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Spain – Pamplona Salesian Institute wins Siemens National Prototype Competition

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Spain – Pamplona Salesian Institute wins Siemens National Prototype Competition

(ANS - Pamplona) - The "Augmented Reality applied to Industrial Maintenance" project created by two students from the Salesian Institute in Pamplona ​won the twelfth edition of the Siemens National Prototype Competition. Nacor Bea Galán and Alejandro Apesteguía Vázquez, students of the second year of Industrial Automation and Robotics of the Salesian school, under the guidance of Prof. José Miguel Puncel of the Department of Electricity and Electronics, developed a system that allows the application of augmented reality to industrial maintenance and was implemented in the plant of the Gestamp company in Orcoien.

The annual competition promoted by Siemens aims to encourage innovation, the study of digitization in universities and vocational training institutes, and foster competitiveness and teamwork among students in Spain.

"Our project consisted in the development of a system that would enable the application of augmented reality to industrial maintenance. By placing a tablet on an installation, a virtual layer is superimposed through which the technician can automatically identify each device, access complementary information such as diagrams, or even monitor or modify process variables," explained its creators.

The winning students, who during the last year did their dual vocational training internships in two companies in Navarre, produced their project making it compatible with their internships and studies.

They developed a system to facilitate the maintenance of the structures, applying the advantages offered by Augmented Reality, such as the accentuation of perceptible reality, to provide more information than is visible to the naked eye.

“We were able to improve the work of the facility maintenance technicians by developing software suited to customer needs. With the system, the technician can access all the information of the component he is testing,” say the two students.

And they add: “This allows you to easily manipulate any element, giving total control of the automated line to any authorized user. This greatly reduces the time it takes to diagnose problems, as the real-time view of the field helps to trace the cause more easily.”

And all this is already in place in the plant that the Gestamp company has in Orcoyen.

The prize also includes an endowment of 10,000 euros in automation material for the Salesian center and a trip to Amberg for the two winners of the competition, where they will be able to visit the Siemens factory in that city.

Furthermore, the visibility and prestige of the competition should not be underestimated, as over 25 prototypes from various Vocational Training Centers and universities across the country took part in this 12th edition.

“With this award, the boys and girls who study Vocational Training see that nothing is impossible, that with hard work and effort they can do everything they can imagine,” say the Salesians of Pamplona.

  • Spagna
  • SSM
  • Tecnologie
  • Scienze
  • Scuole
  • Studenti
  • Premi e Riconoscimenti
    Gian Francesco Romano

    RMG – Social Communication Delegates of Central & North Europe Meet

    4 weeks ago
    RMG – Social Communication Delegates of Central & North Europe Meet

    (ANS - Rome) – The Salesian Social Communication delegates of the Central & North European region met online yesterday, to plan for their region and take stock of the situation and the challenges they face in the communication mission. The meeting was convened by Fr. Gildásio Mendez, Councillor for Social Communication, together with Fr. Roman Jachimowicz, Regional Councillor for Central & North Europe in the presence of a good number of social communication delegates of the region, and the presence of the other members of the dicastery, namely Fr. Ricardo Campoli and Fr. Harris Pakkam. The delegates from France, Great Britain, Malta, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Belgium were also present for the meeting.

    After the initial prayer video and words of welcome by Fr. Gildásio, and a brief presentation by each of the participants, the first part of the agenda was dedicated to thanking Fr. Bob Gardner, the Social Communication delegate of the Great Britain province, who had been the Social Communication Coordinator for this region for the past few years, and the assuming of this new responsibility by Fr. Mariuz Jawny, Social Communication delegate of the Poland Wroclaw province. The Councillor for Social Communication, Fr. Gildásio thanked all the delegates for their work, and expressed that he was truly concerned about assisting and guiding each one of them in their mission. Fr. Roman, the Regional appreciated all the delegates for their contribution in the region and highlighted the extensive use of the online platforms and exhorted everyone to master those skills, that could  help them in the communication mission.

    The common programmes planned for the second semester which involved their participation and preparation were also discussed. Fr. Gildásio, gave a brief overview of the Salesian School of Social Communication, and how the themes chosen aimed at fulfilling the plans of the congregation and the dicastery, keeping in mind the need of each region.  He also mentioned how the other regions had already planned their programmes, and affirmed that the common programmes offered from the centre would set a good base to all the participants. He invited all the members to participate actively in the meetings, and affirmed that that there could be lot of flexibility in the choice of themes, resource persons, duration of the course etc. The first phase of the programmes planned were:

    a) Biblical dimension of Communication - reading communication in the perspective of Emmaus –  by Fr. Gildásio Mendez - General Council for Communication,

    b) Synodal Dimension of Communication by Fr. Harris Pakkam,  Member of the Sector of Communication, Rome

    c) Salesian Dimension of Communication by Fr. Ricardo Campoli - Member of the Sector of Communication, Rome

    d) Institutional Dimension of Institutional Communication by Dr. Fabrizio Vignati, Lay expert from the Salesian Province of North Italy and

    e) Communication and Youth Pastoral Dimension by Fr. Miguel Angel, General Councillor for Youth Pastoral.

    Fr. Mariuz, coordinated the second part of the discussion with the participants and the topics suggested for the second phase of formation were the following:

    1. Seeking Truth through media (recognizing and fighting fake news).

    2. Problems and Challenges related to Internet Security.

    3. How to utilize effectively the available tools for our apostolate through online communication?

    4. Crisis Communication and Intervention

    5. Understanding the Corporate Identity of the Salesian Order & Marketing and Promotion in the Salesian Style.

    6. Unity and Efficacy of Pastoral work for the benefit of youth in Secular Environments.

    7. Understanding and mastering the Google tools and practical applications for social communication.

    The delegates agreed that the formative programmes could be scheduled on a monthly basis for two hours, and that simultaneous translation could also be offered, for those who could not understand English. Fr. Mariusz concluded that the themes would be presented and suggestions regarding the speakers could also be made. It was a good interaction that provided useful insights on the context and challenges faced by each delegate, and how networking and good formation could enable them to communicate effectively.

    • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
    • Comunicazione Sociale
    • Europa Centro Nord
    • Roman Jachimowicz
    • Gildasio Mendes dos Santos
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Uruguay – Dormitory for homeless people inaugurated in Salesian institute "Pius IX" in Montevideo

      4 weeks ago

      (ANS - Montevideo) - A dormitory was inaugurated yesterday, Monday 6 July, in the premises of the Salesian Institute "Pio IX" of Villa Colón, Montevideo, to accommodate people living on the street during winter nights. It is the first dormitory to be opened as a result of the coordination of the Ministry of Social Development (MIDES) with a civil society organization, namely "La Olla de Villa Colón", an initiative of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) of Villa Colón.

      The dormitory inaugurated yesterday mainly targets people who are homeless and who, due to various circumstances, do not want to enter other more structured centers. It is an initiative that involves collaboration “with organizations that know the people who live on the street, with whom they have a bond of trust: for this reason they are ready to accept to spend the night in these dormitories,” continues Mr. Malvárez. “There is a relational component that makes the difference,” explained Juan José Malvárez, a Salesian past pupil, now an official of the National Directorate for Social Protection of MIDES.

      "La Olla de Villa Colón" was created five years ago by a group of young people from the SYM of Villa Colón, formed to help the homeless. Every Friday evening from March to December, its members prepare a good plate of hearty food, and go to meet those who live on the street. Food, however, is only a pretext: it serves to build bonds and to be able to listen to them, accompany them, remind them of their dignity, and gradually give them all the help they need. This year, for example, with the collaboration of MIDES they have helped the homeless to get vaccinated against Covid-19 and have favored other more regular meetings, of sociality, such as watching the national football team matches together, to prepare them for this new proposal.

      Yesterday’s inauguration was attended by Fr Alfonso Bauer, Provincial of the Salesians in Uruguay, MP Fernanda Araújo, MIDES officials, young people from "La Olla de Villa Colón", and Salesians from the "Pio IX community".

      “This proposal arose two months ago. We did tests to meet the homeless all together in one place, to test mutual coexistence, and when we told them about this proposal they exploded with joy,” said Juan Pablo Paipó, one of the young people from "La Olla de Villa Colon".

      MIDES minister, Martin Lema, was unable to attend in person, but sent a message to the young people in which he thanked them for the "meticulous" work they do.

      The dormitory is located at the entrance of the huge property that houses the Pius IX institute, in a house that was specially renovated with the collaboration of the Salesian community and other benefactors. Its new inhabitants now find beds with new mattresses and pillows, blankets, warm jackets and "a detail" that did not go unnoticed: each bed had the name of the person who would occupy it on it.

      Because the treatment of guests must be truly personalized, as is customary in Salesian environments.

      {gallery}URU - Dormitorio 2021{/gallery}

      • Uruguay
      • URU URUGUAY
      • MGS Movimento Giovanile Salesiano
      • Senzatetto
      • Solidarietà
        Gian Francesco Romano

        India – Don Bosco Youth Centre: a Community Corona Care Centre

        4 weeks ago
        India – Don Bosco Youth Centre: a Community Corona Care Centre

        (ANS – Shillong) – The Educational-recreational centre turned into a Corona Care Centre for those who have been infected by Covid-19. The Don Bosco Youth Centre Community Corona Care Centre became functional on 06th May 2021 under the leadership of its director Fr. Michael Makri. He is supported and assisted by five lay collaborators – Mr Peter Mawlong, Dr Michael Mawlong, Mrs Samantha Syiem-Clarke, Ms Rachael R Khyriem, and Mr Teilang Khyriem.

        The primary objective of the centre is to provide essential services to the post Covid-19 patients who completed their Covid-19 treatment from different hospitals. As many as 16 post Covid-19 patients were administered. After much deliberation, it was decided to widen the service by involving the members of the Salesian Family i.e., the Salesian Sisters (FMA) and the MSMHC Sisters in order to cater to those most affected by this pandemic, and thus it became the Salesian Family venture.  

        After all arrangements were made and the place ready, on the 27th of May 2021, there was the inspection of the centre by Ms Isawanda Laloo, the Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills, along with her team which included Dr A. Lyngdoh, Additional Medical Health Officer, Mrs Veronica Lyngdoh, Magistrate, after which they gave the approval to convert DBYC to a temporary Community Corona Care Centre. The District Administration assigned a doctor to look after the patients and provided PPE suits, Oxygen Cylinders and sanitizers to the Centre. In addition, the Health Department gave a full-day training to the 6 nurses working in the Centre to ensure that they have adequate knowledge and skill to handle Covid-19 patients.  

        A trained nurse who also functions as a Data Entry Operator (DEO) is chosen to register every person entering/exiting the facility; which include all medical and hospital requirements. A separate exit and entry point has been made within the Centre so that the patients will remain in complete isolation from the Centre's guests and there would be lesser chance for transmission of the disease.

        All surfaces in the vicinity are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with a fogging machine. The Shillong Municipal Board takes care of the disposal of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits and other medical wastes.  

        The 40-beds facility is set up in two separate dormitories which are well ventilated. Each bed is separated 1 - 2 meters apart from each other. Only mild and symptomatic female patients who have been screened and recommended by the concerned authorities were admitted. Female patients who do not have space at their homes to self-isolate are also welcome to stay. The facility is medically equipped to handle Covid-19 cases along with a team of a doctor, 6 trained nurses of whom three are Salesian religious nuns. They monitor and provide treatment to the patients.

        Medical requirements such as Oxygen cylinders, Oximeters, Sphygmomanometers (BP monitoring device) and basic medicines like Paracetamol, Zinc Capsules and Vitamins are provided. Each patient is provided three fresh and healthy meals at scheduled times. Tea and light snacks are made available 24 hours for both patients and staff. Separate rooms are provided for the health workers and front liners for donning and doffing of PPE suits.  

        It has been a month and a half since Don Bosco Youth Centre has been converted into a Corona Care Centre. From that time onwards the Centre has been fully operational, intensely so. Every time a patient is discharged from the Centre a new patient arrives. These patients come from different parts of the State, places as far as Amlarem and Ranikor. Up to now the 30th of June many as 59 patients were discharged from the Centre. The youngest and only male patient was a five-month-old baby along with his mother. They were also discharged from the Centre strong and healthy.  

        The Provincial Economer is also busy collecting funds for the smooth running of the Centre. Besides him, the Director of BIDS also sends food articles on a regular basis. The relief team works day in and day out to gather funds both in kind and in cash for the Centre. It is because of their hard work that not even a penny is being charged from the patients after their treatment. Many benefactors including Mr R.G. Lyngdoh and Dr Sylvanus Lamare have extended their help by donating PPEs and Oximeters. Some friends and admirers of Don Bosco and the Salesian works donated 7 Oxygen Concentrators to the centre.

