South America

PERU: Salesian Medical Clinic Provides 80 Surgeries for People in Need

By at May 29, 2014 | 2:39 pm

PERU: Salesian Medical Clinic Provides 80 Surgeries for People in Need

(MissionNewswire) Peru faces high levels of income inequality and has more than a quarter of its population living in poverty, according to the World Bank. Poverty levels are significantly higher in rural areas but urban areas struggle most with inequality, most notably metropolitan Lima, the capital city of Peru. Poverty in the country is made worse by a shortage of more...

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ARGENTINA: Argentine President Signs Decree for Creation of New Salesian University

By at April 28, 2014 | 5:34 pm

ARGENTINA: Argentine President Signs Decree for Creation of New Salesian University

(MissionNewswire) More than a quarter of people in Argentina live in conditions of poverty with no formal employment and poor quality education, according to the World Bank. The country’s high school dropout rate is close to 37 percent and youth account for a third of those unemployed. Almost 12 percent of children aged five to 17 are working instead of in school and 20 more...

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CHILE: After Massive Earthquake, Salesian Missionaries Report Property Damage but No Injuries

By at April 4, 2014 | 10:28 am

CHILE: After Massive Earthquake, Salesian Missionaries Report Property Damage but No Injuries

(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries report property damage but no injuries after a massive earthquake with a magnitude of 8.2 struck the northern coast of Chile 62 miles from the city of Iquique on April 1. The initial earthquake, followed by at least 10 strong aftershocks, including one with a magnitude of 6.2, generated a tsunami and caused multiple deaths. A 6.9 more...

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BOLIVIA: Don Bosco Project Brings Youth in Off the Streets and Provides Hope for the Future

By at March 10, 2014 | 3:47 pm

BOLIVIA: Don Bosco Project Brings Youth in Off the Streets and Provides Hope for the Future

(MissionNewswire) Bolivia is the poorest country in South America and also has the most unequal income distribution on the continent. According to UNICEF, 60 percent of Bolivians live below the poverty line with 40 percent of those living in extreme poverty. The poverty rate is higher in rural areas where the rate increases to 75 percent of the population. It is common more...

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BRAZIL: Four Teachers Return from Month-Long Sports Program in Haiti

By at October 4, 2013 | 3:01 pm

BRAZIL: Four Teachers Return from Month-Long Sports Program in Haiti

(MissionNewswire) Last year, more than 3 million Haitian children returned to school with 200,000 of them educated in Salesian-run institutions. The country’s educational system is continuing to be rebuilt after the devastating January 2010 earthquake that destroyed 90 percent of schools and 60 percent of hospitals, killed thousands of people and left more than 350,000 more...

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ARGENTINA: Salesian Agricultural Programs Receive Local Recognition for Training Expertise

By at September 19, 2013 | 6:44 am

ARGENTINA: Salesian Agricultural Programs Receive Local Recognition for Training Expertise

(MissionNewswire) Although viewed as a relatively wealthy country, Argentina has a poverty rate of just over 26 percent, according to the World Bank. Close to 4.4 million people live below the poverty line and the country’s high school dropout rate is close to 20 percent. Youth account for one in three of those unemployed. The Salesians have a long history of more...

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ARGENTINA: Salesians Assist Victims of Massive Apartment Building Explosion

By at August 8, 2013 | 8:15 am

ARGENTINA: Salesians Assist Victims of Massive Apartment Building Explosion

(MissionNewswire) Salesians in Argentina are joining efforts to help the victims of a massive explosion that happened just four blocks away from their headquarters in San José, Rosario. The Aug. 6 explosion—which destroyed apartment buildings filled with tenants—is being called the worst disaster in the history of the city, the third largest in the more...

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BRAZIL: New Socio-Sports Program is Teaching Youth Teamwork and Social Skills

By at July 15, 2013 | 3:15 pm

BRAZIL: New Socio-Sports Program is Teaching Youth Teamwork and Social Skills

(MissionNewswire) In Brazil, the Salesians continue to develop programs and provide youth opportunities for furthering their education and skills. According to UNICEF, large gaps exist between the rich and poor in the country where one in four people live in poverty. At-risk youth are exposed to drugs and violence on a daily basis and unemployment is a fact of life for more...

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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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