Americas & Caribbean

COLOMBIA: NPR Tells Story of Salesian Center Helping Former Child Soldiers Start New, Positive Lives

By at May 30, 2013 | 1:37 pm

COLOMBIA: NPR Tells Story of Salesian Center Helping Former Child Soldiers Start New, Positive Lives

(MissionNewswire) A Morning Edition piece on National Public Radio (NPR) tells the story of two young people who are receiving help from a Salesian youth center in Cali, Colombia, after spending years living through the horrors of war as child soldiers. The piece—Years Of Combat Experience, and Just Turning 20—reveals the often untold story about the reality facing more...

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ARGENTINA: New Salesian University in Bahía Blanca Receives Accreditation

By at May 14, 2013 | 2:04 pm

ARGENTINA: New Salesian University in Bahía Blanca Receives Accreditation

(MissionNewswire) Close to 4.4 million people are living below the poverty line in Argentina. The World Bank estimates that a third of Argentina’s population or 34.9 percent are poor. The country’s high school dropout rate is close to 20 percent and youth account for one in three of those unemployed. Access to education and training in critical job skills provides a more...

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UNICEF: Severely Malnourished Children in Haiti Thrive, with Simple, Affordable Remedies

By at April 24, 2013 | 5:34 pm

UNICEF: Severely Malnourished Children in Haiti Thrive, with Simple, Affordable Remedies

(UNICEF) Through the leafy beanstalks, Derilus Firdemont watches her 4-year-old daughter Sendy play with friends in the garden. She wipes Sendy’s knees after every fall and takes breaks from gardening to cuddle her and look into her bright eyes, relishing every opportunity to dote over her. Sendy was severely malnourished as an infant. She had not crawled or walked more...

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UNITED STATES: Salesians Support Local Youth through Don Bosco Community Center in Port Chester, NY

By at April 24, 2013 | 4:49 pm

UNITED STATES: Salesians Support Local Youth through Don Bosco Community Center in Port Chester, NY

(MissionNewswire) The Salesians of Don Bosco are known for their vast network of programs for poor youth around the globe but often the work it does in its own backyard goes unnoticed. The Don Bosco Community Center located in Port Chester, New York has been providing local community services for more than 80 years, benefitting low to moderate income residents as well as more...

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UNITED STATES: Alliance for Global Food Security Suggests Changes in Opposition to President Obama’s Food Aid Reforms

By at April 10, 2013 | 12:16 pm

UNITED STATES: Alliance for Global Food Security Suggests Changes in Opposition to President Obama’s Food Aid Reforms

(MissionNewswire) The Alliance for Global Food Security is opposed to current reforms proposed in President Obama’s “Food Aid Reforms” presented in the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Proposal. Instead, the Alliance supports greater flexibility and efficiency in food aid programs that maximize benefits without jeopardizing the availability of food aid and has put forth a more...

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PARAGUAY: Salesians Receive Recognition for Work with Indigenous Communities

By at April 4, 2013 | 5:07 pm

PARAGUAY: Salesians Receive Recognition for Work with Indigenous Communities

(MissionNewswire) Paraguay is among the poorest countries in South America. According to UNICEF, almost 35 percent of its 6.5 million population lives in poverty with close to 20 percent living in extreme poverty, earning less than US $1 per day. The gap between the small upper class and the large lower class is extreme and offers virtually no social mobility. As a more...

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EL SALVADOR: Youth Leadership Training Helps Salesian Alumni Give Back to Local Communities

By at April 3, 2013 | 5:17 pm

EL SALVADOR: Youth Leadership Training Helps Salesian Alumni Give Back to Local Communities

(MissionNewswire) Many youth in El Salvador are influenced by gangs, violence and drugs. They struggle to cope with deplorable conditions and overwhelming despair that has plagued impoverished communities for generations. In addition, El Salvador suffers from a weak educational system. According to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), less than 50 more...

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, PUERTO RICO: Past Salesian Pupils Association Growing

By at March 1, 2013 | 8:30 am

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, PUERTO RICO: Past Salesian Pupils Association Growing

(MissionNewswire) The Antilles Province Past Pupils of Don Bosco Association is growing, especially in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Started in 2011, the association has grown to include 1,740 alumni, who are working to give back locally and pay the lessons they learned forward to other poor youth currently being educated in Salesian-run programs. The more...

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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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