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South Sudan – Gumbo IDP camp facing Covid-19 hazards

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South Sudan – Gumbo IDP camp facing Covid-19 hazards

(ANS - Gumbo) - According to the most updated official data, out of a total population of over 11 million people, over 10 thousand have undergone medical checks to detect the presence of Covid-19: 2,021 were positive; 38 died; 333 have healed; 1650 cases are still active. The challenge for the country is to avoid the ignition of outbreaks, which could have devastating consequences for the fragile local health system. A challenge that also involves the Salesian Family.

The presence of the Salesians in the youngest African state, South Sudan, is part of the Provincial Delegation of Sudan, which in turn belongs to the East Africa Province (AFE). There are five Salesian presences in the country - a sixth community has been suspended since 2016 after the civil unrest - for a total of 25 religious.

In Gumbo, the Salesians animate a parish, a technical-vocational training center, elementary and middle schools, a women's promotion center, a youth center, as well as a camp for internally displaced persons directly managed by the spiritual sons of Don Bosco, which welcomes 9,800 people (not counting very young children), who fled the violence of the 2013-2016 civil war.

“The biggest fear we have is that of a possible epidemic in the camp. As you can see in the photos, the tents are close: there is no room for social distancing,” report the Salesians active in Gumbo.

The level of education of the people welcomed in the camp is also on average low and this is another problem as it is difficult to convince them of the need for precautions.

“Controlling the masses for any type of distribution is very difficult,” continue the Salesians. “The camp is adjacent to several crowded local communities. And it is impossible to prevent the flow of people between the camp and these communities because there is no separation wall around the camp.”

Several years ago, the Sisters of Charity of Jesus opened a small medical dispensary inside the camp. It has ten beds, but no possibility of residential assistance, nor a test facility or respirators or other specialized equipment. "It seems that there are only four respirators in the whole country," added the Salesians.

In recent days, the archbishop of Juba, Msgr. Stephen Ameyu made an informal visit to the Salesian camp. Finally, the religious say: “He appreciated our awareness-raising efforts and our preventive measures, and encouraged people to follow our advice; then he blessed us and entrusted us to the protection of God. We need it!”

{gallery}SSudan - Campo Gumbo - 2020{/gallery}

  • Sudan del Sud
  • Coronavirus
  • Migranti
  • Rifugiati
  • AFE AFRICA EST
    Gian Francesco Romano

    Chile – "Key of Faith": new online program launched

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    (ANS - Santiago) - The first chapter of the series of mini-concerts and conversations program with Catholic musicians, "Llave de Fe" (Key of Faith), was broadcast yesterday, July 8, at 7pm on the Facebook page and the YouTube channel of the Salesians of Chile. This is a new proposal for millions of Catholics and, in a special way, for young people who want to listen to the voice of the singers and learn about their experiences of faith.

    Fernando Leiva, Pablo Cifuentes, Fer Toledo, the "Servicentro" group and Sister Susana Díaz (FMA), are just some of the Catholic musicians who will participate in this program. "Llave de Fe" will offer a mini-concert, performed by Catholic artists from their homes, and will be interspersed with a conversation with the musicians.

    The aim of the program is to promote the music and career of the main Chilean and international Catholic artists and groups, and to generate a space for reflection and meeting with the Lord.

    The program will be held online every Wednesday starting at 7pm local time (UTC-4).

    Alejandro Manríquez, journalist, program animator and member of "Cancão Nova", a group of the Salesian Family, expressed: "We know that music is a key that opens the door of the heart to get closer to God. And, above all, at this stage of confinement that we are experiencing, we hope to contribute with a message of hope and faith through songs and testimonies of life."

    The first episode was a success and was seen by thousands of people. To intervene, sing and speak with the public was Fer Toledo. Born in Havana, Cuba, from an early age he became interested in visual arts and music as a universal means of expression, then combining all this with his faith, after a gradual conversion derived from experiences lived in adolescence. He trained in the Salesian community dedicated to Mary Help of Christians, attracted by the youthful style and the depth of the Christian message brought into daily life and is a Salesian Cooperator.

    Answering questions, he said he currently lives in the city of Concepción, Chile, with his wife and two children and belongs to the Latin American network of Catholic artists "ARCA". He directs the multimedia production company: "El Gris producciones" and continues to work on projects that blend evangelization, music and the visual arts.

    The "Llave de Fe" project is a proposal that sees the Salesian Province of Chile as the promoter of the initiative, with Felipe Valdes as a member of the General Management and Vicente Fritz, Director of the Chilean Salesian Bulletin, as Content Director. It certainly represents a very valid initiative in times when the digital world is the only means in which people meet, relate to each other and tell stories that can become life models.

    • Cile
    • CIL CILE
    • Musica
    • Fede
    • Comunicazione Sociale
      Gian Francesco Romano

      Nicaragua – Salesians create interactive blogs to offer quality education and care of young people

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      Nicaragua – Salesians create interactive blogs to offer quality education and care of young people

      (ANS - Granada) - Covid-19 and the forced isolation of millions of people have transformed society in many ways, and the world of education has been no exception. “The pandemic has had a direct impact on the education systems of all the countries in the region, involving students, families, ministries, secretariats, schools, teachers and principals. The closure of schools in the context of actions to contain the spread of the virus has brought more than 165 million students out of school, from kindergarten to higher education,” explains a group of scholars from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

      In this situation, education and educators have had to reinvent themselves in order not to fail to convey their value and importance for the growth of society.

      And in Countries where there are no large budgets for education, the post-pandemic situation will be even more complicated, with repercussions especially for children and poor young people.

      Although many countries had not had a consolidated national strategy for distance education, and even less in the event of an emergency, they have made significant efforts according to their capabilities. Thus many Salesian works throughout the world have also reacted.

      The "San Juan Bosco" Salesian Institute of Granada, like other institutions across the world, has sought a number of alternatives to continue providing quality education to its students. Following Don Bosco the dreamer and looking upwards, aiming high, they have launched themselves courageously into the technological world, but before that they worked on training in everything that was necessary to provide an effective response to the emergency.

      After a long time spent with manuals and paper guides, with the desire to protect the recipients, especially the youngest ones, the use of "interactive blogs" was started using the Google for Education G-Suite tools, thus responding to the needs expressed by parents, offering young people an enriching experience, and finally reaching, with fluid but sure steps, the hoped for success.

