions. Andria Mayor visits Rector Major

      (ANS - Rome) - Yesterday, Wednesday 14 July, at the Salesian Headquarters in Rome, the Rector Major welcomed the mayor of Andria, Giovanna Bruno, a Salesian Cooperator. Marked by great cordiality, the visit was propitiated by Fr Juan Carlos Pérez Godoy, Councilor for the Mediterranean Region, who had had the opportunity to meet her during his Extraordinary Visitation made in recent months to the Southern Italy Province (IME).

      Giovanna Bruno is the Mayor of the Municipality of Andria, a town of almost 100,000 inhabitants, located in the heart of Puglia, which since 2009 has become the capital, together with Barletta and Trani, of the Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani. Married and with two children, the 46-year-old lawyer was accompanied on her visit to the Rector Major by Fr Giovanni Monaco, Director of the "San Giovanni Bosco" work that the Salesians have animated in Andria since 1933.

      During the meeting with the Rector Major, Mayor Bruno recalled how she met Don Bosco and the Salesians thanks to her family, in particular through her father; and the family environment that she found led her to participate in the oratory and to become a very committed animator, alongside her brothers, who were also animators.

      The Salesian formation, accompanied by dedication to her studies in law up to obtaining the title of lawyer, marked her choice to serve others via public institutions. A choice that culminated in her being elected the mayor of Andria last year.

      "During my Extraordinary Visitation, when I arrived at the Salesian House in Andria, we had an institutional meeting, and she showed me her thanks to Don Bosco and the Salesians for what she received from them in her life, which brought her to a commitment of personal configuration that is extremely sensitive to Christian and Salesian values,” said Fr Pérez Godoy.

      "For this reason, after my meeting I invited her to meet and greet the Rector Major and she welcomed the idea with pleasure from the very beginning," said the Regional Councilor for the Mediterranean.

      A meaningful sign of the mayor's "Salesianity", she offers a “good night” to her fellow citizens through her Facebook profile every day, commenting on some events that took place during the day in the light of Don Bosco's charism.

      • Italia
      • Rettor Maggiore
      • Ángel Fernández Artime
      • IME ITALIA MERIDIONALE
      • Juan Carlos Pérez Godoy
      • Personaggi illustri
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Argentina – "Afrazados" project reaches its 11th edition

        3 weeks ago

        (ANS - Rawson) - The "Afrazados" (Intabarrati) project is a proposal of the Salesian house in Rawson, in the Province of Chubut, which intends to express, through the weaving and donation of blankets, the community's embrace of the most needy families, to accompany them during the winter months. The project, which began in 2010, is also "Salesian" for another reason: it is the result of the vision, goodwill and spirit of initiative of a young girl, at the time a first-year student at the Salesian school in Rawson.

        In past editions, the blankets made were intended only for families from the city of Rawson and the Chubut plateau, within the province; but this year it was decided to add the Andean Comarca among the beneficiaries, taking into account the serious fires recorded there during the summer.

        In the first edition, seven blankets were made and donated; but, given the project's effectiveness and the satisfaction and gratitude of the beneficiaries, more and more people have joined the initiative and over time the volumes have grown, up to tenfold, literally, in 2019, the year in which in fact produced and delivered 70 blankets.

        The proposal of "Afrazados" today involves many people of goodwill, not only in Rawson, but also in other municipalities of the Province and beyond: seamstresses and weavers also participate in it from Puerto Madryn, Trelew, Comodoro Rivadavia, Bahía Blanca and Buenos Aires.

        But sewing is not the only way to support this initiative: there are also those who limit themselves to delivering small squares of fabric that are then joined to form a blanket; other people donating wool; and still others take care of delivering the finished blankets.

        The project also remained active in 2020 at the height of the pandemic: families knitted from their homes and then sent what they had created to the Salesian institute. The closing event, which until then had always taken place on the occasion of the feast day of Mary Help of Christians, with an actual meeting of the weaving families and the various participants in the initiative, was carried out through a videoconference and was completed with an online sewing training session.

        This year about thirty blankets have already been woven, many already given to some families of the community of Rawson and the Chubut plateau by the young people of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) and in collaboration with the parish "Mary Help of Christians" of Rawson.

        And in the meantime they still continue to knit, to produce blankets and give them to those who need them most.

        • Argentina
        • ARS ARGENTINA SUD
        • Solidarietà
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Belgium – “Don Bosco International” supports request for suspension of intellectual property rights on anti-Covid-19 vaccines

          3 weeks ago
          Belgium – “Don Bosco International” supports request for suspension of intellectual property rights on anti-Covid-19 vaccines

          (ANS - Brussels) - "Don Bosco International", the body that represents the Salesian Congregation at the institutions of the European Union (EU), has signed, together with other international confessional organizations, Catholic and non-Catholic, the request sent by Caritas Europa to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to suspend the intellectual property rights on anti-Covid-19 vaccines, to facilitate their production and distribution in emerging countries around the world. The request falls within the scope of the initiatives undertaken by the Congregation for a global response to the pandemic that truly leaves no one behind.

          “The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating effect in countries already affected by development challenges and humanitarian crises, and it is hitting the furthest behind – those who have no prospect of getting a first vaccine dose anytime soon – the hardest. This global emergency can be addressed only if affordable and effective COVID-19 vaccine is made available in every corner of the world,” the letter begins.

          Moved by the "clear moral decision" to "prioritize human lives over profit", the signatory organizations ask to approve the revised decision text IP/C/W/669/Rev.1, presented on 25 May, which introduces a derogation from the Agreement on the Commercial Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS, in English) for the benefit of the prevention, containment and treatment of Covid-19.

          While giving credit to the EU authorities for the initiatives already undertaken to distribute vaccines to combat the pandemic - such as, for example, the COVAX program - the signatories reiterate that more vigorous solutions are needed.

