South America

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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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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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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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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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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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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ARGENTINA: More than 12,000 Youth Have Received Training Since 1983, Thanks to Salesian Graduate

By at January 10, 2013 | 1:49 pm

ARGENTINA: More than 12,000 Youth Have Received Training Since 1983, Thanks to Salesian Graduate

(MissionNewswire) In 1983 in Santa Cruz, Argentina, former Salesian student Marcos Oliva Day — along with his wife Maria Laura Gaona — started Knowing our House. This nonprofit foundation offers social, educational, environmental and sports programs for youth. New organization headquarters were opened recently and named Enrique Götz, in honor of a key figure in more...

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