(ANS – Kolkata) – When the night comes, street children become particularly vulnerable. Every evening, Don Bosco Ashalayam in Kolkata opens its doors to all children in need of a safe place to sleep. Children and young people come stay the night but have the freedom to leave if they wish. However, the Night Shelters are close to the homes, and their positive experience at the Night Shelter means that some vulnerable young people elect to move to this more stable environment. They can eat healthy meals, wash, receive medical care and enjoy a safe place to study and socialize with friends.
(ANS - Santa Cruz) - "The Don Bosco Project is a dynamic set of programs that constitute a harmonious environment where children and young people from the streets and socially at risk are welcomed under a system whose mission is to provide integral formation," said Fr Pio Octavio Sabbadin, SDB, head of the Don Bosco Project, who this year has proposed a new educational initiative - the cineforum "ValorArte" - to a group of children and teenagers.
(ANS - San Salvador) - In 2011, in his sociological studies on street children, Simon Pierre Escudero went to El Salvador to conduct research. At that time, no institution was working directly with street children; for this reason, he decided to found an association - "Terre des Jeunes" - with whom he still works, together with Victoria, a Salesian Salvadoran Cooperator, in the country's most difficult areas.
(ANS - La Paz) - The word "periphery" has taken on a deeper meaning in recent years. On many occasions Pope Francis has spoken of the "peripheries of the world", or "existential peripheries," a polyvalent expression full of meanings which indicate a judgment on the contemporary Church and, at the same time, a perspective, a direction for progress. Not only do the Bolivian Salesians have various works in the suburbs, but the same Salesian University has now come to the periphery in search of young people with specific needs.
(ANS - Lyon) - Théophile comes from Cameroon. At age 15 he was alone and out of school. Today he is in Lyon, France, where he helps the needy. "I try to give them solutions so they can be hosted." His is an exemplary journey.
(ANS - Santa Cruz de Tenerife) - The Tenerife Cabildo - the governing body of the Spanish island of Tenerife - the Insular Foundation for Formation, Employment and Entrepreneurship Development (FIFEDE, in Spanish) and the Don Bosco Project have developed a preparation-for-work school which aims to give a second professional opportunity to 15 young people between the ages of 16 and 20.
Croatia - A priest at the "Ultra Festival". To give living water
(ANS - Split) - What was a Salesian priest doing at the "Ultra Europe Music Festival" (Split - July 13-19), a sort of Woodstock of the 21st century? Answering the question is Fr Damir Stojič himself, a Salesian born in Toronto, but belonging to the Province of Croatia.
Put yourself in "someone else's shoes"
While in recent years the global scenario is increasingly characterized by a climate of widespread intolerance, where violence and xenophobia create a culture of division, in everyday life, within the family, with friends, in associations or groups, one the one hand we experience a need to live authentic relationships and on the other the sad truth of fatigue or of failure.
Chile – National Convention of Domenico Savio Club Animators
(ANS - Santiago) - With 55 animators and assistants from all the country's communities, the National Convention of the Animators of the Domenico Savio Clubs (CDS) took place in the Lo Cañas retreat from 7 to 9 July.
Nicaragua - The First Salesian of Central America
(ANS - Granada) - Narciso Sequeira Arellano (1851-1923), originally from Granada, Nicaragua, was the first Salesian in Central America. He decided to enter the Salesian Congregation in 1895. He was 44, single and ridding himself of his wealth.