      And what do these blogs contain? A wealth of audiovisual resources to make the teaching/learning process more dynamic and interactive. Many teachers, initially fearful, began recording their lessons, thus making an important qualitative leap, which reproduced the dynamics of the classroom, although, certainly, not in a perfectly corresponding form. The process was complex, because it required the education of the student and also of the parents, who now accompany and collaborate more closely in the learning process of their children.

      The Salesian Institute of Granada, committed as an educational community to accompanying young people in an integral form, works constantly to update itself and to provide the necessary tools for the service of educational quality, following Don Bosco's desire to educate humanly and spiritually as “good Christians and upright citizens” to build a fairer and more just society.

      • Nicaragua
      • CAM CENTRO AMERICA
      • Educazione
      • Coronavirus
        Gian Francesco Romano

        Italy – "Friends of Don Bosco Committee" in support of Salesian oratory of Caserta

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        (ANS - Caserta) - Creativity, co-responsibility between religious and lay people, solidarity between different generations: often in imagining an "outgoing Church", that knows how to turn authoritatively to the individuals of the 21st century, an appeal is made to foster these characteristics. In Caserta it seems that these appeals have not fallen on deaf ears: a clear example took place on the evening of Sunday 5 July, when the press conference to present the nascent "Friends of Don Bosco Committee" was held in the amphitheater of the Salesian Institute "Sacred Heart of Mary".

        The Committee was born not on the initiative of the Salesians, but of the laity, especially of the parents of the children who attend the Salesian center. The aim of the committee is to find new ways, new spaces and collaborations with local bodies to ensure that the Salesian charism, present in the Caserta for over 120 years, can continue to operate its educational, pastoral and social mission.

        The press conference event showed already at first glance exemplary coordination and a significant family spirit, with the adults gathered in the Amphitheater and the youngest ones in the courtyard next door, engaged in the activities of the Children's Summer Camp 2020, Estate Ragazzi. Many people were present, all wearing anti-Covid-19 masks.

        Among the prominent figures attending were the mayor of Caserta Carlo Marino, a former Oratorian; the local representatives of the "Italian Red Cross", in addition to the representatives of the various sectors of the Salesian Family, including the Director of the Institute, Fr Gino Martucci; the Director of the oratory, Fr Giancarlo D'Ercole; the local coordinator of the Salesian Cooperators, Federica Liguori; and the President of the Past Pupils Union of Don Bosco, Alfonso Voccia.

        "The Committee must be a transversal structure so that the oratory remains the centerpiece of a Salesian house and everyone, in our different roles, must marry this cause!", said the President of the Friends of Don Bosco Committee, Mauro Giaquinto.

        “The Salesian community is a piece of our city, of the history and culture of our city. Many young people, including me, have had the opportunity to build their own life path in this house which must continue to be the home of children, education, sociability, creativity and skills," said the Mayor of Caserta.

        For his part, Fr Martucci, who wished to send a message to all citizens of Caserta, said: “The world of young people is the present and at the same time the future. We cannot miss the appointment with History ... We have a history of more than one hundred years on our shoulders that forces us to continue dreaming as Don Bosco and his successors did. This History empowers us and projects us forward in order to respond to the educational needs of the city."

        • Italia
        • IME ITALIA MERIDIONALE
        • Oratorio
          Gian Francesco Romano

          RMG – The Poster of 2020 Salesian Family Holiness

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          RMG – The Poster of 2020 Salesian Family Holiness

          (ANS - Rome) - The Salesian Postulation concerns 173 saints (9), blessed (118), venerable (17), servants of God (29). The causes followed directly by the Postulation are 55. Furthermore, the Postulation also accompanies the Causes of the Venerable Camillo Costa de Beauregard, priest of the diocese of Chambery (France); Casimiro Barello Morello, Franciscan tertiary, pilgrim between Italy and Spain; Augusto Bertazzoni, archbishop of Potenza; and the Servant of God Felice Canelli, priest of the diocese of San Severo and Salesian Cooperator.

          “It is necessary to express deep gratitude and praise to God for the holiness already recognized in the Salesian Family of Don Bosco and for the one being recognized. The outcome of a Cause for Beatification and Canonization is an event of extraordinary ecclesial relevance and value. In fact, it is a matter of discerning the reputation of holiness of a baptized person, who lived the evangelical beatitudes in a heroic degree, or who gave his life for Christ. From Don Bosco up to the present day we recognize a tradition of holiness that deserves attention, because it is the embodiment of the charism that originated from him and which expressed itself in a plurality of states of life. These are men and women, youths and adults, consecrated and lay people, bishops and missionaries who in historical, cultural, social contexts different in time and space have made the Salesian charism shine with singular light, representing a heritage that plays an effective role in the life and in the community of believers and for men of goodwill,” says Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General.

          The Causes launched in 2019 and 2020 concerning the Servants of God deserve to be mentioned: Fr Luigi Bolla (1932-2013) a Salesian missionary among the indigenous peoples of Ecuador and Peru; Fr Silvio Galli (1927-2012), Salesian priest witness of Christ's compassion for the marginalized, the poor; Vera Grita (1923-1969) Salesian Cooperator, recipient of the Work of Living Tabernacles; Mother Rosetta Marchese (1922-1984) Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, superior general, witness of fertile motherhood in the mysterious dynamism of suffering; Msgr Giuseppe Cognata (1885-1972), Salesian bishop of Bova and founder of the Salesian Oblates of the Sacred Heart, generous companion of Christ the Redeemer in trial and humiliation.

          They highlight what the Catechism of the Catholic Church describes when speaking of Christian holiness: "Spiritual progress tends towards ever more intimate union with Christ. This union is called 'mystic', because it participates in the mystery of Christ through the sacraments - 'the holy mysteries' - and, in Him, in the mystery of the Holy Trinity. God calls everyone to this intimate union with Him, even if only a few are granted special graces or extraordinary signs of this mystical life, in order to make manifest the free gift made to all"(n. 2014).

          Special thanks to Mr. Andrea Cugini of the Salesian Graphic School in Milan, for having conceived and created the poster.

          You can download the poster in .jpg and .pdf format simply by clicking on the corresponding entries at the bottom of the page.

          Jesus Jurado

          Spain – Virtual awarding of diplomas closes atypical school year for hundreds of students

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          Spain – Virtual awarding of diplomas closes atypical school year for hundreds of students

          (ANS - Zaragoza) - “A stage that ends with a historic event. It will be a different generation, it is already a different generation: daring, ingenious, ... But above all courageous, you are making Don Bosco's motto your own: 'Forward, always forward'." Thus began the greeting video that the Salesian Institute of Zaragoza gave to the pupils who reached the end of their secondary school education.