        {gallery}INS - Centro Covid-19 2021{/gallery}

        • India
        • INS INDIA SHILLONG
        • Coronavirus
        • Salute
          Gian Francesco Romano

          Italy – Winning collaboration between schools and local companies: the "Ernesto Breda" model of Sesto San Giovanni

          4 weeks ago

          (ANS - Sesto San Giovanni) - The students of the fourth and fifth grades of the Mechatronic course of the "Ernesto Breda" Technical & Technological Institute, of the "Don Bosco Social Works" of Sesto San Giovanni, have carried out a high profile project that participated and distinguished itself in the 2021 Automation Olympics, in the Senior category. All this was possible thanks to the collaboration developed by the Salesian institute with various companies (Hiwin, Dav, Siemens) and with the research group in "Intelligent Industrial Systems and Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing" of Italy's National Research Council (STIIMA CNR).

          The multidisciplinary project, which began at the end of the 2020/2021 school year, and which will continue, envisaged designing, in the context of "smart manufacturing", an automated island for the processing, control and storage of calibrated prisms.

          The project's objective is to act as a bridge between the world of school and work, parallel to the alternating school/work paths (PCTO) already in place, for example, with the Hiwin company.

          The winning feature of the project is its multidisciplinarity, as it involves all the subjects of the course, and more precisely: Mechanics for the engineering and design of the structure and choice of commercial components constituting the linear axes; Design/drawing for the creation of the entire structure's 3D model and the detailed drawings of the components to be machined; Technology for the design of the manufacturing cycle of production components and the drafting of the assembly cycle of the entire warehouse; Systems and Automation for the motorized section and control of the axes of the automatic warehouse.

          Furthermore, the students get to try firsthand what it means to carry out a business workshop, that is, they experience the dynamics that will see them involved in real working life, such as in the design stage when a supplier of components for the optimization and validation of the project is involved.

          The project, in fact, foresees the support and collaboration of Hiwin in the design, in the choice of components, in the production and processing of the structural parts, in their assembly and in the commissioning of the automatic warehouse. Dav company in Passirana di Rho has instead supplied the sheet metal shelves.

          The first fruits of this school-business collaboration occurred at the Automation Olympics organized by Siemens Italia, a competition recognized by the Ministry of Education, University and Research as part of the Excellence Enhancement Program.

          • Italia
          • ILE ITALIA LOMBARDO EMILIANA
          • Tecnologie
          • Scienze
          • Formazione Professionale
            Gian Francesco Romano

            Italy – Conference on educational poverty and opening of family home for minors: "Casa Gio"

            4 weeks 1 day ago

            (ANS - Foggia) - In Foggia – a city which according to the latest ranking drawn up by the Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore is the worst for the well-being of children - the Salesians are present with a work that includes a parish, the oratory and the “Sacro Cuore” association; it will soon also host a family home. Due to the forthcoming opening of this new structure designed in favor of the most disadvantaged minors, a conference entitled: "Child educational poverty: reflections and experiences" is scheduled for this Friday 16; on Saturday, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, accompanied by the Councilor for the Mediterranean Region, Fr Juan Carlos Pérez Godoy, will visit and bless the new family home called “Casa Gio”.

            In his work with the neediest young people Don Bosco noticed that "among the young they found those so poor and abandoned that for them any concern was useless without a place where they could be provided with accommodation, food and clothing". For this reason, the Salesians of Foggia have made great efforts to obtain a "Family Community" capable of welcoming minors in difficulty. And now their dream is about to come true.

            In the Candelaro district, one of the most lacking in educational opportunities in the city, efforts will be made to give more to those who have had less from life. The future "home" will be a small supportive village where education, love and sharing shall act as a hub. The family home will be managed by the Salesian association "Piccoli Passi Grandi Sogni aps" which is present with three other communities for minors in Puglia and which animates another four in southern Italy.

            Before the opening of "Casa Gio", on the morning of Friday 16 July, a conference on educational poverty will take place at the Salesians of Foggia. It will be introduced by Fr Gino Cella, Director of the house in Foggia, and which will see the intervention of the archbishop of Foggia-Bovino, Msgr. Vincenzo Pelvi; the President of the Puglia Region, Michele Emiliano; the Extraordinary Commissioner of Foggia, Marilisa Magno; together with other civil authorities and the Third Sector. The conclusions will be entrusted to Fr Angelo Santorsola, Provincial Superior of the Southern Italy Province (IME).

            "'Gio' like the founder of the Salesians Giovanni Bosco loved to sign himself; and 'Gio' as a home for giovani, young people. A community that will accommodate 10 adolescents injured by family experiences, children who need an educational recovery, but also unaccompanied foreign children in a residential manner," explained Fr Antonio Carbone, President of the association "Piccoli passi grandi sogni, Small steps big dreams".

            Saturday 17 July, then, will see none other than Don Bosco's X Successor, Fr Á.F. Artime, preside over a solemn Eucharistic celebration and the blessing of the new family home, accompanied by the Councilor for the Mediterranean Region, Fr Pérez Godoy.

            “Casa Gio” was made possible thanks to the direct support of the Salesian Headquarters in Rome, many benefactors, the DON BOSCO NEL MONDO Foundation, the “Salesians for Social APS” and the Puglia Region.

            {gallery}IME - Casa Gio Lancio 2021{/gallery}

            • IME ITALIA MERIDIONALE
            • Rettor Maggiore
            • Ángel Fernández Artime
            • Italia
            • Giovani a Rischio
            • Juan Carlos Pérez Godoy
              Gian Francesco Romano

              Central African Republic – The value of scholarships in a very poor country

              4 weeks 1 day ago
              Central African Republic – The value of scholarships in a very poor country

              (ANS - Bangui) - The Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries on the African continent - despite being very rich in resources such as uranium, gold and diamonds - and it is also very unstable politically due to the regime changes, civil wars and coups d'etat that have occurred over the last 20 years. According to the United Nations, 2.8 million people, or about half of the total population, depend on humanitarian aid and thousands of people are displaced, forced to leave their homes due to numerous internal conflicts. The infant mortality rate is among the highest in the world and the most common causes are diseases such as malaria, diarrhea, respiratory infections and acute malnutrition.

