Guatemala - "Talita Kumi": Celebrating 25 years of education of the Q'eqchi women

(ANS - San Pedro Carchá) - "Talita Kumi", which in Aramaic means "Little girl, I say to ...

Paraguay - Opening of the Team Visit to the American Southern Cone Region

Ypacaraí, Paraguay - March 2017 - The Team Visit to the American Southern Cone Region began ...

Peru - Rains and Floods: "Give me a hand, Peru"

(ANS - Lima) - The National Information System for Prevention and Attention to Disasters ...

El Salvador - "A way of life in the midst of a history of violence": Don Bosco University

(ANS - Soyapango) - The Don Bosco University (UDB) of El Salvador is located in Soyapango, San ...

Chile - The Rector of the Don Bosco University in El Salvador inaugurates the academic year at the ...

(ANS - Santiago) - On 21 March there was the opening ceremony of the academic year at the ...

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 ...

Ethiopia - Don Bosco Centre of Mekanissa mourns the death of seven of its pupils

(ANS - Addis Ababa) - Among the 115 confirmed victims of the rubbish landslide that occurred ...

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 – Badajoz) – One of the city buses of Badajoz, in Extremadura, Spain, has been sent to Freetown, Sierra Leone. Thee it will become a mobile unit that can help thousands of children at risk of exclusion who are living on the streets of the city.  It will serve to provide medical assistance, food and psychosocial help.

(ANS - Lungi) - Fr Ubaldino Andrade Hernandez is a Salesian missionary who has worked in Sierra Leone. He was in Rome at the Generalate during the photographic exhibition: "Ebola, and beyond Ebola". His testimony is a sign of trust in God.  He says that in those strange days of the epidemic they were living with "a real fear of death” but they decided to stay there as parents for many abandoned children." Looking at the pictures of the exhibition, the memories came to mind, and his eyes paused to remember his experiences. "Staying was the best option."

(ANS - Freetown) - The problem of street children, even after many years of efforts, continues to be a difficult issue to deal with, both by the Government and by institutions working for the protection of minors. Last December, 28 children who had been housed at the Salesian centre "Don Bosco Fambul" in Freetown, Sierra Leone, were happily welcomed back into their families. Following that, staff from the Salesian house went out to the streets looking for other vulnerable children and suggesting the Salesian rehabilitation programme to them.

(ANS – Freetown) – Suntia is a girl accommodated in the “Girls Shelter” of Don Bosco Fambul house in Freetown. She came in contact with Don Bosco when she was having a tough time with her father. “During this period I was selling different types of items just to raise money for our upkeep and to cover the rent. Subsequently, I was going around with a placard begging the people for money. Unfortunately, my biological father abused me sexually”. This is the story of her suffering and rebirth.

(ANS – Freetown) – On the evening of Thursday 1st December a fire outbreak completely destroyed “Angola Town”, a slum in front of Don Bosco Fambul. The slum served as a residence for 300 families and approximately 1500 people, most of them children and youngsters. Don Bosco Fambul – which stands just a street away from the slum – was saved thanks to the orientation of the wind and to the intervention of Mary Help of Christians.

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INTERVIEWS

  • 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.  

EDITORIAL

  • 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."

EVENTS

SPECIAL REPORTS

  • 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.

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