          The video: "Donde el corazón te lleve" (Where your heart brings you) directly appeals to that need to be close even at a distance, expresses that wanting to keep connections, even online, and sharing resources between teachers and students even in a cloistered condition.

          In June tradition normally calls for the theaters and courtyards of the Salesian schools to be full of celebrations for awarding diplomas to thousands of students graduating from secondary school. In their best clothes they would have attended an event especially prepared for them and the occasion. And they would have said goodbye, in person, to a unique stage in their life with recognition, with affection, with a "see you soon", because "this will continue to be your home."

          This June 2020, however, tor the thousands of students in the educative cycles who said goodbye to their classrooms there were, instead, numerous videos and messages going online, filling the net.

          “The diploma does not have much to do with a banquet or a formal act: it is the sign that this Salesian house has left on each of you, that is the real diploma. Graduates in human values, for believers in Christian values, and for all, without exception, graduates in Salesian style, that unique and unmistakable style that focuses on sympathy, familiarity, closeness ... ", thus they state in the video of the Salesian institute "Lora Tamayo" of Jérez de la Frontera.

          In La Almunia, the graduation ceremony was due to take place on 22 May. While in Algeciras, it was April 24th, the date of the Eucharist of thanksgiving. “You have made a treasure of the past three months with the best teachings. Many of you have shown that you are strong, able to face any difficulty and above all to adapt. It is you who have given us a masterful lesson this year during all this time," they were told in return.

          "Un camino inolvidable" (An unforgottable journey) - tells the year of the students of the Salesians of Villena. Ten minutes of images to condense a fundamental part of their life: the message is a message of gratitude, but also of nostalgia for everything that has been lost in recent months.

          Yet, not even Covid-19 has managed to dampen the enthusiasm of teachers and students who today close a fundamental stage in their lives via videos and messages published on social networks, but who are only waiting for a new moment in which they can meet again.

          • Spagna
          • Diplomi
          • Studenti
          • Coronavirus
            Jesus Jurado

            RMG – The ministry of the Salesian Rector: a compass for the community

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            RMG – The ministry of the Salesian Rector: a compass for the community

            (ANS - Rome) – "Animating and governing the community - The ministry of the Salesian Rector" as a compass for the communities. Thus Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, defines the new document, which, with the additions received during the GC28, has reached its definitive edition, 34 years after the previous Salesian Rector's Manual.

            The video interview conducted by the young post-novice Ignazio Coniglio with the Rector Major and Fr Ivo Coelho, Councilor for Formation, helps us to better understand this gift, which Fr Á.F. Artime has promised to offer to every Salesian.

            It is, in fact, the process of ongoing formation to which all communities are invited, especially in this first year after the Chapter.

            Among the questions that Ignatius asks, there is also this: "Can we offer an instrument that is good for everyone, considering the variety and diversity present in our Congregation?"

            The Rector Major replies:

            "I say yes. Not to do the same, all the same things at the same times in our complex and very large Salesian world. But yes, to know what is the direction to follow. At the center are the Constitutions and Regulations. As for this instrument, it seems to me like a compass. The compass in the sea – and I'm saying so as a son of a sailor – the compass is the instrument that tells you what is the good direction to follow in order to reach back home to enter the safe harbour.

            It is different from a GPS. The GPS, as Pope Francis says, is an instrument that does not serve as a reference for life. In life, we ​​did not know what we will find before us day after day, moment by moment.

            And it is the reason why as a community, rector and confreres, we must first of all live with a deep sense of faith; then seek a great communion among ourselves; at the same time, accept that there is always a brother among the brothers in the community who does the service of guidance, of mediation, who accompanies us in discerning."

            In addition to the introductory video, available on YouTube in the Italian original version and in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese versions, other materials have been sent to all communities to facilitate its reading and sharing among the confreres.

            Subsequent videos and materials will be sent again at an interval of about 3 months, to gradually introduce the reading and analysis of each of the three parts of the text:

            1. The Salesian consecrated identity.

            2. The director in the Salesian religious community.

            3. The director and the shared Salesian mission.

            HYPERLINK to the package of links to: [1] video interview with the Rector Major and Don Ivo Coelho, [2] text of the video, [3] power point  presentation of the document, [4] handout  for community sharing and other animation materials related to the presentation of " Animating and governing the community The ministry of the Salesian Rector".

            • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
            • Formazione
            • Rettor Maggiore
            • Ángel Fernández Artime
            • Direttori
              Gian Francesco Romano

              India – Don Bosco Network-South Asia COVID-19 Solidarity Relief Sustains 1.59 million people

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              India – Don Bosco Network-South Asia COVID-19 Solidarity Relief Sustains 1.59 million people

              (ANS – New Delhi) – India has 220,114 active cases of COVID-19 and 17,400 deaths as of 1 July 2020 (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GOI). News flashes and ambulance sirens cause stress levels to rise. Few states in the country continue to impose lockdowns to control the escalating cases of infection, while most others have lifted restrictions.

              Though people can now come out into public and are free to move around, things are no longer the same. Livelihoods have vanished for a huge population of daily wagers across the country, affecting their very survival. For most middle-class people, incomes have been affected. Regular commodities are more expensive and petrol prices soaring.

              In the midst of this very volatile situation, the Don Bosco Network through its 11 Don Bosco planning and development partners (PDOs) across various states, geographies, cultures and economies, is keeping its ear to the ground, listening carefully to conversations for indications coming from the people. To be effectively helpful in the current context, we require to understand and formulate responses to various situations. The Don Bosco Network across India is doing just that.

              The Don Bosco response to COVID-19 has been coordinated from the beginning, with regular meetings and updates. According to the situation, the team is still reaching out in some states with emergency relief (as of 29 June), relieving more than 1.59 million people from hunger through the distribution of grocery kits, cooked food, and other eatables. It has helped 595,243 people with face masks and other sanitary and protective items and has supported 1,969 families through cash for work or cash transfers.

              In view of the facing the challenges in the new normal life with COVID-19, the Don Bosco Network held an online meeting on 29 June 2020.  The following are the possible identified strategies:

              •        Immediate support for staff salaries in Don Bosco schools, technical training centres and other institutions to compensate for the continued loss of income of student fees. A possible workaround is student scholarships enabling them to pay fees where governments allow fee collection. The PDOs are on the job of collecting data for Bosconet to ascertain the school fee support required for rural schools across provinces.