              The Salesians, always alongside the poorest, the least, the most vulnerable, could not fail to be present in the Central African Republic. In fact, there are three missions: two in Bangui, in the outskirts of the city, in Damala and Galbadja, and one 435 km from the capital, in Bouar - and they mainly deal with education, formation, hospitality.

              In the missions of Galbadja and Gamala there is a youth center, a family home and an oratory, as well as school facilities: a high school, a vocational school, elementary schools, kindergartens.

              An important support to such a tried and afflicted population, to dozens and dozens of disadvantaged minors, is the long-distance adoption project carried out by the Sons of Don Bosco.

              The children who are part of the long distance adoption project are between seven and eight years old. They are children like Anne Laure, a 7-year-old girl, who attends the “St John Bosco” primary school in Galabadja: her young parents struggled to pay for school expenses, the mother has no job and the father is a student. For this reason, the Salesians, including the difficulties, immediately found an alternative to cover the taxes for the current year by including her in the scholarship project.

              Adopting a child from the Central African Republic means giving hope and a future in a country where the future is almost never talked about, it means helping a family and guaranteeing school fees, school accessories, medical care and food.

              Further information is available on the website: www.missionidonbosco.org 

              • ATE AFRICA TROPICALE EQUATORIALE
              • Rep Centrafricana
              • Missioni Don Bosco
              • Missioni
                Gian Francesco Romano

                Brazil – Salesians inaugurate new “Specialized Health Center - Auxilium” in Araçatuba

                4 weeks 1 day ago
                Brazil – Salesians inaugurate new “Specialized Health Center - Auxilium” in Araçatuba

                (ANS - Araçatuba) - Thanks to the collaboration between the Municipality of Araçatuba and the Faculty of Medicine of the Salesian University "UniSALESIANO", the city can now benefit from a new Specialized Health Center called "Auxilium".

                Various religious authorities, politicians and professionals took part in the inauguration event, which took place last June 16 in compliance with current pandemic-related safety regulation. It was also broadcast on the Municipality's channels via social networks.

                "May this place be a source of blessing for many people and may it express efforts in favor of the common good in this way," said the bishop of Araçatuba, Msgr. Sérgio Krzywy, before proceeding to the blessing of the premises. While the Secretary for Health of Araçatuba, Carmem Guariente, thanked the Salesians for the fruitful collaboration, which began in 2017, and assured "this is the first of many to come."

                Fr Ricardo Carlos, Provincial of the Brazil-Campo Grande Province (BCG) and UniSALESIAN Chancellor, also stressed the importance of collaboration with the Municipality: "Society needs to look at these good examples. I congratulate all the people involved who, in fact, contributed to this center being reborn, and that there are many other initiatives like this and that our society is the great beneficiary.”

                Finally, the mayor of Araçatuba, Dilador Borges, stated "this agreement with UniSALESIANO will bear many fruits. We shall have many health professionals who will pass through here and will remember the institute that trained them."

                The agreement between the Salesian university and the municipality of Araçatuba provided for the restructuring, starting last September, of the former municipal emergency room, located in the Santana district, then making the center for practical training of the students of the UniSALESIANO medical course available.

                The "Auxilium" structure will centralize the specialist outpatient services of the Single Healthcare System to ensure efficient, systematized, but always patient-centered health care.

                The clinic will see doctors specializing in cardiology, urology, otolaryngology, orthopedics, angiology, as well as a multidisciplinary team made up of professionals in the areas of physiotherapy, nursing, nutrition and social work.

                There will also be programs to treat patients with Hansen's disease and those undergoing ostomy and a gynecology clinic equipped for all minor tests and surgeries.

                The new facility will also host the Reference Center for Workers' Health, which provides medical and nursing assistance for commerce, businesses and industry; and new equipment dedicated to physiotherapy.

                {gallery}BCG - Centro Specialistico della Salute - 2021{/gallery}

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

                  Italy – Annual Spiritual Exercises of the General Council

                  4 weeks 2 days ago
                  Italy – Annual Spiritual Exercises of the General Council

                  (ANS - Vallombrosa) - From Sunday 27 June to Saturday 3 July the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, and other General Council members, spent a week of Spiritual Exercises in the Monastic Community of Vallombrosa, in the province of Florence. The reflections, inspired by the Gospel passage "Whosoever will come after me ..." (Mk 8:34; Mt 16:24; Lk 9:23) were guided by the Salesian biblical scholar Fr Juan José Bartolomé and highlighted gratuitousness and radicality as typical traits of those who want to follow Jesus.

                  “Our will for conversion is renewed in the monthly recollection and in the annual retreat. These are occasions of spiritual renewal which Don Bosco considered to be the fundamental part and the synthesis of all the practices of piety. (...) These times of grace restore to our spirit a deep unity in the Lord Jesus and keep alive in us the expectation of His return,” says art. 91 of the Salesian Constitutions.

                  And it is with this spirit that the members of the General Council of the Salesian Congregation all gathered together for a week, taking a break from the work of the summer plenary session to recharge themselves in spirituality, fraternity and humanity.

                  The days in Vallombrosa were marked by times of prayer, attentive listening to the words of the preacher Fr Bartolomé, silence for individual reflection, the Eucharist and sharing.

                  The eleven meditations that filled the different days ranged from acknowledging one's nature as sinful human beings to listening to the call of Jesus and taking the choice to follow Him at any cost, trusting in Mary as the teacher of spiritual discernment.

                  The program, although characterized by regularity in its activities and schedule, nevertheless left room for some special moments, such as: the penitential day, Wednesday 30 June; the individual “desert” day, Thursday 1st July; and that of joyful sharing, Saturday 3, with a visit to Siena, before returning to Rome.

                  Immersed in nature, in an environment with a long history, rich in beauty and silence, the Rector Major and the other General Council members were thus able to experience a week of discernment of God's will, of complete communion and mutual service, of sure benefit also for their roles of animation of the Congregation and of the Salesian Family.

                  • Italia
                  • Consiglio Generale
                  • Esercizi Spirituali
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    India – "Don Bosco Anbu Illam": holistic education to accompany street children towards rebirth

                    4 weeks 2 days ago

                    (ANS - Chennai) - "Don Bosco Anbu Illam" (DBAI) is an active organization for the rights of minors started by the Salesians of Don Bosco in 1985 in Chennai, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Inspired by the charism of Don Bosco, it offers stable assistance to about 120 children and minors in street conditions and workers through three shelters for children, two for boys and one for girls.