          “In light of the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, we expect the EU to be ready to take extraordinary measures and to do everything in its power, to contribute to ending this public health emergency,” it states.

          Citing data from the World Health Organization (WHO), the letter shows that in April 2021, the richest countries had received over 87% of the vaccines, while those with low income only 0.2%; and that according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, if current rates are maintained, most of the poorest countries in the world will have to wait until 2024 for mass immunization.

          Currently, it continues, there are countries such as Bangladesh and India, with the capacity to produce additional anti-Covid-19 vaccines, but which are unable to do so due to lack of appropriate licenses.

          “The sooner the world’s population is vaccinated, the sooner EU citizens are safe. Without global action, the health crisis and resulting socio-economic crisis here and worldwide will continue,” the letter continues with incisiveness.

          “An opposition to the TRIPS waiver is, however, not only self-defeating, but leading to needless suffering and loss of life. People are dying and economies collapsing because of vaccine shortages.”

          It also states, “With so many of the world’s poorer nations supporting this emergency waiver already, you can help maintain the EU’s moral and public health leadership in the world.... This is also the positioning of the European Parliament, as made clear in its Resolution of 10th June on meeting the global Covid-19 challenge, which the European Commission must take into account in future negotiations at the WTO.”

          The appeal signed by the DBI concludes: “We urge you to push for Covid-19 vaccines - a social product - to benefit everyone, especially the furthest behind.”

          The full text of the letter is available at this link.

          • Don Bosco International
          • Belgio
          • Coronavirus
          • Salute
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Uganda – COVID-19 Woes: Report from Salesians of Don Bosco in Palabek Refugee Settlement

            3 weeks ago
            Uganda – COVID-19 Woes: Report from Salesians of Don Bosco in Palabek Refugee Settlement

            (ANS – Palabek) – Though blessed with enormous natural resources Uganda is a poor country, although not one of the poorest. It is almost impossible to run the country without external aid, and now, as the world economy has come to a breaking point, the usual aid is also more difficult to find. Now a country like Uganda is pushed to borrow money which creates long-term social and economic repercussions.

            The following are some of the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic and its induced lockdown:

            -      As hospitals are overwhelmed with corona patients, it is found to be impossible to treat other chronically ill patients suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, HIV/AIDS and those with heart ailments. Several deaths are reported due to this.

            -      Prices of food and other essential commodities have skyrocketed, pushing more people to extreme poverty. Added to the rise of prices are taxes, transport charges and other service charges, that out of reach for the poor and vulnerable.

            -      The majority of the Ugandan population survives on the sale of agricultural produce. As lockdown has brought transport to a standstill and the closure of markets, agricultural produce remains unharvested, and they are sold for throw-away prices, leaving the farmers as big losers.

            -      Market vendors, small-scale traders and retail shopkeepers are the worst hit group of people.

            With this background information, it is painful to describe the state of refugees who are in precarious situations. From the time Coronavirus hit the East African nation, food rations given to the refugees were gradually reduced to 40%, which means, today a refugee receives about 5 kgs of maize flour, 3 kgs of beans, half a liter of cooking oil and a few grams of salt. The supply of other non-food items was completely stopped.

            Salesian missionaries working with the vulnerable young people in the Palabek Refugee Settlement witness enormous problems that the young people undergo. One of the pressing problems is redundancy among young people due to the closure of schools, youth centers, church activities, and other leisure activities of young people. With a curfew in force, they are also unable to move in the evening to visit friends and relatives within the Settlement Camp.

            Given this situation, the Salesians have tried to keep at least a few young people active and useful. Though the Vocational Training Center is closed, they have kept the agriculture activities going. About 40 young men and women come to work in the garden and keep clearing more land for planting food crops such as maize and beans. Though the rains were late, Salesians managed to cultivate a substantial amount of fruits and vegetables, and share with students food items and agricultural produce.

            Refugee students also found time to clean the local Health Center and plant trees as their environment protection activity.

            “We also thank Insieme Si Può for their generous donation of food. Soon we will be collaborating with AVSI – an Italian-founded charitable organization and Women Feed Africa, another agricultural training organization in training and food production. Many of our activities are made possible by the assistance of Jugendhilfe Weltweit, through Vereinigung Don Bosco Werk from Don Bosco Switzerland. Our big thanks to them,” says Fr Lazar Arasu SDB, Director of the Salesians of Don Bosco Refugee Services, in Palabek Refugee Settlement.

            Moreover, the Masonry trainees, both past and present students, have been engaged in landscaping and preparing lawns within the VTC premises. “Now our school is wonderful to see. We are also engaged in other construction works such as the chapel, fencing our land and other maintenance works. Students get paid for their work which is a boon during this time of great need,” Fr Arasu ends.

            {gallery}Uganda - Palabek 2021 - Alimenti e FP{/gallery}

            • Uganda
            • AGL AFRICA GRANDI LAGHI
            • Palabek
            • Coronavirus
            • Rifugiati
            • Povertà
            • Salute
            • Formazione Professionale
            • Missioni
              Gian Francesco Romano

              RMG – Beyond 12th Asia-Oceania Congress of DB Past Pupils

              3 weeks ago
              RMG – Beyond 12th Asia-Oceania Congress of DB Past Pupils

              (ANS – Rome) – The 12th Asia-Oceania Congress was the first of the Don Bosco Past Pupils Regional Congresses held online and the World Confederation is very keen to learn from this innovative experience in view of their 6th World Congress (November 26-28, 2021) as it will be held in a similar situation. Two weeks after the end of the Congress, on 11 July, a simple evaluation online meeting was held in the EAO region in the presence of Fr Joseph Phuoc, SDB - EAO regional councillor, with another three SDB and five DB Past Pupils.