              •        Develop networks for new unemployed graduates and involve them in tuitions or neighbourhood classes for students in their localities so that they can earn some income.

              •        Initiate cash-for-work concepts in the various provinces as has been successfully piloted in Chennai and Trichy provinces.

              •        Develop agro-based projects for local community or neighbourhood development as they are highly useful especially during lockdowns. Help people access agricultural supplies such as seeds and manure, as well as procure soft loans to encourage initiative.

              •        Survey the situation of migrants returning to cities despite rising COVID-19 infections because of joblessness in their native places. Identify whether they need job placements or skill training to be reemployed in the new COVID-19 situation.

              •        Lobby with governments on implementing the Interstate Migrant Workmen Act in every state to ensure the full-fledged function of migrant desks in every state.

              •        Strategic Planning and capacity building of PDOs as per guidelines given the PDO document published in April 2018 at Nairobi.

              The Don Bosco Network is initiating these strategies to begin the rehabilitative process for marginalised people across the country, while it continues to explore appropriate and viable solutions to the complicated COVID-19 situation, especially in areas of education, healthcare and livelihoods.

              Cheryl Bartholomeusz

              Bosconet – DB Network – South Asia

              • India
              • Coronavirus
              • Solidarietà
                Gian Francesco Romano

                India – Radio Salesian Darjeeling to Partner UNICEF Sponsored 'Mission Corona' in Nepali

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                India – Radio Salesian Darjeeling to Partner UNICEF Sponsored 'Mission Corona' in Nepali

                (ANS – Darjeeling) – Darjeeling Radio Salesian (90.8) - The Voice of the Hills - based out of Salesian College Sonada, has been selected as a partner in raising awareness about COVID-19 in a national project sponsored by UNICEF.

                Titled “Mission Corona”, the five-month initiative will feature a 25-minute weekly programme in Nepali language that will focus on issues related to the usage of masks, home quarantine, physical distancing, building the immune system, and elderly care, among others.

                “During this unprecedented public health emergency, as community radio, we can inform and educate people on the impending danger of the pandemic through ‘Mission Corona,’” says station director, Father C.M. Paul.

                With a transmitter that caters to a radius of over 15 kilometers across tea plantations around the college, the listeners are mostly based in Kurseong, Sonada, entire Balasun Valley, and bordering towns of Nepal like Pashupati, Illam, Kakrabitta and Birtamore.

                Radio Salesian is also available 24/7 on web radio worldwide through the App “Listen2MyRadio”.

                Radio Salesian, established in 2016, broadcasts 12 hours daily (8 am to 8 pm) and was named as a partner in Mission Corona by the Community Radio Association, New Delhi.

                Radio Salesian is the first college-based community radio in North Bengal and the entire northeast India. It is also the only Nepali language broadcasting community radio in India.

                UNICEF has been reaching out to public service broadcasters globally, through community radio stations, with each partner allowed to tailor the topics according to local requirements, on COVID-19 prevention.

                Five local radio journalists are part of the production team, led by Program Coordinator RJ Samir.

                “Besides the scheduled Covid-19 programs, from 1st of July we are hosting four hours of live show to reach out to local people in real time and educate them on scientific viewpoints on myths about diseases, and also create awareness on preventive measures,” says RJ Samir.

                Radio Salesian programming will also look at nutrition and hygiene aspects as well as a poster campaign through social media.

                RJ Smriti

                Source: Don Bosco India

                • India
                • INC INDIA CALCUTTA
                • Radio
                • Coronavirus
                • Solidarietà
                  Gian Francesco Romano

                  El Salvador – "Fundación Salvador del Mundo" (FUSALMO) committed to digital educational innovation of children and young people

                  1 month ago

                  (ANS - Soyapango) - The "Fundación Salvador del Mundo" (FUSALMO) launched its educational platform "TRANSFORMA" as homage to the great work of the teachers of El Salvador. FUSALMO is a Salvadoran organization founded in 2001 that, through integral educational processes, develops flexible programs and projects that meet the needs of children, adolescents and young people through the Salesian youth centers in San Miguel, Santa Ana and Soyapango.

                  Precisely because FUSALMO works with active groups of children and young people, it has proposed the educational platform "TRANSFORMA", which is available to both students and teachers. "'TRANSFORMA' is a meeting place for the educational community, where coexistence and education go hand in hand, together with technological and emotional experiences, accessible and innovative," say its directors.

                  Through the online platform "Transforma" it is possible to find different experiences to learn in a dynamic and fun way.

                  It should be noted that this digital experience - https://transforma.fusalmo.org/ - is placed in a web 2.0 where interaction with the participants is fundamental and where the contribution of each is a starting point for development and growth. One of the fundamental pages of this network is the "Virtual Courtyard" where the participant has Don Bosco's phrase as their starting point: "Joy, study and piety: it is the best program to make you happy and that will benefit your soul." This page offers participants many resources, such as games, educational advice, assignments and tasks to be done ... But this section also opens up an interesting panorama of formation and virtual learning in the field of graphics, cooking, music, creative recycling ...

                  The platform, fully adaptable to mobile devices, was born thanks to "FUSALMO Virtual", the initiative created to meet the educational needs of Salvadoran children and young people, a place where innovative quality technological experiences are created, attentive to the needs of today's young people.

                  The proposal of "FUSALMO Virtual" is to offer focused courses for Salvadoran children and young people with components of: Technology, Art, Sport, Youth Protagonism and Accompaniment. Within the platform, users can also find courses for "Bank Teller, and English for Call Centers" in the context of Social and Work Management.

                  And work is still being done to open new spaces for educational institutions that require a virtual space and an academic reinforcement and tutoring program for their students.

                  Access to the "TRANSFORMA" courses is completely free and is available to all users who wish to become part of it, regardless of the study center of origin, be it private or public.

                  It is expected that around 3,000 children, adolescents and young people in their educational development will benefit, in a virtual way, from this service: https://transforma.fusalmo.org/ 

                  • El Salvador
                  • CAM CENTRO AMERICA
                  • Educazione
                  • Comunicazione Sociale
                    Gian Francesco Romano

                    Papua New Guinea – 40 years of Salesian mission: "Honoring the past, celebrating the present, imagining the future"

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                    (ANS - Port Moresby) - In June 1980 the first Salesian missionaries landed in Papua New Guinea. To celebrate this event's 40th anniversary, several celebrations were held last month throughout the territory of the "Blessed Philip Rinaldi" Vice Province of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

                    On 13 June, animated by the motto "Honoring the past, celebrating the present, imagining the future", a solemn Eucharist was presided over by the Bishop of Kerema, the Salesian Msgr. Peter Baquero. During the homily, the prelate urged the Salesians "to recognize the presence of God in Araimiri and, above all, to follow Don Bosco's teachings in all pastoral, social and educational activities."