                    From October 2020 to March 2021, DBAI received constant support from “Salesian Missions”, the Salesian Mission Office of New Rochelle, USA. Thanks to this funding, and despite the difficulties imposed by the pandemic, DBAI managers were able to organize various activities and the minors received in the structures were able to continue to grow, learn and have fun in a healthy way.

                    In November 2020, for example, the DBAI celebrated the National Children's Day by planting small trees, and the young people in the Salesian center solemnly pledged to take care of the environment and not pollute. For the occasion, several prominent figures were also invited; the day's main guest explained why it is important to protect the environment and how to help ensure a healthy environment in the future. To this day, young people have continued to take care of the plants and enjoy the fruits of the garden.

                    On 24 February, for the State Day for the Protection of Girls, the Salesian house promoted and organized an awareness program on Covid-19, which however also included various interventions on self-protection and in particular on protection from abuse.  25 girls benefited from this training program held in the village of Panpakkam.

                    Also, due to the pandemic, the end-of-year exams for young people attending courses at the Salesian Institute of Industrial Training were postponed; but thanks to the international support received, DBAI was able to make the most of the additional time: in fact, through lessons, online and offline, the educators prepared students for the exams they then took between February and March; and, they also offered courses from the program on "skills for life" with sessions, for example, dealing with how to use time wisely, how to orientate themselves to entering the world of work and how to manage savings.

                    “We appreciate the generous support of the donors of 'Salesian Missions',” said Fr Joe Prabu, Director of the DBAI. “These contributions had a huge impact on children and minors at risk, who were out of school and who, through our programs, were able to learn many life skills and lessons. On behalf of these boys, girls and boys, we want to express all our sincere gratitude.”

                    • India
                    • INM INDIA MADRAS
                    • Bambini di Strada
                    • Procure Missionarie
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      Bolivia – "Damas Salesianas" show their love for humanity

                      4 weeks 2 days ago

                      (ANS - Cochabamba) - The Association of "Damas Salesianas" (ADS) of Cochabamba, Bolivia, in collaboration with other volunteers inspired by their Catholic faith, has launched a campaign to collect the tools necessary for the containment of Covid-19, such as oximeters, nebulizers and thermometers. "Our objective is to help as many people as possible," explained Ms Sylvia Padilla de Porro, Vice President of ADS in Bolivia.

                      The initiative was born thanks to the contact between the National Council of ADS and Sister Asun Moreo, who worked with Covid-19 patients. ADS thus decided to commit itself to serving people who are going through moments of fear, pain and anguish due to this disease. The solidarity campaign consists in receiving donations of nebulizers, oximeters or even cash to buy medical-health instruments and devices, with which to then help those affected by the coronavirus and prevent the spread of other infections.

                      The "Association of Damas Salesianas" was founded in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1968, by Fr Miguel González. It is a non-profit organization, made up of Catholic women of different origins, ages and cultures, united by a vocation to service in the Salesian spirit and an effective dynamism, who voluntarily dedicate their efforts to the most needy population.

                      With almost 450,000 people infected and 17,000 victims in the Country, and a situation that invites everyone to not lower their guard, although the contagion curve has been decreasing slightly in recent days, the "Damas Salesianas" invite the population to join this campaign of solidarity with those most in need. "Today we have the opportunity to show our love for humanity by contributing through serious institutions, where you will find an account of your donations," continues Ms Sylvia Padilla de Porro.

                      She adds, in conclusion: "There is no greater satisfaction than relieving the pain of others."

                      {gallery}BOL - Damas Salesianas 2021{/gallery}

                      • BOL BOLIVIA
                      • Bolivia
                      • Damas Salesianas
                      • Solidarietà
                      • Coronavirus
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        RMG – Renewed with a vision for the future: meeting of SYM'S "Small Team" from Europe and Middle East

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                        (ANS - Rome) - The "Small Team" of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) of Europe and the Middle East has returned to meet in person, in Rome, after months marked by the pandemic, during which only monthly online meetings were possible. The team met from 24 to 29 June to continue working and coordinating SYM's future.

                        The group is made up of Pablo Osorio (Southern Europe), Jeanine Balzan Engerer (Northern Europe) and Marta Radić (Central Europe), accompanied by Sr. Lolia Annie, FMA, and Fr Patrick Anthonyraj, SDB.

                        On 24 June, Don Bosco's name day and the feast of the Rector Major, representatives of the “Small Team” took part in the Eucharist in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, followed by a dinner with the whole community and the General Council of the Salesians. Everything took place in a festive atmosphere of gratitude and communion.

                        During these days, the “Small Team” dedicated a good part of the meetings to formation, so necessary to continue planning the SYM. On the first day, Fr Raymond Callo, SDB, was charged with speaking and reflecting on the “Letter of Rome”. The second moment, the formative one, was prepared by the General Councilor for Youth Ministry, Fr Miguel Ángel García Morcuende, and centered on the Encyclical "Fratelli Tutti". This second moment was presented by Fr Patrick Anthonyraj. The third formative session was led by Sister Runita Borja, General Councilor for FMA's Youth Ministry. She discussed the figure of Mary as a living and dynamic presence in Salesian Youth Spirituality.

                        One of this meeting's most important moments  was participation in the Sunday Eucharist in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican and the subsequent Angelus of Pope Francis. Furthermore, on Sunday the “Small Team” had a meeting with the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime. Both were moments of immense joy and inexhaustible inspiration.

                        Throughout this time, there were moments of prayer, silence, adoration. The “Small Team” also dedicated several sessions to the organization and coordination of the next European General Assembly, that will take place in Malta, and has also started to take the first steps for the management and coordination of the European Confronto, or meeting.

                        Despite the complicated circumstances in which we live, the Salesian Youth Movement continues to be very much alive, dynamic and enthusiastic. Young people who live their vocation of service with passion within the mission entrusted to them and who are ready to give their time to continue working with passion and energy in a Salesian Youth Movement full of hope and new projects.