              It is probably too early for a solid overall assessment, but there are already some important pointers emerging:

              ​​​​​​​       * Some 1800 views on the seven YouTube channels (800 in English and 1000 in other six EAO languages, most common being Thai and Vietnamese). For the first time in history, the Asia-Oceania Congress is available online anywhere around the world (EAO GEX: English)

              ​​​​​​​       * The Past Pupils are very grateful for the heartfelt support from the SDB Superiors (especially the presence of three provincials - THA, INA, AUL - is highly appreciated!)

              ​​​​​​​       * Probably this July, a regular 'online formation' for the SDB delegates to the Past Pupils will be implemented; while the main interest of the DB Past Pupils leadership is focused on the first five topics in the 'Leadership Animation Handbook' (ed. 2020).

              ​​​​​​​       * World Delegate, Br Dominic Nam, encourages all Bosconians to improve their communication and networking at the local and federation level through the well-animated social media groups (with a variety of 5-10 different social media used).

              ​​​​​​​       * Highlighted is keeping an open mind to learn from each other (e.g. KOR and GIA Federations reaching out to help other countries) or to learn from other Catholic Past Pupils organizations (e.g. Lasallians Alumni Association PNG) and keeping in touch with the World Confederation.

              ​​​​​​​       * The most frequently repeated request mirrors the first Congress resolution, pointing at the super-important role of the SDB Delegate, especially in the context of the EAO region, where the Past Pupils Association is not yet deeply rooted in many countries.

              ​​​​​​​       1. We dream and work together that our SDB delegates take active interest in the promotion, animation and accompaniment of the Don Bosco Past Pupils. They can help organise monthly meetings... animate the past pupils regularly in formation towards the mission of Don Bosco. (cf. Don Bosco Past Pupils Leadership Handbook, ed. 2020)

              ​​​​​​​       2. We encourage a better distribution and knowledge of the World Confederation Statute (ed. 2015) as the guiding force behind the formation of the Past Pupils Association at the local, provincial and national levels.

              ​​​​​​​       3. We encourage and animate the start of the Association of the Don Bosco Past Pupils at any level in all 28 countries of Asia - Oceania... If there is more than one local unit, then a provincial Association can be formed.

              ​​​​​​​       4. We foster networking within the members of our Association, continue to collect data of past pupils at local unit level. A national or provincial (federation) database of members must be maintained.

              ​​​​​​​       5. We foster more systematic, creative and prudent use of digital platforms - like Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, WhatsApp, Line, Kakao - to connect with more past pupils - to network and inspire each other with our activities.

              ​​​​​​​       6. We foster the formation of business clubs when we can help with employment for the young in need and help business growth for other past pupils.

              ​​​​​​​       7. We appoint a Vice President GEX in every Association (Young Past Pupils = Giovani Ex-allievi).​​​​​​​

              Source: AustraLasia

              • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
              • Exallievi
              • Asia Sud
              • Asia EstOceania
              • Joseph Nguyen Thinh Phuoc
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Brazil – Over 12,000 people immunized in just 8 days thanks to anti-Covid-19 vaccination center at Don Bosco Catholic University

                3 weeks 1 day ago
                Brazil – Over 12,000 people immunized in just 8 days thanks to anti-Covid-19 vaccination center at Don Bosco Catholic University

                (ANS - Campo Grande) - Since opening the doors of its campus to become an anti-Covid-19 vaccination center at the end of June, the "Universidade Católica Dom Bosco" (UCDB) of Campo Grande has received an average of 1,500 people per day. In addition to the various infrastructures set up in the three sports fields, the Salesian educational community has participated in this initiative for the common good also through the direct commitment of over 200 students and workers - teachers and administrative employees - who act as volunteers and help in the administration of vaccines.

                The site was inaugurated as a vaccination center on June 24 with eight simultaneously active vaccine points, and continued to operate on June 25 and 26 and July 1 and 2. On 3, 4, 6 and 9 July, its capacity increased to 15 delivery points, thus making the service more extensive and faster. The center, which operates under the responsibility of the Municipal Secretariat of Health (Sesau), enjoys the full support of the UCDB and, in fact, alongside the municipal technicians, the students of Nursing, Pharmacy and Biomedicine courses collaborate with vaccinations.

                The center operates in "Drive-In" mode with patients not even having to get out of their cars to receive their dose; a formula that was preferred because it ensures greater agility and minimizes contact between people waiting to be vaccinated.

                "With this Drive-In service, the UCDB feels embraced by the people of Campo Grande and can even embrace them again in turn. We know that we are benefiting the population and this is gratifying. We are doing what Don Bosco would have done in his time: opening the doors and helping in difficult moments," said the interim Rector of the UCDB, Bro. Raffaele Lochi, SDB.

                Since the first half of 2020, the UCDB has acted vigorously and in various ways to combat Covid-19. Recently, for example, it has lent one of its super-freezers to the Municipality of Campo Grande for the conservation of vaccines that must be stored at temperatures well below freezing; as well as high-tech machinery for the processing of swabs at the central laboratory of Mato Grosso do Sul.

                In the UCDB Clinic-School, dozens of people benefited from psychological assistance services (face-to-face and remote) offered to those who suffered from the pandemic and its consequences. While those who have contracted Covid-19 and suffer its aftermath and consequences physically  can benefit from sessions for muscle strengthening and for improving breathing.

                {gallery}BCG Vaccini 2021{/gallery}

                • Brasile
                • BCG BRASILE CAMPO GRANDE
                • Coronavirus
                • Salute
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  Hungary – Two New Significant Salesian Buildings in Kazincbarcika

                  3 weeks 1 day ago
                  Hungary – Two New Significant Salesian Buildings in Kazincbarcika

                  (ANS – Kazincbarcika) – July 8 was a red-letter day for the Salesian province of Hungary as the new house for the Salesian Community in Kazincbarcika was blessed. The community has so far operated in two places, now they can live together in one building.