                    The Covid-19 pandemic limited the preparations and the number of participants in the celebration, but "we wanted to give thanks to the Lord, with joy and gratitude, for the gift, dedication and commitment of these four decades of Salesian presence to Araimiri," explained Fr Dominic Kachira, SDB, Vicar of the Vice Province.

                    Among those present were several Salesians, from the Philippines also, from where the first missionaries came; also present, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, members of other Congregations, lay people of the Salesian Family, Past Pupils, students and friends of the Salesian work.

                    The first "missionary pioneers" 40 years ago were Fr Valeriano Barbero, Fr Rolando Fernández and coadjutor brother Joseph Kramar. In a recorded message sent for the occasion, Fr Barbero wished to recall that "each Salesian must not feel foreign but 'one' with the people," that is, he must cultivate a unity of human, cultural, spiritual and pastoral intent.

                    The community of the "Don Bosco" secondary school in Kokopo also celebrated the anniversary: ​​on June 5, the entire student body attended a commemoration of the first arrival of the Salesians in the country. A song was sung, then passages from Fr Barbero's diary were read, while vintage photos were projected on screen: the malaria, the place of mission, the struggles and the difficulties encountered by the first Salesians were narrated and exhibited to the students. The celebration also provided an opportunity to celebrate the institute's 30th anniversary, the teachers with the most seniority of service and the students who won the school competitions.

                    The PGS Vice Province officially began just 4 years ago, on July 7, 2016. With less than 50 Salesians, from 16 countries, it is among the youngest, but also most flourishing, realities of the Congregation.

                    "Patience and zeal" were, in short, the secret of the Salesian flowering in Melanesia. "As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the arrival of the first Salesians, we remember with gratitude all the Salesians who came from different parts of the world to work with us," says today the Salesian Sylvester Kuli, a young vocation from Papua New Guinea, currently in formation in Jerusalem.

                    {gallery}Papua NG - 40 anni 2020{/gallery}

                    • PGS PAPUA NUOVA GUINEA E ISOLE SALOMONE
                    • Papua Nuova Guinea
                    • Anniversari
                    • Missioni
                      Gian Francesco Romano

                      RMG – Proposals for the study of “Animating and governing the community - The ministry of the Salesian Rector”

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                      RMG – Proposals for the study of “Animating and governing the community - The ministry of the Salesian Rector”

                      (ANS – Rome) – Fr. Ivo Coelho, General Councilor for Formation presents in a short 3-minute video the animation material offered to the Salesian communities and all confreres, to accompany the reading and community sharing on the "Animating and governing of the community - The ministry of the Salesian Rector”.

                      The text is now available in the 6 main languages used in the Congregation. As Fr. Ivo says in the video, "It is the fruit of the journey together of the 7 regions, of the many groups of rectors and confreres, of the two international seminars and of a patient and shared birthing of the final text."

                      Approved by the Rector Major and his Council in April 2019, the document was presented to the members of General Chapter 28 in the various languages and already in its final typographical form. Some modifications and additions done during the work of the Chapter have been integrated in the final edition.

                      Meanwhile, the printing of the text has started according to the number of copies requested by the provincials even though there is a slowing down due to the pandemic. Online subsidies are offered to facilitate the use of this new tool for the ongoing formation of communities during this first year after the Chapter.

                      Fr. Ivo continues: "There will be a video interview with the Rector Major presenting the whole process of coming up with the text. And then three introductory videos for each of the three parts of the text, together with PowerPoint presentations, notes and other materials. We will have four units of material that can help in the reading and sharing in the community. We will send the materials slowly, each unit at an interval of about three months apart from each other".

                      Referring to what the Rector Major says in the introduction, Fr. Ivo insists that it is a gift and at the same time a proposal of a path for every confrere, and not just for the rectors.

                      "This text is just the starting point. What matters, dear confreres, is what happens from here on, house by house, for everyone, for each confrere in the Congregation. ... It is the path of growth that we want to make together, thanks to this instrument."

                      The third part above all, entitled "The Rector and the Shared Salesian Mission", concerns the entire educative pastoral community, where the Rector and the confreres are at the side of the members of other groups of the Salesian Family and many other people who share in the mission of Don Bosco in different ways.

                      This text opens on a very wide horizon; it encourages and directs orients our presence in the Church, in the locality, among the people of so many different cultures and also religious traditions, where the Salesian communities in the world are present today.

                      At the following link, you can access the video in English version: https://youtu.be/ddMcQC0UnZ8 

                      • RMG CASA GENERALIZIA
                      • Formazione
                      • Video
                      • Ivo Coelho
                      • Ángel Fernández Artime
                      • Rettor Maggiore
                      • Direttori
                        Gian Francesco Romano

                        Sierra Leone – Salesian work in prisons: a new beginning amid Coronavirus and after a revolt

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                        Sierra Leone – Salesian work in prisons: a new beginning amid Coronavirus and after a revolt

                        (ANS - Freetown) - Pademba Prison in Freetown was built in 1937 to house 300 prisoners. Since then, nothing has changed in its facilities, except for the fact that it now hosts 2,000 prisoners crammed into unhygienic cells. The Salesians are the only institution that works with detainees, even today, when fear for Covid-19 led to a riot that ended in unrest, fires, and deaths among the detainees.

                        On 29 April, 237 prisoners were scheduled for release for minor offenses. A few days before that, however, the first case of coronavirus inside the prison had been confirmed and visits thus prohibited. Prisoners were also forbidden to leave the cells as a preventive measure, but they interpreted it as another humiliation.

                        Pademba prison, without security cameras and with a fivefold number of prisoners compared to its capacity, experienced a bloody revolt that day. In the morning several inmates reached the internal clinic and set fire to it. They then circumvented the guards, opened all sections and burned the kitchen, pharmacy, document registry, and all the workshops.

                        "In the chapel, there was some damage and in the Don Bosco room, where 225 of them receive an extra meal every week and there is a computer room and a library, everything was destroyed," said Salesian missionary Fr Jorge Crisafulli. Huge material damage, fires, many injuries and deaths were the toll of the revolt.

