(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 – Rome) – On 20 June 2017, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the consent of his council, appointed Fr William Matthews as the 11th Provincial of Australia-Pacific for the period of 6 years (2018-2023).
(ANS - Lima) - Young people with disabilities receive formation and training at the "CETPRO Santo Domingo Savio" technical center in Rímac, Lima, Peru, and a campaign for raising awareness is being undertaken in their favor. Many times these young people suffer because society turns its backs on them, but, as Robert M. Hensel, a wheelchair athlete and a Guinness record holder, said, "people have no disabilities, but different abilities."
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."