                  The new religious house of the Salesians was constructed at a cost of 6.2 million euro donated by the Hungarian government. The Salesians house a study center for children, cultural gatherings for the general public, a Salesian chapel and library, and the parish office.

                  Fr Béla Ábrahám SDB, the Rector of the institution, highlighted that the innovative idea of construction of the new Salesian house is to open the doors for the lay people to collaborate and better coordinate the pastoral work, especially in the two Salesian schools, parish and religious community.

                  Fr János Andrásfalvy, the Salesian Provincial, blessed the new building in an atmosphere of prayerful singing.

                  The day was remarkable as one of the government projects ”Tedd képessé” (Make Capable) program, which operates within the framework of the Don Bosco Vocational School, got its brand new building. The topping out feast of the same was celebrated after the blessing of the new religious house at Kazincbarcika in a very grand manner.

                  It was delightful to see the Father Provincial accompanying the State Secretary Miklós Soltész, who is in charge of the Churches in Hungary, Gáborné Pölöskei, the Innovative Technology State Secretary in charge of technical schools, Zoltán Demeter, Member of Parliament, Lőrinc Nacsa, Member of Parliament, and Péter Szitka, the Mayor of Kazincbarcika.

                  The distinguished guests were astonished to witness the ”Tedd képessé” (Make capable) project come true. The various courses offered - welding, metal-working, home furnishing, bricklaying, plumbing and painting – shall be made available to the poor and downtrodden youth of Hungary through the instrumentality of the Salesians.

                  {gallery}UNG - Due nuove strutture 2021{/gallery}

                  • Ungheria
                  • UNG UNGHERIA
                  • Nuova Presenza
                  • Personaggi illustri
                  • Formazione Professionale
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Democratic Republic of Congo – After fear of eruption of Goma's Nyiragongo volcano, recovery being planned

                    3 weeks 1 day ago
                    Democratic Republic of Congo – After fear of eruption of Goma's Nyiragongo volcano, recovery being planned

                    (ANS - Goma) - Last 22 May in Goma there were dramatic moments: while the sky became strangely brighter than usual, and a strange smell spread throughout the city, people realized that the Nyiragongo volcano, after 19 years of silence, was erupting again. The Salesians from the Don Bosco Ngangi Youth Center were surprised at first, like all Goma's inhabitants, but soon took action: they began to welcome the frightened and fleeing families, ordered the evacuation of the facility themselves and the urgent transfer to Shasha. And now that they have finally been able to bring their beneficiaries home, they are organizing anew to promote the well-being of all the children and young people in their care.

                    For those who have lived through those moments, it is difficult to forget the fear: the lava that reaches several villages in the area at night, burns houses as it passes, destroys cultivated fields, light cables, water tanks ... And then, when four days later the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano, the authorities finally give the order to evacuate 10 of the 18 neighborhoods of the city of Goma, there is also the dismay of having to leave your home without knowing when you can return and in what state you will find it.

                    For a week, 283 children, 187 young people and 82 adults (including 22 men and women religious) found refuge in the Salesian farm in Shasha. But even there it was not really peaceful: the rooms were not adequate to accommodate the little ones, nor were the bathrooms sufficient for many people; hygienic conditions were therefore very precarious, and they lived with the constant fear that Covid-19 could take root and spread among the displaced.

                    The return of the children to "Don Bosco Ngangi" took place on June 15. "Now we're in the post-evacuation phase: it's a different emergency, there's less fear, but more misery. In the streets begging children, street children, old people, mothers wander ... they're all dirty and covered in rags,” say the operators of “Missioni Don Bosco”, the Salesian Mission Office of Turin.

                    Even if the worst danger has passed, it is now necessary to intervene to help people find a home and dignity, children to have a safe place to wash, feed and grow. There is a need for mattresses, blankets, food, powdered milk for babies ...

                    Heirs of Don Bosco, the Salesians of Goma plan, build, welcome, move and act when necessary, face every adversity… All to help them, the smallest and most defenseless.

                    For more information, please visit the website: www.missionidonbosco.org 

                    • AFC AFRICA CENTRALE
                    • Rep Dem del Congo
                    • Disastri e Calamità Naturali
                    • Missioni
                    • Missioni Don Bosco
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      RMG – Charter of Identity of the Salesian School in America

                      3 weeks 2 days ago
                      RMG – Charter of Identity of the Salesian School in America

                      (ANS - Rome) - After a process of discernment and reflection carried out by the central team of the Salesian School in America (ESA), by the General Councilors for Youth Ministry (FMA and SDB), respectively, Sr. Runita Borja and Fr Miguel Angel García Morcuende, and after having collected the experiences and viewpoints of the four regions into which ESA is divided (CIB-CIS-BRASIL; CIMAC-Mesoamerica; CICSAL and SEPSUR-School; CINAB-ANDINA), the phase of drafting the ESA “Charter of Identity” has come to its conclusion. This important document is now being shared and published in each of the regional meetings taking place during this 2021.

                      ESA's "Charter of Identity" aims to be a common reference point for the construction of the educational-pastoral projects of the schools of the Salesian Family on the continent, helping to form a critical conscience and transform societies starting from the proposal of integral formation born with Don Bosco.

                      With this Charter of Identity, written in 5 languages, a new step is taken in the consolidation of the network on the American continent, strengthening the Salesian mission of educating and evangelizing according to the foundations of the Preventive System, through the Educational Pastoral Communities, and fostering the leadership of young people in these processes.

                      The mission of the Salesian School in America is developed through the presence of over 900 schools that take care, according to the Salesian charism, of children, adolescents and young people and that are committed to offering an educational service of integral formation, with educational-pastoral projects with a clear charismatic identity, proactive and fulfilled in co-responsibility between consecrated persons and laity for the benefit of the whole of society throughout the American continent.

                      The Salesians of Don Bosco, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the Daughters of the Divine Savior and other members of the Salesian Family are part of this network of schools which make up ESA and have been working on the continent in units for more than 30 years.