                        Some of the beneficiaries of the Salesian initiatives helped the guards to climb the walls to save their lives. The police and army opened fire indiscriminately. The revolt was suppressed within four hours and the prisoners locked up in their cells. For three days they received no food or water and were tortured to locate the fomenters. Some, without medical treatment, died in the following days.

                        The Salesian team working in the prison managed to enter to assess the damage and the situation of the prisoners the next day. The Salesians' commitment to the authorities was to start feeding all the prisoners - currently 1,421 - to carry out medical visits and take care of them.

                        Meanwhile, Coronavirus has progressed in prison, reaching 19 positive cases. Fifteen of them have already recovered and four are still confined. "We brought beds and rehabilitated an area to isolate it as a hospital," assures Fr Crisafulli.

                        The Salesians give each prisoner a bag containing a paste called gari, powdered milk, vegetables, fruit, sugar and water. "Gradually they let them out of the cells and they also bought buckets of water for their cleaning," said the Salesian.

                        Fr Crisafulli, together with the whole team of Don Bosco Fambul, concludes by stating that "the prisoners trust Don Bosco."

                        {gallery}Sierra Leone - Incendio carcere 2020{/gallery}

                        • Sierra Leone
                        • Don Bosco Fambul
                        • Carceri
                        • Disastri e Calamità Naturali
                          Gian Francesco Romano

                          Myanmar – Include migrants, refugees, displaced in response to Covid-19 crisis. Appeal of Cardinal Bo, SDB

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                          Myanmar – Include migrants, refugees, displaced in response to Covid-19 crisis. Appeal of Cardinal Bo, SDB

                          (ANS - Yangon) - "If humanity is divided, the pandemic crisis cannot be overcome. If no one is left out, it is possible to heal a planet. For the good of all, let's take care of the refugees. If people continue to be forced to abandon their homes, we will remain a world in crisis." With this heartfelt but lucid analysis, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Salesian, archbishop of Yangon and President of the Federation of Bishops' Conferences of Asia (FABC), made an appeal to the international community so that the crisis generated by Covid-19 be not heaved with all its painful weight on the shoulders of the weakest, who are migrants, refugees and displaced persons; rather, it must become an opportunity to build a more supportive world.

                          Migrants, refugees and internally displaced people in Myanmar and throughout Asia face increasingly difficult situations: "They are often on the run, live in overcrowded places and with inadequate health care," wrote the prelate in a letter released at the end of June.

                          Conflicts remain the main cause of forced migration in Asia, then focusing on his own country, Myanmar, where "war, inter-ethnic tensions, political choices cause the displacement of thousands of people who are now starving to death in the north of the state of Rakhine and in other states like Chin," the Cardinal launched an appeal, hoping that "any conflict that causes suffering for people will be resolved through dialogue and a constructive search for peace."

                          Referring to the Burmese context and to the entire continent, he added: "Priority must be given to the recognized principles of international law, proper to civilized countries as regards the protection of displaced persons," recalling that "migrants and internally displaced persons in Asia must not face discrimination caused by the crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic (...). There is an urgent need to include the needs of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons in all response policies to Covid-19, from relief to economic aid for survival."

                          "To end the health crisis, alleviate hunger and poverty induced by the pandemic and to prevent the eradication of people as refugees and displaced persons," he noted, "we must face the real causes of conflicts, stop military offensives and allow displaced people to return to their villages," said the Cardinal.

                          Finally, the Salesian cardinal issued a heartfelt warning to Asian political and religious authorities, so that they "pay particular attention to the difficult situation of undocumented migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, and to help them with all the support they need."

                          Source: Agenzia Fides

                          • Myanmar
                          • MYM MYANMAR
                          • Migranti
                          • Rifugiati
                          • Coronavirus
                          • Cardinali
                          • Charles Maung Bo
                            Gian Francesco Romano

                            Argentina – Monsignor Ronchino "inspired us to be better": he was bishop of Comodoro Rivadavia for over 10 years

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                            (ANS - Cordoba) - The Salesian priest Pedro Luis Ronchino was bishop of Comodoro Rivadavia for more than 10 years. He died on 30 June 2020 in Casa Zatti, Cordoba. Monsignor Pedro Ronchino was born in Rosario (Santa Fe) on June 18, 1928. At the age of 92, after 75 years of Salesian religious profession and 65 years of priesthood, he died peacefully in the hands of God on June 30, 2020.

                            Son of Italian immigrants (Antonio Ronchino and Rosa Scapini), he approached the Salesian work for the first time at the Collegio San Giuseppe di Rosario, on April 1, 1937.

                            On 31 January 1945, the young Pedro Ronchino made his first profession in the Salesian Congregation. Between 1944 and 1948 he experienced the post-novitiate stage, first in Fortín Mercedes and then in Colonia Vignaud. He remained in this same house during his internship until 1951.

                            He made his perpetual profession in the Salesian House of "La Trinidad" in Ferré (Buenos Aires) on January 30, 1951.

                            Between 1951 and 1954 he attended the theological studentate Clemente Villada in Cordoba. He was ordained a priest on August 1, 1954, also in Cordoba, by Monsignor Castellano. In the same year, he began his specialization in Philosophy at the Pontifical Salesian University "Rebaudengo" in Turin until December 1957. There he received the title of doctor of philosophy.

                            He returned to Argentina in 1958 and in February 1966 he became director of the theological studentate Villada and, two years later, of the post-novitiate Michele Rua. In August 1968 he was called to serve as director of the Pontifical Salesian University of Rome and in 1975 he returned to Argentina again.

                            From 5 July 1975 to 12 September 1992, his new mission field was the city of Comodoro Rivadavia, as Vicar General of the Diocese, accompanying Monsignor Argimiro Daniel Moure, also a Salesian and third bishop of that city. After the death of Monsignor Moure, Fr Pedro Ronchino was appointed diocesan administrator (1992-1993) until he was appointed Bishop of Comodoro Rivadavia on January 30, 1993, by John Paul II.

                            Monsignor Ronchino took possession of the see on 19 March 1993 and resigned due to his age on February 19, 2005. His episcopal motto was: "O Maria, Madre mia": a faithful reflection of his life, totally donated to Our Lady.

                            Since May 2005 he lived in his beloved San Giuseppe, Rosario, faithfully and courageously serving, with the heart of a shepherd, all those who came to the parish of Mary Help of Christians.