                        • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                        • Pastorale Giovanile
                        • MGS Movimento Giovanile Salesiano
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          India – Bangalore Salesian Province June report of initiatives against Covid-19

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                          India – Bangalore Salesian Province June report of initiatives against Covid-19

                          (ANS - Bangalore) - The Salesian Province of India-Bangalore (INK) continues unabated in its actions in favor of the population affected by the pandemic and its consequences. A report was recently released containing a list of the services offered in the fight against Covid-19 by some of the main Salesian institutions. Specifically, the report refers to the activities carried out in the first half of June.

                          -      The “Don Bosco Bhadravati” center was involved in the distribution of 120 food rations, destined for families affected by Covid-19;

                          -      “Don Bosco Alappuzha”, with the support of BREADS, financially supported a family in mourning because of Covid, in the Alappuzha district;

                          -      “Don Bosco Bidar” center conducted a vaccination awareness campaign in Wadgaon;

                          -      "Don Bosco Chitradurga" distributed masks and disinfectants in the village of Maralurudinna to about 100 families. Also, vaccination awareness campaigns were conducted in various districts. Finally, families of nomads and semi-nomads were reached, to whom protective equipment and personal hygiene kits were donated;

                          -      Awareness campaigns for the vaccine were carried out at "Don Bosco Ajjnahalli", which are part of the CREAM (Child Rights Education and Action Movement);

                          -      "Don Bosco Team Covid" was awarded by the Kollam District Hospital for its meritorious blood donation service during the pandemic. The “Team Covid” has started the “Blood for Life” campaign, foreseeing the shortage that the blood banks would have to face after vaccination against the virus;

                          -      KISMAT continues to render its services in favor of interstate migrants in the state of Kerala;

                          -      BREADS, the Planning and Development Office of the India-Bangalore Province, recently concluded the "Food at Home" campaign. The campaign started on 26 April 2021 and ended on June 19, 2021. The total meals prepared in the kitchen amounts to 22,236 meals and reached 11,115 people. On average, the program served 202 people and about 62 families per day, for a total of 404 meals. BREADS also procured 100 oxygen concentrators for distribution to various hospitals and treatment centers in Bangalore and in rural areas of the state of Karnataka. Finally, together with BOSCONET and Accenture, it plans to distribute 5,000 medical kits and 2,000 food rations to families affected by the pandemic.

                          {gallery}INK - Reporta attivita Covid-19 giugno 2021{/gallery}

                          • India
                          • INK INDIA BANGALORE
                          • Coronavirus
                          • Solidarietà
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Chile – Second seminar of Southern Youth Ministry Secretariat

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                            Chile – Second seminar of Southern Youth Ministry Secretariat

                            (ANS - Santiago de Chile) - More than 600 people from various cities in Chile and throughout Latin America participated in the second SepSur Seminar, School Sector, entitled: "Leadership in times of pandemic: challenges for school leaders Salesians", which took place last June 23.

                            This meeting and formation space was organized by the Salesian Congregation, together with the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the Silva Henriquez Catholic University (UCSH), and the Caeteratolle Multimedia Center and was sponsored by the Southern Youth Ministry Secretariat (SepSur), School Sector. It aims to reflect on the role of the director in the needs dictated by these pandemic times.

                            Juan Pablo Vásquez, Director of the Salesian Schools Network, and Sister Cecilia Poblete, Head of the School of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), welcomed the hundreds of people connected. "We continue with the task of educating in a very demanding context, why we need to be formed as Salesian leaders," said Sister Cecilia.

                            Subsequently, the Provincial of the Salesians of Chile, Fr Carlo Lira, addressed a few words to those present, stating that: "It's wonderful that we can meet in this way and see the synergy that is being achieved at the provincial and continental levels. A participatory and creative leadership that puts young people at the center is the basis of our charism. I hope that this adversity we are experiencing is an opportunity and fruitful for us and for our young people."

                            Among the speakers, we must mention the researchers of the Research Center for Socio-Educational Transformation of UCSH, Andrea Horn and Álvaro González, who also developed the meeting's theme.

                            The seven main challenges in the context of the pandemic were outlined at the meeting:

                            -       connectivity and distance learning;

                            -       school-family relationship;

                            -       welfare of the educational community;

                            -       planning, adaptation, flexibility;

                            -       professional learning;

                            -       diversity-sensitive teaching;

                            -       assessment for learning.

                            The professionals then provided five lessons for post-pandemic educational management and leadership: rethinking organizational structures by fostering shared leadership based on horizontal relationships and co-responsibility; strengthening the relationship with the community, generating a bond of cooperation based on common interests; develop a leadership based on values, generating a culture of care; fostering a vision of deep learning via leadership attentive to the pedagogical core; developing pedagogical management based on data and evidence to make decisions in a timely manner.

                            The meeting, broadcast on the YouTube channel of the Salesians of Chile, can be viewed at the following link.

                            • CIL CILE
                            • Cile
                            • SEPSUR
                            • Scuole
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Vatican – Holy See grants Nulla Osta for Cause of Vera Grita, Lay, Salesian Cooperator

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                              Vatican – Holy See grants Nulla Osta for Cause of Vera Grita, Lay, Salesian Cooperator

                              (ANS - Vatican City) - On 26 May 2021, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints communicated to the Bishop of Savona-Noli, Msgr. Calogero Marino, the Nulla Osta from the Holy See for the opening of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Vera Grita (1923-1969), Laywoman, Salesian Cooperator. The Nulla Osta is the authorization by the Holy See for the opening of the diocesan inquiry as it has been shown that there is nothing in the Vatican Dicasteries against the Servant of God that hinders her Cause.

                              Vera Grita, born in Rome on January 28, 1923, was an elementary school teacher. After being trampled on by a crowd fleeing a bombing in Savona on 4 July 1944, her injuries marked her irreparably. She was 21. Despite her condition, she accepted to teach in peripheral schools in the Ligurian hinterland: Rialto, Erli, Alpicella, Deserto di Varazze. In Savona, in the Salesian parish of Mary Help of Christians, she participated in parish life. From 1963 the Salesian Fr Giovanni Bocchi was her confessor; when she became a Salesian Cooperator (1967), she entrusted herself to the guidance of Fr Gabriello Zucconi.

                              On September 19, 1967, the mystical experience began inviting her to live the joy and dignity of a daughter of God in full, in communion with the Trinity and in Eucharistic intimacy with Jesus received in Holy Communion and present in the Tabernacle. "We are the wine and water: you and me, me and you. We are one thing: I dig in you,  dig, dig to build myself a temple: let me work, do not set me obstacles [... ] the will of my Father is this: that I remain in you, and you in Me. Together we will bear great fruit." It was the first of the messages that make up the Work of the Living Tabernacles that Vera, struggling with the fear of being the victim of deception, wrote in obedience to Fr Zucconi.

