West Africa

SIERRA LEONE: 700 Youth Gather, Bring Awareness of Sexual Violence to Mark Day of the African Child

By at June 17, 2013 | 9:39 am

SIERRA LEONE: 700 Youth Gather, Bring Awareness of Sexual Violence to Mark Day of the African Child

(MissionNewswire) Young girls and boys are at an alarming risk of sexual violence in Sierra Leone. Today, one third of girls are forced into marriage and often sexually assaulted by their husbands before their 15th birthdays. UNICEF estimates that close to 200,000 women, including young girls and older women, were sexually assaulted during Sierra Leone’s decade-long more...

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SIERRA LEONE: Salesian Girls Shelter Provides Crisis Support and Care for Sexual Assault Victims

By at May 17, 2013 | 8:38 am

SIERRA LEONE: Salesian Girls Shelter Provides Crisis Support and Care for Sexual Assault Victims

(MissionNewswire) The statistics are staggering. UNICEF estimates that close to 200,000 women, including young girls and older women, were sexually assaulted during Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war. And although the war has stopped, the sexual violence against women has not. Young women are at risk for sexual violence, trafficking and forced pregnancy among more...

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SIERRA LEONE: Fortified Rice-Meal Donation from Numana Feeds More than 1,400

By at October 16, 2012 | 11:12 am

SIERRA LEONE: Fortified Rice-Meal Donation from Numana Feeds More than 1,400

(MissionNewswire) More than 1,400 youth and adults participating in eight different Salesian-run programs in Sierra Leone have better access to nutrition thanks to a recent donation of fortified rice-meals from Numana. The Salesians of Don Bosco in Sierra Leone have used the donation to provide a balanced lunch for children from very poor families in the Salesian more...

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MALI: Salesians Assist Displaced Children & Families as Political Instability Continues

By at July 19, 2012 | 2:00 pm

MALI: Salesians Assist Displaced Children & Families as Political Instability Continues

(MissionNewswire) Political instability and fears of chaos in Mali have driven more than 300,000 people from their homes since fighting erupted in the north between a Tuareg rebel movement and Malian government forces. There has been panic that rebel groups will use the region as a platform for drugs and arms trading. Adding to the plight of the refugees, Mali is among more...

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LIBERIA: Salesian Programs Educate Youth and Instill Responsibility

By at June 7, 2012 | 12:05 pm

LIBERIA: Salesian Programs Educate Youth and Instill Responsibility

(MissionNewswire) Salesian Missions has been working in Liberia since 1979 when they opened their first vocational technical institute there. Nearly two-thirds of Liberia’s 3.5 million residents fall below the poverty line and families are struggling to rebuild in the wake of a devastating civil war. Since their arrival more than 30 years ago, the Salesians have more...

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SIERRA LEONE: New Child Hotline Offers Hope to Children Affected by Civil War

By at April 12, 2012 | 10:41 am

SIERRA LEONE: New Child Hotline Offers Hope to Children Affected by Civil War

(MissionNewswire) The potential to help nearly 4,000 children made homeless due to the aftermath of Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war is behind the launch of a new, 24-hour telephone counseling hotline. The Child Hotline 116 is an around-the-clock counseling hotline staffed by social workers—along with other trained professionals—offering hope and prospects more...

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BENIN: Salesian Care Center Offers a Path Away from Poverty

By at November 1, 2011 | 8:25 am

BENIN: Salesian Care Center Offers a Path Away from Poverty

(UNICEF) Two years ago, Eric N’Koue was nearly sold by his father to child traffickers. Fortunately, he was intercepted by police and brought to the UNICEF-supported Saint Joseph Center, a facility providing care and opportunities for vulnerable children in the eastern city of Parakou. Now seven years old, Eric is one of about 20 children for whom the center has more...

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IVORY COAST: Tens of Thousands Seek Safety at Salesian Compound After Massacre

By at April 4, 2011 | 2:44 pm

IVORY COAST: Tens of Thousands Seek Safety at Salesian Compound After Massacre

(MissionNewswire) Hundreds of bodies have been found after an Ivory Coast massacre that took place around a Salesian compound in the city of Duékoué. (Editor's note: See latest article on this situation: Fear, Urgent Needs Grow at Salesian Compound in Duékoué Where 30,000 Seek Shelter) Large mainstream news organizations such as BBC and CNN refer to the victims more...

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SIERRA LEONE: On Wheels, By Cell Phone – Finding New Ways to Reach Street Children

By at March 31, 2011 | 8:32 am

SIERRA LEONE: On Wheels, By Cell Phone – Finding New Ways to Reach Street Children

(MissionNewswire) Connecting with street children is challenging anywhere but is even more so in Sierra Leone, which ranked last of 179 countries in the 2008 Human Development Index for the well-being of its people. To respond to its street children in crisis, Don Bosco Fambul of Sierra Leone has developed two unique programs which reach children wherever they are – more...

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BENIN: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Visits Salesian Programs that Give Hope, Opportunity to At-Risk Youth

By at December 31, 2009 | 1:51 pm

BENIN: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Visits Salesian Programs that Give Hope, Opportunity to At-Risk Youth

(UNICEF) UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo made a two-day visit to Benin, her native country, to witness first-hand the UNICEF supported programs that are helping vulnerable children there. In Cotonou, Ms. Kidjo visited 99 children at the ‘Black Style’ hair dressing center, where she paid tribute to the NGOs that are working with the Government and more...

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