Freetown, Sierra Leone - 2016 - These are the faces of children left without parents, whom the Salesians look after and educate for life. They are "faces that speak of the future."
(Photo: Alberto Lopez, the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid)
(ANS - Mafinga) - Tanzania is considered the most beautiful place in the wild world. The Ngorongoro Crater, which is home to approximately 25,000 animals, is considered one of the most beautiful places to find lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhinos. Life there is beautiful with the beauty of nature and is enriched with the history of its people. In Tanzania, the Salesians started a mission in the Mafinga area in 1980, and they saw the need to open a house for 500 orphans.
(ANS – Iauaretê) – The Salesian mission of Iauaretê is located in the deep West of Brazilian Amazonia, at the border with Colombia, and is one of the farthest and most difficult missions to reach. It normally takes three days to get there, one on a motorboat, going up Rio Negro and then continuing towards Colombia sailing in Rio Uaupes. As can be guessed, Iauaretê is far away from everything, institutions, built-up areas and regretfully also far away from minimum subsistence services, such as hospitals and health centres.
(ANS - Namugongo) - Uganda is a Central African country, with the capital Kampala. Namugongo is about ten kilometres from Kampala and there you will find the "Children and Life Mission" (CALM), a centre for young people who once lived on the streets and survived by stealing. It is home to young people aged between 5 and 20. Anna Poliszkiewicz, a volunteer from the Salesian Mission Office in Warsaw, worked there for a few months.
(ANS – Rome) – It is over 150 years that the Salesians of Don Bosco consider minors as the active holders of rights and look in each one of them for the positive potentialities that must bloom through education. However, all over the world there are millions of Unaccompanied Minor Refugees (UMR), one of the categories that are more at risk of violence, exploitation and violation of their rights. On the occasion of the International Migrants Day, that is celebrated on December 18th, Don Bosco International presents some guidelines so that the Salesian work with these minors may always be qualified and respectful of their specific exigencies.
(ANS – Rome) – December 8th, 1991 – December 8th, 2016: The “Minors’ Reception Centre of Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco” recently celebrated 25 years of activity.
RMG - Fr Pallithanam: on the streets or in the office, always close to the poor
(ANS - Rome) – Fr Thomas Pallithanam is an active missionary in a small Salesian community in Ravulapalem in Andhra Pradesh. He is also the coordinator of one of the most important organizations of Indian civil society, "Wada Na Todo Abhiyan". The two cornerstones of his work are a global vision and local initiatives. He now speaks about his work in an interview with ANS.
A rich man who helped Lazarus
In his letter for Lent this year, Pope Francis invites us to be generous with the needy, stressing that this generosity should lead us not to give what is left over but to give of our very own. In this regard, the example set by Chuck Feeney, an 85-year-old man who donated all his possessions to charity, well represents the phrase: "He did not give the crumbs. He gave the whole bread."
Chile - The Rector of the Don Bosco University in El Salvador inaugurates the academic year at the Silva Henríquez Catholic University
(ANS - Santiago) - On 21 March there was the opening ceremony of the academic year at the Silva Henríquez Catholic University (UCSH). It was attended by Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, Archbishop of Santiago, and the Secretary for Social Services of the Ministry of Social Development, Juan Eduardo Faúndez Molina.
RMG – World Down Syndrome Day: a change in approach is needed
(ANS - Rome) – Even small gestures can bring changes in the way we consider those who are different from ourselves. Yesterday, 21 March, was International Down Syndrome Day. In Cartagena in Spain, the students of "San Juan Bosco" primary school, were invited to do drawings to express how they see their companions with this syndrome. The intention was to break stereotypes and discover the positive contributions that people with Down syndrome can make.