                      Fr Claudio Cartes, SDB,

                      ESA reference person for the SDB Youth Ministry Department  

                      • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                      • Pastorale Giovanile
                      • Scuole
                      • Interamerica
                      • America Cono Sud
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Italy – "New world of Don Bosco": documentary of metropolitan city tells "house that welcomes"

                        3 weeks 2 days ago

                        (ANS - Turin) - Well over a century has gone by since Don Bosco opened the first oratory in Valdocco to host young people who are excluded and in precarious living conditions, but the desire of the Salesians to stay close to the least has never failed. Today the Saint's message translates, at the “San Paolo” house in Turin, into the “Casa che ospita”, a house that hosts and welcomes a dozen young immigrant minors, the so called unaccompanied minors.

                        A documentary recently produced by the Directorate for Communication and Relations with Citizens and the Territory of the Metropolitan City of Turin alternates the story of Don Bosco and the Salesians, told by the journalist Gian Mario Ricciardi, with the description of the "House that welcomes" made by the protagonists: Fr Alberto Lagostina, director of the house, a volunteer tutor, the two educators and a few volunteers who lend their time and work to make it possible for the structure to function.

                        Producing the film was complicated, inevitably conditioned by the pandemic; which began with a phone call to Fr Lagostina at the end of last February, and continued with a few preparatory meetings to define the script. Filming took place in the second half of April in various locations - the Casa Don Bosco Museum and the Valdocco oratory were the backdrop for Ricciardi's interventions; the rooms and common rooms of the "House that welcomes", to show the moments of everyday life: the cleaning carried out by the youths, the preparation of lunch with the volunteers, study, play, and the evening meal.

                        The streets of Borgo San Paolo, with the local market, are the settings in which children walk, walk ... Walking is intended as a metaphor for the migrant who abandons his country, poverty, war or persecution in search of security, a better life. Often it is about dreams, the search for a mythical Eldorado which then, soon, does not unfold itself as such. Sometimes the stories of the children who come from Africa, Albania, Bangladesh and other developing countries are dramatic: adventurous journeys punctuated by the violence of border guards, dangerous detours, once they arrive in Italy, in the context of the underworld (shelter and food in exchange for illegal actions).

                        The work of those who take care of these young people and tear them off the street, just as Don Bosco did, is precious and complex, always in relationship with the Municipality, with the training bodies and with all the institutions and individuals who collaborate to insert young people in the Turin social and productive fabric.

                        The message of the film can be summarized in the words of Fr Lagostina at the end of the documentary: “It is the encounter between different people that leads to a common richness. This is the new world we want.”

                        The film, lasting about 23 minutes, is now available on YouTube.

                        • Italia
                        • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
                        • Comunicazione Sociale
                        • Don Bosco
                        • Accoglienza minori
                        • Migranti
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Nigeria – Girls develop tailoring and business skills to help achieve self-sufficiency

                          3 weeks 2 days ago
                          Nigeria – Girls develop tailoring and business skills to help achieve self-sufficiency

                          (ANS – Lagos) – Salesian missionaries in Nigeria were able to train 15 girls in tailoring and give them self-employment starter kits thanks in part to funding from Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. The “Post-COVID Relief through the Provision of Skills in Tailoring for Young Girls in Lagos and Ijebu Ode” project ran from November 2020 to April 2021. A new second phase of the project will run until July 2021.

                          Ten of the girls were from Lagos and five were from Ijebu Ode. While initially only 10 girls were to be trained, the interest in the project was so high that it was expanded to 15. The project also employed 10 trainers who showed proficiency, experience and passion for the field.

                          Guided by the goal of equipping trainees with skills in tailoring and sewing, the training consisted of 90 percent practical work and 10 percent theory, which also involved life skills training, marketing, management, interpersonal communication and other essential aspects of running a business.

                          The trainees also completed a one-month internship before being provided with starter kits to help with self-employment to improve their livelihood. They remain under the supervision of the project for another two months for business monitoring and performance assessment and to ensure that their start-up kit tools are being used effectively.

                          “Salesian missionaries in Nigeria have been able to impact young lives through the delivery of training, education and providing for their basic needs like shelter,” said Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions. “Training girls and young women has remained of pivotal importance to address issues of gender inequality and youth unemployment. Girls who are able to receive an education have an advantage in helping to break the cycle of poverty and live a life of self-sufficiency.”

                          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: Salesian Missions

                          • AFW AFRICA OCCIDENTALE ANGLOFONA
                          • Nigeria
                          • Formazione Professionale
                          • Ragazze
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Colombia – “Father Jaime” Award, 2021 edition, to Fr Carlos Josué Costa do Nascimento, SDB

                            3 weeks 2 days ago
                            Colombia – “Father Jaime” Award, 2021 edition, to Fr Carlos Josué Costa do Nascimento, SDB

                            (ANS - Bogotà) - The “Father Jaime” Foundation is a Colombian NGO which, inspired by the figure of the Salesian priest Fr Jaime Rodríguez Forero (1930-2011), supports seminarians who are preparing for the priesthood. On 1 July, during the International Symposium “Priests in times of crisis”, it selected the winner of the “Father Jaime Rodriguez Award” 2021: Fr Carlos Josué Costa do Nascimento, a Salesian priest and university teacher from Brazil.

                            Previously, in the selection of the two finalists, both nominated for their work as academics, Fr José Miguel Núñez Moreno, a Spanish Salesian, former Councilor for the then Western Europe Region in the 2008-2014 term, was also indicated.

                            Fr Costa do Nascimento, born on 27 July 1968 in Belém, Brazil, and a Salesian since 1989, was ordained a priest on 8 December 1996. He studied Philosophy at the Don Bosco Catholic University (UCDB) in Campo Grande, Brazil; Theology at the Salesian Pontifical University of Cremisan, Israel; and obtained a Masters in Biblical Theology from the Gregorian University of Rome, Italy. He also earned a doctorate in Religious Sciences-Biblical World from the Methodist University of San Bernardo do Campo, in Brazil.

