Americas & Caribbean

BRAZIL: Summer Camps Provide Education for Youth in Brazil

By at February 28, 2013 | 10:46 am

BRAZIL: Summer Camps Provide Education for Youth in Brazil

(MissionNewswire) Since 2005, the Salesian Youth Ministry in Brazil-Recife Province has held summer camp programs for poor youth. Each year a guide is published with advice on developing themes for each day of camp and practical activities for students. This year, the Salesian summer camp theme is “Learning to be Happy.” With a focus on families living in poverty, more...

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GUATEMALA: Teacher Training Program Gives Youth Second Chance

By at February 21, 2013 | 10:38 am

GUATEMALA: Teacher Training Program Gives Youth Second Chance

(MissionNewswire) Under the leadership of Salesian missionary, Father Anthony De Groot, education for poor male youth is thriving in Guatemala thanks to a teacher training program made possible by the Don Bosco Center. Fr. De Groot came to the Carchá mission in the Alta Verapz region in 1975, and has worked to help youth break the cycle of poverty and improve their more...

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ECUADOR: 125 Years of Salesian Programs for Vulnerable Youth

By at February 16, 2013 | 10:52 am

ECUADOR: 125 Years of Salesian Programs for Vulnerable Youth

(MissionNewswire) This year marks 125 years of Salesian programs in Ecuador. The first missionaries arrived in the country in 1888 in Guayaquil, reaching Quito soon after. Ecuador is one of the most inequitable societies in the world, according to UNICEF. The richest 20 percent of the population receives almost 50 percent of the national income, while the poorest 20 more...

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MEXICO: 50 Years of Programs Providing Education, Opportunity to Country’s “Future”

By at February 13, 2013 | 9:58 am

MEXICO: 50 Years of Programs Providing Education, Opportunity to Country’s “Future”

(MissionNewswire) In mid-February, the Salesians celebrated 50 years of providing education and other services to poor youth in the Province of Mexico-Guadalajara. Salesian Rector Major Father Pascual Chávez Villanueva led the celebration which lasted several days. "The celebration of the 50th Anniversary of our Province represents a year in which we remember those more...

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COLOMBIA: Salesian Technical Center Receives Quality Certification

By at February 7, 2013 | 9:57 am

COLOMBIA: Salesian Technical Center Receives Quality Certification

(MissionNewswire) The Salesian-run San José Technical and Technological Center was given certifications of quality by the Colombian Institute for Technical Legislation and Certification (ICONTEC). These certifications recognize the quality of work achieved by the various school programs that provide education and technical training to poor youth in Ibagué. An award more...

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By at February 7, 2013 | 8:18 am

(Washington Business Journal) The backlit glass screen glowed as Michala Slade tapped away at the keyboard of her computer deep inside a row of cubicles. Not an unusual sight in the busy Washington office of The Carlyle Group LP, except that she is only 15 years old and in 10th grade. Slade is one of 326 students enrolled in the Corporate Work Study Program at Don more...

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UNITED NATIONS: Elections, Jobs Critical for Haiti’s Current and Future Stability, Says Outgoing UN Envoy

By at February 1, 2013 | 12:14 pm

UNITED NATIONS: Elections, Jobs Critical for Haiti’s Current and Future Stability, Says Outgoing UN Envoy

(United Nations) The outgoing head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti says that during his 20-months tenure, security had greatly improved in the Caribbean country, but delayed elections and unemployment still threatened stability. In an interview with UN Radio shortly before the end of his term on 31 January, Mariano Fernández, who served as the more...

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HAITI: Rebuilt Salesian Trade School to Open in Early 2013

By at January 30, 2013 | 12:40 pm

HAITI: Rebuilt Salesian Trade School to Open in Early 2013

(MissionNewswire) Signs of progress continue in Haiti. Thanks to assistance from the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) and Atlas Tube, Lainco, Fast + Epp, Canam and ArcelorMittal et Cast Connex, the Salesian-run L'École Lakay Trade School in Haiti is being rebuilt. The school suffered major damage in Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake and was forced to more...

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CHILE: Salesians Celebrate 100 Years of Providing Education to Poor Youth

By at January 16, 2013 | 1:32 pm

CHILE: Salesians Celebrate 100 Years of Providing Education to Poor Youth

(MissionNewswire) This January, the Don Bosco Institute in Punta Arenas, Chile celebrated 100 years of service. The Salesian institute provides education and technical skills to youth, helping them find stable employment and a path out of poverty for themselves and their families. In the early days of Don Bosco Institute, the city of Punta Arenas had close to fifteen more...

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UNICEF: Three Years After Haiti Earthquake, Survey Sheds Light on Current Status of Children and Women

By at January 14, 2013 | 10:53 am

UNICEF: Three Years After Haiti Earthquake, Survey Sheds Light on Current Status of Children and Women

(UNICEF) PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 14 January 2013 – For the first time since 2005–2006, Haiti has updated data on the situation of children and women, enabling analysis of the earthquake response and helping establish where and who the most vulnerable children are. Positive findings The 2012 survey, known by its French acronym EMMUS, was commissioned by the more...

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