                            Over the years, the health of Monsignor Pedro Ronchino deteriorated with significant neurological damage. This led to the decision to transfer him to the provincial infirmary of Casa Zatti in Cordoba, where he arrived in 2016.

                            • Argentina
                            • Vescovi
                            • Decessi
                              Gian Francesco Romano

                              Madagascar – Amid pandemic and hunger, the answer is in solidarity

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                              Madagascar – Amid pandemic and hunger, the answer is in solidarity

                              (ANS - Ivato) - Madagascar boasts a natural heritage that is unique on planet Earth, due to its variety of plants and animals. Unfortunately, it is also one of the world's five poorest countries, where many families survive with a maximum of € 4 per day and only if they find some temporary jobs. In some of these families there is also the problem of alcoholism, which is also widespread among women. And the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting a country already suffering from dengue and malaria. Faced with such a scenario, the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco have not lost heart and have relaunched their initiatives.

                              The Salesian mission "Maison Don Bosco" is located in Ivato, at 1,300 meters above sea level, on the central plateau and on the outskirts of the capital Antananarivo. The area has about 28,000 inhabitants: in addition to being the "dormitory" of those who work in the capital, there are families who live making ends meet with small jobs (laundry on behalf of wealthy families, car washing, loading and unloading of goods at the market ...).

                              The specific problems concern the lack of public social action and support and education interventions for these poor families. Families who during the lockdown, despite the small help received from the authorities, have seen their socio-economic situation worsen, given that the restrictions imposed have limited displacements and albeit small chances of earning.

                              The Salesian community has seriously committed itself to helping poor and disadvantaged families, supporting them with donations of food, medicines or building small houses. But it is still not enough.

                              Currently the Salesian Mission Office "Missioni Don Bosco" of Turin is supporting the local Salesians with a project that involves the distribution of rice, beans, soap and oil twice a week. The aim is to guarantee the minimum necessary for families in difficulty, considering also that most of the families they help are "single parents", that is, single mothers with their children, who live in hovels or makeshift shelters.

                              The direct beneficiaries of the project are 70 families and a foster-family home with around 25 children. About 500 people will receive concrete help (310 children and women, 190 boys and men).

                              But the local Salesians are well aware that even more people will benefit from it: because the poor people they help, often with little education and fewer opportunities, however, usually share the little they have in a spirit of solidarity.

                              For more information, visit: www.missionidonbosco.org 

                              • Madagascar
                              • MDG MADAGASCAR
                              • Missioni
                              • Solidarietà
                              • Fame
                              • Povertà
                              • Missioni Don Bosco
                              • Coronavirus
                                Gian Francesco Romano

                                Honduras – Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga celebrates 50 years of priesthood

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                                Honduras – Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga celebrates 50 years of priesthood

                                (ANS - Tegucigalpa) - Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB, celebrated his 50 years of priesthood last Sunday, June 28, with a Mass behind closed doors in the minor Basilica of Suyapa. During the Eucharist, the Cardinal expressed what the priestly ministry consists of and asked the faithful to walk the path of generosity, to work in the service of others, to be in solidarity, to fight for justice and to be faithful to the will of God.

                                In the homily, taking inspiration from the Sunday Gospel, the Salesian cardinal said: "Today we are aware of the difficulty of speaking of the cross in a society that has made personal success its most precious idol and taking the cross will lead us to identify with Jesus, to have a single claim, that of loving as He loved."

                                At the same time, he blamed the living simply to possess and accumulate, because Jesus calls to donation, to solidarity, to the donation of one's life, to live a true love: and this is precisely the meaning of the priestly ministry within the Catholic Church, he observed.

                                "The kingdom that Jesus announces symbolizes the deepest desires of our heart, universal values, peace, justice, love, forgiveness, mercy and hope; this is the priesthood of Christ," he said.

                                Then he added that the appointment as bishop, according to the Gospel, does not mean becoming an important person, according to the criteria of the world; rather, it requires renouncing the ambition of power, of possessing, of recognition, and opting instead for Jesus and for the values ​​He embodies.

                                The Salesian cardinal also recalled that day 50 years earlier, when in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Guatemala he was ordained, together with five companions, three Salesians and two from the Congregation of the Mission. Two of his companions of the time are now already in the Father's House, Fr Settimo Rossoni, SDB, who served in the "San Miguel" Institute and died a year ago, and Fr Vicente Ramos, a Spanish Salesian who died a few years ago in his homeland.

                                Continuing, he expressed thanks for the great good that, in these 50 years, he has received from many families, from so many brothers and sisters, who have welcomed Christ in the person of his humble minister.

                                "I want to thank all the living and the dead who have helped me so much in my life, starting with my parents Andrés and Rachel, and many spiritual mothers and fathers, many Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and religious of other communities who received the Lord Jesus from this humble priest," he said.

                                Lastly, he also thanked Pope Francis for his affection and his pastoral closeness and all those who accompanied him on this long journey and, like the Pontiff, asked for prayers for himself to be able to continue on this path until the Lord decides to call him to eternal Easter.

                                Source: Proceso Digital

                                • Honduras
                                • Cardinali
                                • Vescovi
                                • Anniversari
                                • Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga
                                  Gian Francesco Romano

                                  Italy – A life at the service of the weakest: in memory of Fr Baldassare Meli

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                                  Italy – A life at the service of the weakest: in memory of Fr Baldassare Meli

                                  (ANS - Castelvetrano) - Reserve and pragmatism, welcome and denunciation, dialogue and action: Fr Baldassarre Meli was a man of many facets. He passed away last Saturday, June 27, in Castelvetrano. Originally from Aragona, in the Agrigento area, he became Salesian in 1960 and was ordained a priest in 1971. For 17 years, from 1986 to 2003, he was the soul of the work "Santa Chiara" in Palermo, fighting on the front line in welcoming migrants and in defense of children's rights.

                                  In 1994, when the first experiences of welcoming migrants were beginning in Italy, the Santa Chiara work "was a bunch of rooms and small rooms all full of welcomed migrants ... We wondered how he managed to keep up with everything that took place there … I believe that the winning key was his great availability to dialogue, to listening. He was so reserved, but practical and operative," recalled Fr Domenico Ricca, SDB, former President of "Salesiani per il Sociale", who got to know him during the periodic meetings of the Salesian Council for the Sector of marginalization.

                                  Still in Palermo, together with his confrere Fr Roberto Dominici, he denounced a foul pedophile ring that ruined the lives of minors in the working-class neighborhoods of Ballarò and Albergheria. Investigations, police raids, trials took place in 1996 and then again in 2000. The spotlights of the world lit up on that scandal.