                            He was a professor at the "Santo Tomás" Salesian Theological Institute in Lapa, at the UCDB in Campo Grande and at the Catholic Faculty of Belém (FACBEL), also in Brazil. He teaches Salesianity, Spanish and Salesian identity. Specialist in Johannine Literature, he teaches courses on Historical, Prophetic and Introduction to Sacred Scripture books.

                            In his own words, Fr Carlos Josué's method focuses on "direct contact with students, starting from dialogue and participation, to build biblical learning with them. First of all, I am a Salesian and I live the charism with Don Bosco's style in teaching: communication is full of joy and hope, to create a climate of trust and friendship that facilitates relationships with everyone."

                            "I love teaching with passion in my eyes, which also translates into personalized relationships inside and outside the classroom,” adds the winner of the Father Jaime Award. “I use the Preventive System, especially kindness and reason. It is important to give clear answers to questions, making students responsible for their own education. I speak to them of the possibility and responsibility they have of living the study of Theology, specifically the Bible, embodied in life, as agents of liberation and transformation in the social, political, cultural, religious sphere… ”.

                            The "Fundación Padre Jaime" is a foundation established in 2009 to celebrate the figure and carry out the mission of Fr Jaime Rodríguez Forero, SDB, who centered his entire priestly life on the Eucharist and pastoral action, and who was also a professor and researcher in fields such as Theology, Sociology and Bioethics. Taking this Salesian priest as a model, the foundation promotes and supports Salesian religious who are preparing for the priesthood.

                            The "Father Jaime Prize", which offers Salesian clerics research vouchers, and encourages them to preach from the heart, was established in 2017.

                            • Colombia
                            • COB COLOMBIA BOGOTÁ
                            • Premi e Riconoscimenti
                            • Università
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Italy – Fr Andrea Bozzolo appointed new Rector of Salesian Pontifical University

                              3 weeks 5 days ago
                              Italy – Fr Andrea Bozzolo appointed new Rector of Salesian Pontifical University

                              (ANS - Rome) - On 30 June the Congregation for Catholic Education issued the Decree (prot. No. 467/2021) which appoints prof. Andrea Bozzolo Rector Magnificus of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS). His mandate, as established by the Executive Decree (9 July 2021, prot. N. 41/2021) of the UPS Grand Chancellor, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, shall begin on 3 August 2021.

                              Professor Bozzolo has been a professor at the Salesian Pontifical University since 1999. He is currently Full Professor of Systematic Theology at the Faculty of Theology, in the Turin section, of which he was Dean from 2008 to 2017. He is also Professor in charge of Systematic Theology of Northern Italy and the Theology of Marriage at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies.

                              He is a member of the Italian Theological Association, collaborated with the Pontifical Council for the Family (2014-2015). He participated as an expert in the Synod of Bishops "Young people, faith and vocational discernment" (3-28 October 2018) and in the last two General Chapters of the Salesian Congregation.

                              Born in Mondovì (Italy) in 1966, Andrea Bozzolo has been a Salesian since 1986 and a priest since 1995. He is a Doctor of Classical Literature with a thesis defended in 1992 in Turin on "Augustine's Hermeneutics. Theory and reading of the Enarratio in Ps. 103".

                              In 2002, at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy, he obtained a doctorate in Systematic Theology with a thesis entitled: "The sacramental effectiveness of faith. Mystery, symbol and rite in Odo Casel”. It was published in its entirety with the title “Mistero, simbolo e rito in Odo Casel” (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Vatican City 2003). His curriculum vitae is full of publications in the area of ​​systematic and liturgical theology, and of Salesian ministry and spirituality.

                              "I've known Fr Andrea Bozzolo since we began the journey of Salesian life together, from the Novitiate to philosophical and theological studies, and I have great esteem as a Salesian and as a qualified and appreciated teacher," said the outgoing Rector Magnificus, Fr Mauro Mantovani. "I remember, for example, his magnificent speech here at UPS on the occasion of the International Congress 'Youth and Life Choices' in September 2018, a few days before the beginning of the Synod of Bishops, in which he participated as an expert on young people, faith and vocational discernment. I'm especially pleased that with his appointment one of our two sections of the Faculty of Theology, that of Turin, is enhanced, just after having concluded the 80th anniversary of the foundation of our Institution, which was born right there where Don Bosco himself lived and operated."

                              "Personally, and on behalf of the entire academic community of the UPS,” concluded Fr Mantovani, “I offer Father Andrea my warmest and most cordial best wishes, certain that the new Rector will be able to count on the convinced collaboration and support and friendship of every member and component of our University. I will immediately make myself available to him, both for the necessary handover and for everything he may need to carry out his important task in the best possible manner right away."

                              Further information on the site: www.unisal.it 

                              • Italia
                              • UPS UNIVERSITÀ PONTIFICIA SALESIANA
                              • Nomine
                              • Andrea Bozzolo
                              • Mauro Mantovani
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Malta – Salesians looking after Young Refugees

                                3 weeks 5 days ago
                                Malta – Salesians looking after Young Refugees

                                (ANS – Sliema) – Last year, Brhane from Eritrea was with a group of young refugees that were saved by the crew of a Lebanese cargo ship “Talia” which transports livestock.  The refugees were saved as their small boat needed help as it got caught in rough seas with waves of 8 metres high.  Among the refugees, there were young people who were in an awfully bad state of health and nourishment.

