(ANS – Addis Ababa) – Not long ago, they begged, stole and struggled to survive on the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, sniffing glue to dull the daily misery of hunger, exploitation and abuse. Now, thanks to a partnership between the Salesians and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), these young boys have a new lease on life, and are helping to extend that opportunity to other homeless youth.
(ANS - Freetown) - Aminata and Augusta did not know each other. Augusta worked as a prostitute to be able to eat, but now has her own catering business and strives to make it clear to other girls that they should not take that road. Aminata, on the other hand, believes she has to be a prostitute because her grandmother and her mother both were. Augusta is grateful to Don Bosco for the new life that has been given to her, while Aminata is aware of wanting to get out of that world, and appreciates the Salesians' efforts to persuade her, ... but she still resists.
(ANS - Rome) - Yesterday, June 12, was the International Day Against Child Labor. Promoted by the International Labor Organization (ILO), its aim is to raise awareness of this issue and fight this plague present across the globe, and especially in the poorest countries. In 2017, as per ILO guidelines, the day was devoted to "children in conflict countries."
(ANS - Mandalay) - Maung Zaw Oo is a Burmese boy who has experienced abandonment, loneliness and life on the streets. But thanks to the Salesian Youth Center of Mandalay, he has begun a new life.
(ANS - Rome) - Several Salesian works, with UNICEF support, have launched a new project over the past few weeks to meet the needs of unaccompanied foreign minors who, socially-speaking, are at serious risk. For them, the Salesians thought of the "La Perla project. Starting over from the streets". To remember that every young person is precious.
(ANS - Naples) - The "Don Bosco" Salesian community of Naples welcomed 14 more unaccompanied foreign minors who landed on Monday morning, May 29, at the city port. These children add to the 15 children already present in the "Il Ponte" reception community inaugurated last January 23.
Italy - Summer solidarity, alternative holidays
(ANS - Rome) - Twenty-six young Italians have decided to dedicate part of their summer in a holiday of solidarity in Egypt serving as missionary volunteers in Salesian houses in Alexandria, Cairo-Zaytoun and Cairo-Rod El Farag, where they shall engage in educational activities in oratories and schools. Fr Michelangelo Dessì of the Missionary Animation of the Salesian Central Italy District(ICC) presents this educational, supportive and missionary proposal.
Communicating hope and confidence in our time, a difficult task
22 May, 2017: It is 10:35 PM, local time. The concert of American pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester City Arena turns into a night of terror when a terrorist attack kills 22 people, many young; in the following days, repeated attacks in Egypt, Afghanistan, and even more recently in London, the number of victims tragically increases.
Angola - Educational-Pedagogical Project for the Reintegration of Children and Adolescents in and from the Streets
(ANS - Luanda) - Salesians in Angola, with the help of the NGO "International Voluntary Service for Development" (VIS), organized a round table on Friday, June 23, on "Advocacy for the Protection of Children in Risk Situations." The event was the occasion to present the Manual "Projecto Educativo-Pedagógico para Reinserção de Crianças e Adolescentes de e na Rua", or the Educational-Pedagogical Project for the Reintegration of Children and Adolescents of and on the Streets, which explains in detail the steps needed to pursue a path of (re) education and reintegration into society, according to the values and principles of the Preventive System.
RMG – Building a family, in the rituals of every day
(ANS - Rome) – "A life-long love begins again every day." Here is the essence of love, the essence that Fr A.M. Carré condensed into a single maxim that he would always repeat to couples during their wedding cerimony: "spouses forever, remaining engaged." And how do you manage to stay loyal to your spouse a whole lifetime? Through love in the rituals of every day: by a kiss, a greeting, a hug and a thousand gestures that are rituals and that should never become routine. The Rector Major in the Strenna for 2017 invites building a family through the rituals of every day, by living "a love that is faithful, everlasting and open to life."