                                  The funeral took place on Monday 29 June, at 10:30 am, in his parish, the "Santa Lucia" of Castelvetrano, presided over by Msgr. Domenico Mogavero, bishop of Mazara del Vallo, and was broadcast on the diocese's YouTube channel.

                                  "Passionate about the prophecy of the evangelical denunciation, what united us and made us  passionate was that barking when all around it was silent in the indifference that is humus for those who crushed and abused the little ones," commented Fr Fortunato Di Noto, President of "Meter", an association in the front line in the protection of children and in the denunciation of pedophilia.

                                  "Fr Meli was a point of reference for the city," emphasized the mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando. "We owe to him and to the community of 'Santa Chiara' so much of the cultural and political elaboration of the paths of solidarity, inclusion and welcome that are at the center of our action today."

                                  • Italia
                                  • Decessi
                                  • ISI ITALIA SICILIA
                                  • Società
                                    Gian Francesco Romano

                                    Portugal – "Salesian Training": teacher training supervised by education specialists

                                    1 month 1 week ago

                                    (ANS - Lisbon) - To offer concrete modes of implementation to the Educational Proposal of the Salesian Schools, the "Fundação Salesianos" - expression of the Salesian Province of Portugal - promotes an online seminar starting today, 1 July, and ending Thursday 16 July: "Formare SalesianaMENTE". It includes synchronous and individual work sessions.

                                    Organized in nine modules, the training has as facilitators: Guilherme d'Oliveira Martins, Administrator of the "Calouste Gulbenkian" foundation, and former Minister of Education and former Secretary of State for the Administration of Education; Francisco Varela, Head of the Salesian Educational Sector in Uruguay; Pedro Sales Rosário, from the University of Minho, Alexandre Castro Caldas, from the Portuguese Catholic University; Filomena Araújo, of the Evaluation Institute of Education; Fr José Aníbal Mendonça, Provincial of Portugal; Fr Tarcízio Morais, of the Youth Ministry Department; Marco Dias da Silva, Pedagogical Director of the Salesians of Porto; and evaluation specialist Hélder Sousa.

                                    Among the topics addressed during the nine sessions scheduled: the reference framework for updating the Educational Proposal will be explored; the how and why of a better school; the profile of students who leave compulsory school; the charismatic framework of the Salesian school; the principles of transversal learning and psycho-pedagogical keys; the pedagogical model and the anatomy and physiology of the model; deep learning structures; the construction of effective living and learning environments; and dynamic evaluation.

                                    The seminar is aimed at school directors, the coordinators of the Curricular Departments and the "Programming Teams" of each school, and is organized in synchronous sessions preceded by individual work sessions, which will allow the study of the subjects and the interaction with the trainers and among the trainees in synchronous sessions.

                                    The main objective of this course is to promote reflection and sharing on innovation and teaching-learning in the Salesian Schools in the different dimensions of the Educational Proposal, and to develop a perspective reflection in view of its implementation.

                                    The Educational Team of Fundação Salesiano, responsible for organizing the seminar, explains that "by anchoring the Educational Proposal of the Salesian Schools to the inspiring aphorism of Saint John Bosco 'Education is a thing of the heart', we intend not only to illustrate his Preventive System, but also to explore a set of concrete options, based on scientific evidence, at a pedagogical, didactic, methodological, formative and pastoral level, which are coherent and strategic and which make the Salesian School a school with its own character and which makes the difference, [its added value]."

                                    The 25-hour course is available in Portuguese and Spanish, is free and takes place through the digital platforms Moodle and Zoom.

                                    • Portogallo
                                    • POR PORTOGALLO
                                    • Educazione
                                      Gian Francesco Romano

                                      Spain – The King and Queen visit Salesian work in "Polígono Sur" during their trip to Seville

                                      1 month 1 week ago

                                      (ANS - Seville) - On Monday 29 June the third stage of the tour of the King and Queen of Spain in the autonomous community of Andalusia took place, a tour that started after the easing up of the Covid-19 restrictions. Philip VI of Bourbon and Doña Letizia started their stay in Seville, after the previous stops in the Canary and Balearic Islands. They visited the Social Center of the "Fundación Don Bosco", where the Salesian community "Jesús Obrero" is located, in the "Polígono Sur” of the Andalusian capital.

                                      "We wanted their Majesties to become aware of a model itinerary that many young people in the neighborhood follow as a path of social and work integration," explained Antonio José Mengual, Director of the "Fundación Don Bosco" for Seville and Extremadura. Those responsible for this program showed three stages: first, the Pre-work School, in the context of Second Chance Schools, attended by young people who have left formal education and who have not yet had the training or age to enter the job market.

                                      The second of the stages was with a group of young people who participated in training in the hotel and restaurant sector. This path is the prelude to an internship and the gateway to a possible job. In 2019 there were over 600 job placements obtained by the students of the Don Bosco Social Center, thanks to over 150 companies that collaborate by accepting interns and trainees.

                                      The visit ended with the "crown jewel" of the work: "Occhiena", an ethical fashion center. It is a social enterprise of the "Fundación Don Bosco" which works for the insertion of people in vulnerable situations, especially women, in the production processes, with the creation of jobs, and the awareness-raising of professionals and companies to operate in the parameters of ethical fashion.

                                      The managers of the foundation explained to the Royals that the alarming situation caused by Covid-19 did not paralyze the services of the Don Bosco Foundation. It continued to work, with tenacity and commitment, to provide answers to the most vulnerable groups. Having a job contract is the dream of thousands of people, and the good news is that even during the months of lockdown, the "Fundación Don Bosco" in Seville favored 81 job placements.

                                      The "Fundación Don Bosco", an organization of the "Spain-Mary Help of Christians" Salesian Province, works to help young people and defend their rights. To this end, it promotes a more just and equitable society that guarantees the rights and well-being of the most vulnerable people. It cooperates with the Polígono Sur Commissariat, the Red Cross, Caritas, the Community Social Services and other social bodies in the "Polígono Sur" district to combat the situation of poverty and exclusion afflicting many families and which has worsened with the arrival of Covid-19.

                                      {gallery}Spagna - Visita Reali 2020{/gallery}

                                      • Spagna
                                      • SMX SPAGNA MARIA AUSILIATRICE
                                      • Personaggi illustri
                                      • Educazione
                                        Gian Francesco Romano
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