                                When Brhane arrived in Malta, he was thin and scared. His photograph was spread all over the social media in a short time and it was labelled the “Pieta” of the Mediterranean. He did not have the strength to walk down unaided from the boat that saved his life and needed to be carried down by a member of the crew.  After a period of convalescence in hospital, Brhane started to attend the Salesian day programme which is run in conjunction with two NGOS: Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). Young refugees, like Brhane, are provided with basic needs such as food, medicine and clothing, they learn English and basic skills to support them in their integration in society.

                                Brhane is now being looked after by the Salesians of Don Bosco in Malta in Mamma Margherita Home. Fr. Savio Vella, the Director of the Homes, said that “the Salesians are taking care of the most vulnerable and needy young refugees that arrive on our shores. We look after them, we care for them, we show them love, and, with them, we plan their future.  Yes, we offer them hope …”

                                Young refugees are risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea in search of a better life.  Since 2010, “Mamma Margherita Home” and “Osanna Pia Home” in Sliema have been offering accommodations and care to young refugees who arrive on the island of Malta and support them in seeking a better and secure future.

                                • Malta
                                • MLT MALTA
                                • Migranti
                                • Rifugiati
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  RMG – "Friendship": theme of new "CaglieroLIFE" video

                                  3 weeks 5 days ago

                                  (ANS - Rome) - "Try to be a friend": this is the motto of the video of the July "CaglieroLIFE" column produced by "Don Bosco Intuition Entertainers Media" (DBIEM) on behalf of the Missions Sector of the Salesian Congregation.

                                  Friendship is a fundamental gift for and in everyone's life. Even the Holy Scriptures are rich in references on this theme and in the Gospel we can see Jesus living in relationships of authentic friendship with Martha, Mary and Lazarus; crying for the death of the latter; delivering an everlasting message to everyone: "No one has a greater love than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends" (Jn 15:13).

                                  This month's "CaglieroLIFE" video deals with the theme of friendship and its "complications": because what comes easily and spontaneously when we are children gradually becomes more difficult as we grow up and following one's life experiences.

                                  This is why the video ends with a question-provocation that helps to overturn one's outlook or perspective and invites us not to be afraid to foster new friendships.

                                  The one-minute video, linked to the Salesian intention of the month, and conceived as a tool for animation, discussion and sharing within the various youth groups, is available on the YouTube channel of the Salesian Missions Sector and on the website: www.sdb.org. It will also be uploaded to the Facebook page of the Sector for the Salesian Missions.

                                  • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                  • Missioni
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Brazil – An oratory against drugs: Salesian presence in Cruzeiro do Sul is taking shape

                                    3 weeks 6 days ago
                                    Brazil – An oratory against drugs: Salesian presence in Cruzeiro do Sul is taking shape

                                    (ANS - Cruzeiro do Sul) - In Cruzeiro do Sul, a town of 100,000 inhabitants in the Brazilian state of Acre, in Amazonian territory, a new Salesian missionary presence is about to arise. Engaged in this work is Fr Roberto Cappelletti, a 50-year-old Salesian missionary.

                                    He lived for six years in two missions on the Alto Rio Negro River, taking care of the natives who lived in small villages in the forest. He was then transferred to the Amazonian state of Rondônia, in Porto Velho, a city of 500,000 inhabitants, where he is responsible for a parish, the oratory and the activities for children and young people. From here, every month, he travels 1,200 kilometers of bumpy roads to go to Cruzeiro do Sul and prepare the new mission wanted by the local bishop, the Salesian Msgr. Flavio Giovenale:

                                    “The tragedy of this town on the border with Peru is the massive drug trafficking: when children drop out of school or finish school and cannot find work, they are often enlisted by traffickers to sell,” says Fr Cappelletti. “In the Amazon area there are solid and united families, attentive to the education of their children, but many families are fragile. The often neglected children try to make easy money on drugs. Poverty is widespread: agriculture and livestock, the main activities, are in the hands of a few, very wealthy landowners, who unfortunately reserve humiliating salaries for their workers.”

                                    Mgr. Giovenale entrusted the Salesians with the youth ministry of the entire city of Cruzeiro do Sul and the care of the inmates of the local juvenile prison. Fr Cappelletti's goal is to open an oratory and start vocational courses – as bakers, cooks, beauticians, courses for the installation and maintenance of electrical systems - so that young people can find a job or open a small business.

                                    The oratory will be built in the area of ​​the former major seminary, where there is already a football field and an indoor field for basketball and volleyball. In recent weeks, the premises that will accommodate the Salesian community and the various activities of the oratory are being restructured. In another area of ​​the city, the local Caritas has made available a warehouse, also undergoing renovation, which will house the classrooms. The works will finish within a few months and already in December it will be possible to start registering enrollment.

                                    “From January of next year I should be living permanently in Cruzeiro do Sul. I hope that the Salesian Province of Manaus, to which I belong, and the Congregation will send at least two confreres: in this way we'll be able to establish a small community,” he adds.

                                    “I dream that the oratory we're building can also become itinerant: I'd like many activities to take place even in the poorest and most peripheral neighborhoods. The children and young people of this town, which the Lord looks upon with boundless love, need to be accompanied, guided, supported, they need someone to help them build a good life. I shall work pursuing this goal together with all those who want to lend a hand: the alliance of adults for the good of young people is crucial.”

                                    • Brasile
                                    • BMA BRASILE MANAUS
                                    • Missioni
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      RMG – ESA Central Commission: job evaluation and programming in support of Global Pact for Education

                                      3 weeks 6 days ago
                                      RMG – ESA Central Commission: job evaluation and programming in support of Global Pact for Education

                                      (ANS - Rome) - On Thursday 1 July, a new meeting of the Central Commission of the Salesian School in America (ESA, in Spanish) took place digitally, made up of representatives of the four regions that form the Network of Schools and Vocational Training Centers of the Provinces of the Salesians (SDB) and of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) on the American continent.