                              Vera died on 22 December 1969. The messages explicitly refer to Don Bosco and his "da mihi animas cetera tolle" that tend to renew in the Salesians the sense of union with God and trust in Mary Help of Christians, to give God through a tireless apostolate that cooperates in the salvation of humanity. The Work, by the will of the Lord, is entrusted in the first instance to the sons of Don Bosco for its fulfillment and diffusion in the parishes, in the religious institutes and in the Church: "I chose the Salesians because they live with the young, but their life of the apostolate must be more intense, more active, more heartfelt."

                              The cause for the beatification of the Servant of God Vera Grita was launched on 22 December 2019, the 50th anniversary of her death, in Savona with the presentation of the Supplication libellus to the diocesan Bishop Msgr. Calogero Marino by the Postulator Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, SDB. Actor of the Cause is the Salesian Congregation.

                              • Vaticano
                              • Vera Grita
                              • Santità Salesiana
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Italy – Primary ADMA animates new summer of family activities

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                                Italy – Primary ADMA animates new summer of family activities

                                (ANS - Turin) - The experience of the Spiritual Exercises of families animated by the Association of Mary Help of Christians (Primary ADMA) of Turin, this year sees numerous families carve out a few days in one of the Salesian centers in Valdocco, Colle Don Bosco, Avigliana, Cumiana and Saint Oyenne in June-July 2021. The pandemic has changed the way we all come together in the Alpine setting of Pracharbon, but has not diminished the desire to meet with a new heart and new rules.

                                Three-days retreats proposed to pray, reflect and share, to put oneself in the school of St. Joseph of which the 150th anniversary of the proclamation as Patron of the Universal Church is celebrated. So what better occasion to return once again to the school of Nazareth and to abide spiritually with the Holy Family to become "holy families"?

                                Contemplating St. Joseph and his silent and chaste life in the spiritual exercises fits perfectly with the spirituality of ADMA, which keeps its gaze fixed on Jesus and Mary and intends to make them present in the homes of its members, to be able to admire, love and serve them. It is in this perspective and with this aim that the condition experienced by families participating in retreats finds its full meaning: a framework of "family of families", intergenerational, which is found in full force with the young and with older people to listen to the catechesis of the priests, while the animators deal with the children with dedication in a reciprocal and enveloping exchange.

                                Each day of exercises is then marked by moments of personal reflection, as a couple and finally in small groups - always in compliance with current pandemic regulations. Furthermore, the retreat day revolves around Eucharistic Adoration, the Rosary and Mass, as well as the possibility of personal confession: all while the children, in addition to playing, make videos to testify the moments lived and the catechesis heard by their animators.

                                In this virtuous circle, the choice of the figure of Saint Joseph, Father in obedience, acceptance and welcome, is certainly the testimony of all the people and families who in this pandemic time have known how to love in a discreet and silent way, but no less present.

                                {gallery}ICP - ADMA Attivita estive 2021{/gallery} 

                                • ICP ITALIA CIRCOSCRIZIONE SPECIALE PIEMONTE E VALLE D'AOSTA
                                • Italia
                                • ADMA Famiglia
                                • ADMA
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Bolivia – Salesian radio stations unify their analog signals, launch into digital

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                                  Bolivia – Salesian radio stations unify their analog signals, launch into digital

                                  (ANS - Independencia) - The staff members of the Salesian radio stations "Domingo Savio", based in Independencia, and "Don Bosco", in Kami, met last Saturday, 26 June, in the premises of the Salesian house in Independencia to coordinate their respective tasks given the unification of their programming - a process that began a few years ago, but which, due to factors beyond their control, has not yet been completed.

                                  The unification process fully restarted in mid-May when the Directors and operators of these two Salesian radios began to plan the unification of their programming to expand not only their analog signal, but also to enter decisively into digital broadcasting via the Internet and give life to what they will call "Red Salesiana Andina".

                                  To date, the two broadcasters already have joint programming and are conducting technical broadcasting tests that allow a stable signal both locally, in radio waves, and globally, through digital. Both radio stations, for this phase, can count on a young staff that highlights the energy, vitality and commitment of the Salesian charism.

                                  Kami's “Don Bosco” Radio was born in 1983 on the initiative of Fr Miguel Ángel Aimar, SDB, to be a tool for information, formation, entertainment, social change and strengthening of the mining cooperative system. It was inaugurated in August 1985, but for technical reasons, it began to broadcast a stable signal only in 1986. Currently its director is Salesian Fr Orlando Astorga.

                                  Radio "Domingo Savio" of Independencia began broadcasting on January 28, 1990. Born on the initiative of Fr Pasquale Cerchi, SDB, (1921 - 1999), it was further developed and promoted by the Salesian Brother Pacifico Feletti (1931 - 1995) with the goal of creating a greater link between the cantons and the communities in the area. Fr Julián Tayandi, SDB, is currently the radio's Director.

                                  The editorial offices of both Salesian broadcasters are permeated by an atmosphere of fraternity and recently of anxious expectation: in July, in fact, both stations will begin the joint transition tests within the new signal in what will become the “Red Salesiana Andina”.

                                  {gallery}BOL - Radio 2021{/gallery}

                                  • Bolivia
                                  • BOL BOLIVIA
                                  • Radio
                                  • Comunicazione Sociale
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Chile – “Llave de Fe” returns with season 2

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                                    Chile – “Llave de Fe” returns with season 2

                                    (ANS - Santiago) - Faced with the need to continue evangelizing young people through music on digital platforms, the Salesians in Chile are launching a second season of "Llave de Fe", the musical program that promotes musical talent and the testimony of the life of various Catholic artists, national and international, through mini-radio concerts.

                                    The first season's music and life experiences have won over many fans and followers. For this reason, with the intention of reaching a new audience, the Llave de Fe team has formed an alliance with "Radio Maria Chile", a Catholic radio with over 20 years of presence in the country.

                                    “This alliance with Radio Maria Chile is important for us as a Multimedia Center of the Salesians in Chile because we are generators of evangelization contents, and this agreement allows us to amplify this work we have done around Catholic music, bringing it to thousands of listeners nationwide who follow the broadcaster on frequency 89.3,” said Felipe Valdés, director of the Multimedia Center.

