Americas & Caribbean

HAITI: Signs of Progress Nearly Two Years After Earthquake

By at December 15, 2011 | 12:52 pm

HAITI: Signs of Progress Nearly Two Years After Earthquake

(MissionNewswire) Reconstruction efforts are having an impact on education, health and job creation in Haiti, reports Nigel Fisher, deputy special representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti, in a United Nations update given nearly two years after the devastating earthquake in the country. According to Fisher, 88 percent out of the $4.6 billion in aid pledged by more...

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EL SALVADOR: Salesian Institute Gives Youth an Alternative to Violence

By at November 16, 2011 | 12:47 pm

EL SALVADOR: Salesian Institute Gives Youth an Alternative to Violence

(Catholic News Service) In what the United Nations considers one of the most violent countries in the world, Salesian Father Jose "Pepe" Morataya has taken a different approach to tackling the widespread violence: He educates El Salvador's poor youths. For 24 years, Father Morataya has directed an institution that offers free education and job training to children and more...

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CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: “New Beginnings” Program Expands to Assist Colombian Refugees in Four Countries

By at October 20, 2011 | 12:08 pm

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: “New Beginnings” Program Expands to Assist Colombian Refugees in Four Countries

(MissionNewswire) More than 5,000 Colombian refugees in four countries in Central and South America will receive vocational and human development training as well as job placement services through a Salesian Missions “New Beginnings” program, thanks to external grant funding. The three-year program will focus on Colombian refugees living Ecuador, Venezuela, more...

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BRAZIL: President Obama Speaks About Don Bosco During Visit

By at March 23, 2011 | 12:07 pm

BRAZIL: President Obama Speaks About Don Bosco During Visit

(MissionNewswire) During an address to Brazilian businessmen March 19, 2011, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, mentioned Don Bosco’s dream about the city of Brasilia. The president had been on a visit to Brazil to extend and improve political and commercial links between the two countries especially with regard to oil. Toward the end of his talk more...

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WORLD WATER DAY: Customized Solutions Required to Improve Water Supply in Developing Countries

By at March 22, 2011 | 2:31 pm

WORLD WATER DAY: Customized Solutions Required to Improve Water Supply in Developing Countries

(MissionNewswire) According to UNICEF, almost 50 percent of the developing world’s population – 2.5 billion people – lack improved sanitation facilities, and more than 884 million people still use unsafe drinking water sources. Inadequate access to safe water and sanitation services, coupled with poor hygiene practices, kills and sickens thousands of children every more...

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HAITI: New Buildings Adopt Safety Measures

By at March 8, 2011 | 8:04 am

HAITI: New Buildings Adopt Safety Measures

(MissionNewswire) The opening of the new Salesian warehouse in Haiti was cause for celebration for two reasons—not only will it provide new efficiencies for ongoing rebuilding efforts but it is also designed according to Caribbean building standards to withstand future natural disasters. Quality construction standards are a concern in rebuilding Haiti, according to a more...

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HAITI: Opportunity Grows at Agricultural School in Haiti

By at January 31, 2011 | 10:51 am

HAITI: Opportunity Grows at Agricultural School in Haiti

(MissionNewswire) Wide smiles break out on the faces of students crouching in the fields as they examine the crops. They know the vegetables they hold in their hands will provide their communities and country with a quality food source, as well as increase their opportunities to obtain meaningful skills to support their families. Agriculture is a critical economic more...

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HAITI: Salesian University Network Creates Connection to Haiti’s Future

By at January 6, 2011 | 2:00 pm

HAITI: Salesian University Network Creates Connection to Haiti’s Future

(MissionNewswire) --- For university students in Haiti, access to technology is a way to stay connected to studies, social networks—and the opportunity to make a difference in their country’s future. Through the new Salesian University Network, hundreds of university students who have been unable to return to school following the Jan. 12, 2011, earthquake will have more...

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BOLIVIA: Muyurina Agricultural School, Multi-Use Center Opens

By at January 6, 2010 | 10:25 am

BOLIVIA: Muyurina Agricultural School, Multi-Use Center Opens

(MissionNewswire) On December 9, 2009, Salesian Missions celebrated the inauguration of the new Muyurina Agricultural School and brand new Multi-Use Center in Bolivia. Funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the generosity of American donors made this project possible. Salesian Missions has been providing agricultural education more...

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