                                      The following took part:

                                      • Sr. Adair Aparecida Sberga and Ana Paula Costa Silva, for the CIB-CIS-BRASIL region (which includes the Brazilian Provinces);
                                      • Sr. Flora Fanfan and Fr Carlos Montoya, for the CIMAC-Mesoamerica region (which includes the Provinces of North America and Central America);
                                      • Sr. Myriam Celeste Benítez and Rossanna Benítez, for the CICSAL and SEPSUR-Scuole region (which includes the Latin American South Cone Spanish-speaking Provinces);
                                      • Victoria Esperanza Paz Escobar and Fr Luis Adolfo Tórrez, for the CINAB-ANDINA region (which includes the Provinces of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia).

                                      Also, Sr. Patricia Parraguez, FMA of Chile, Delegate for the Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences "Auxilium"; and the ESA representatives of the FMA Sector and the SDB Department for ESA, respectively Sr. Ivone Goulart Lopes and Fr Claudio Cartes.

                                      Immediately after the initial prayer, the work involved the review of the regional meetings held so far, giving an account of the processes initiated in the four regions. In this phase, the progress made in the dissemination of the ESA Identity Card and in strategic planning in the continent was highlighted.

                                      Subsequently, the progress recorded in strategic planning regarding the four work axes that emerged from the ESA IV meeting was examined, identifying the process managers to be followed for each axis.

                                      The ESA Central Commission then discussed ESA's commitment to the Global Pact for Education proposed by Pope Francis for all institutions whose purpose is the education of children, adolescents and young people all over the world. For the Salesian Family, an eminently educative family, this proposal of the Pope is in full harmony with its educational pastoral mission, for which it finds a complete and convinced echo and adhesion. To make this commitment to this Pact more concrete, the Salesian Family will continue to reflect on its implications and its meaning, and proposes to hold talks and discernment on the subject in each region, to finally arrive at a continental meeting on this theme.

                                      The Salesian School in America (ESA) is an educational network that promotes the construction of educational environments and the fulfillment of processes, projects and aids to accompany with pedagogical itineraries the process experienced in every center, in every country, inculturating the Preventive System of Don Bosco in the American context. ESA works for quality education and social equality for all students, who face a context marked by poverty, growing social inequality and the deep gap in the development of digital technologies, which are not accessible to everyone.

                                      Further information is available at: www.escuelasalesianaamerica.org 

                                      • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                                      • Educazione
                                      • Interamerica
                                      • America Cono Sud
                                      • FMA Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Uganda – Food distribution to vulnerable during lockdown in Uganda facing deadly 2nd Covid-19 wave

                                        3 weeks 6 days ago
                                        Uganda – Food distribution to vulnerable during lockdown in Uganda facing  deadly 2nd Covid-19 wave

                                        (ANS – Kampala) – Uganda recently underwent and is still undergoing a difficult moment of a Covid-19 lockdown, due to its more deadly second wave. Most people in Uganda are no longer working because of the restrictions imposed by the government to contain the spread of the virus. In fact, the most affected people are children and their parents from very poor backgrounds who normally get their daily bread from their daily earnings. Currently, the situation of Covid-19 patients is still alarming. Health experts under the umbrella body Uganda Medical Association (UMA) have said that 80% of people infected with Covid-19 do not know they are infected. “As Salesians we couldn’t remain relaxed and comfortable as we witnessed many people suffering due to hunger.”

                                        Fr Elie NYANDWI, SDB, Director of Don Bosco Namugongo, in the Capital of Uganda, Kampala, wrote on July 3:

                                        These doctors have therefore advised the people who have tested positive but have no symptoms to avoid moving outside their homes unless when seeking medical care. For now, the hospitals - both private and public - are overcrowded. And the medical bill for the Covid-19 patients remains exorbitant whereby some private hospitals do not fear charging up to 5 million Uganda Shilling per day (1,500 USD).

                                        Only a few rich people are able to raise such a big amount. That is why most of the Covid-19 patients remain at their homes and treat themselves with lemon juice mixed with ginger. These patients also do steaming using herbs and eucalyptus leaves.

                                        At Don Bosco Namugongo, we have a eucalyptus plantation. These days, it is frequently visited by both Salesians and neighbors searching leaves for steaming. However, Covid-19 patients who take the antibiotics and vitamins C and D from their homes without a medical prescription are at higher risk of getting more dangerous health complications. That is why the death cases due to Covid-19 keep increasing day by day. 

                                        Our Salesian community - with its limited resources - assist the poor during this critical moment by visiting and giving some food to the most vulnerable families. The Salesian Cooperators and other collaborators around our mission of Namugongo are joining the activity of feeding the poor. We have made a WhatsApp group where we share information about this activity. People of goodwill are giving generously the little they have, and those who do not give participate in distributing the food items to the needy. The most needed food items are for now: maize flour, beans and cooking oil. 

                                        As for now, the situation has gone beyond our capacity. For instance, as of 1 July 2021, we tried to identify 50 of the most vulnerable families from our neighborhood to be assisted. These families couldn’t reach the community due to the restrictions imposed by the lockdown. We tried to organize some boda-bodas to deliver some food with beans and posho to them. We decided to offer 2 kg of beans and 2 kg of maize flour since the number kept increasing drastically. We also cut about 30 bunches of banana from our garden, with some vegetables (Sukuma Wiki) and shared with them. Hence, as Salesians with a big concern of what is happening, we take this opportunity to thank and appeal to all generous people who can participate and join us to help the needy in this period of lockdown.

                                        May the Almighty God continue to bless those who give cheerfully and unsparingly.

                                        Always trying to do what they can, meanwhile, this Tuesday morning the Salesians of Namugongo Community went around Bulindo and Mulawa, visiting the most vulnerable families. To each, 15 of them, we gave 5 kg of beans, 5 kg of posho, and some cassava.

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                                        • Uganda
                                        • AGL AFRICA GRANDI LAGHI
                                        • Coronavirus
                                        • Solidarietà
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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