                                    For this new season, the program continues with its usual host and presenter, Alejandro "Jano" Manríquez, and includes a program of mini-concerts with renowned songwriters - such as Fran Correa, Debeny Espina, Tere Larrain ... - as well as a space for “new musicians”, designed to highlight young up-and-coming musicians who want to bring the Gospel in music and their experiences of faith to the whole believing community.

                                    "In the first season we had several nationally known exponents, who encouraged us to continue looking for other musical experiences and testimonies of faith that would motivate the entire community to continue evangelization on digital platforms," ​​said Pablo Chacon, producer of the program.

                                    The first episode of the second season will be broadcast on Thursday 8 July at 9:30 pm in Chile (UTC -4) on the Facebook page of the Salesians Chile and on Radio Maria Chile (89.3 FM), and will present the experience of Fran Correa, a Chilean singer-songwriter.

                                    “Our main expectation is that the people who listen to and watch this program will be able to draw closer to God through the songs and testimony of these Catholic artists. We want to open up and be a showcase for emerging Chilean and international musicians who are contributing to our Church through their work,” said Alejandro Manríquez. Llave de Fe maintains its objective of offering a digital space for reflection and encounter with God, under the general direction of Felipe Valdés, head of the Salesian multimedia studio "Caetera Tolle", and Vicente Fritz, Provincial Delegate for Communication Social.

                                    Further information, with the possibility of listening to the mini-concerts of the first season, is available on the website: https://llavedefe.cl/ 

                                    • Cile
                                    • CIL CILE
                                    • Musica
                                    • Arte e Cultura
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Namibia – St. John Bosco Parish has clean water access thanks to the Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative”

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                                      Namibia – St. John Bosco Parish has clean water access thanks to the Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative”

                                      (ANS – Rundu) – Youth attending the “St. John Bosco” Parish, which is part of the “Don Bosco Youth Center” in Rundu, Namibia, have access to clean, safe water through the installation of a new water tank thanks to donor funding from Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. The project, part of the Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative,” is impacting more than 7,300 people who are part of the church community.

                                      In Namibia, more than one quarter of the population lacks access to clean water and more than half lacks access to proper sanitation facilities. Inadequate water and sanitation are major causes of disease, reducing a community’s ability to thrive. Prior to the new water tank, the church had no running water or proper sanitation. As a result, no one could use the church facilities and often programs at the youth center were cancelled.

                                      Salesian missionaries now report that the water situation has improved, church services can start and they are compliant with COVID-19 requirements. Salesians are able to help prevent waterborne illness, and there are increased numbers of youth attending programs.

                                      “The water project at St. John Bosco Parish was met with great success,” said Father Louis Malama, project manager at Don Bosco Youth Center. “The new water tank has improved and provided sufficient clean and safe water for youth who come for various programs and church services. We are thankful to our donors and to Salesian Missions.”

                                      According to the World Bank, Namibia is just one of nine countries in Africa considered as upper middle income, but poverty is still prevalent with extreme wealth imbalances. Namibia’s poverty rate is 32 percent with an unemployment rate of 29.6 percent. Poverty in Namibia is acute in the northern regions of Kavango, Oshikoto, Zambezi, Kunene and Ohangwena, where upwards of one-third of the population lives in poverty. HIV prevalence in the country is 16.9 percent.

                                      Salesian programs across Namibia are primarily focused on education. Salesian primary and secondary education in the country helps youth prepare for later technical, vocational or university study. Other programs help to support poor youth and their families by meeting the basic needs of shelter, proper nutrition and medical care.

                                      Source: Salesian Missions

                                      • Namibia
                                      • ZMB ZAMBIA MALAWI ZIMBABWE NAMIBIA
                                      • Acqua
                                      • Procure Missionarie
                                        Gian Francesco Romano

                                        Cambodia – “Don Bosco Home” of Sihanoukville: a haven of hope for minors at risk

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                                        Cambodia – “Don Bosco Home” of Sihanoukville: a haven of hope for minors at risk

                                        (ANS - Sihanoukville) - In Cambodia, in Sihanoukville, a popular tourist destination overlooking the Gulf of Siam, a well-known seaside resort with crystal clear waters, hotels and casinos, the phenomenon of child exploitation is a plague that has many causes - extreme poverty, difficult context socio-economic, drug trafficking, widespread prostitution… - and too many faces; those of many boys and girls, especially "invisible" minors, children not registered in the civil registry and who are therefore the easiest prey for those who consider them only a commodity to be used as workforce, for sexual exploitation, or human trafficking.

                                        These minors end up falling victim to the exploiters; as they grow up they develop disorders and pathologies - such as anxiety attacks, low self-esteem, post-traumatic stress disorders - and then they easily approach drugs and adopt violent and anti-social behaviors.

                                        For these children and young people, the Salesian "Don Bosco Home" is a haven of hope. There, in fact, Bro. Roberto Panetto, an Italian Salesian brother who arrived as a missionary in Cambodia over 30 years ago, works tirelessly with one goal: to protect young people and children and combat child labor, prostitution, abandonment.

                                        The “Don Bosco Home”, the welcome house in Sihanoukville, is a place full of love, a safe place, a point of reference for the most vulnerable. Today it hosts 19 children, ranging from a few months to the age of 9. Children like Pisey, 6, born in Phnom Penh, taken to the Don Bosco Center at the age of two because her divorced parents were unable to take care of her and her brother; today her mother is in prison and she has no news of her father. Fortunately, there is a Salesian asylum to welcome her.

                                        Then there is Buth, a 4-year-old child, without brothers and sisters: his mother because of mental problems has never been able to take care of him, and today Buth is also followed by the Sons of Don Bosco - like so many other children whose families have been struck and overwhelmed by poverty or exploitation.

                                        In the “Don Bosco Home” the little ones play and take courses in art and music, while the older ones play sports, start learning to use computers, follow orientation activities.

                                        Away from dangers and rapacious hands, many minors at the “Don Bosco Home” can live a peaceful life in a house full of love and begin to build themselves in and for a dignified future.

                                        Further information is available on the website: www.missionidonbosco.org

                                        • Cambogia
                                        • THA THAILANDIA
                                        • Bambini di Strada
                                        • Missioni Don Bosco
                                          Gian Francesco Romano
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