Emergency Meeting with Middle East PDO
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Emergency Meeting with Middle East PDO
DATE: April 15, 2023 CATEGORY: Emergency, News

From 11th to 13th April 2023, DBN Board gathered in Rome, at the Salesian University to prepare our General Assembly and Development Cooperation WG, that will be held in Torino in June. As well, we met Fr. Pietro Bianche and Adele Amato, Director and Coordinator, respectively of PDO in Middle East Province.

In the presence of the General Economer, Br. Jean Paul Muller, we could evaluate the first two months of Emergency response, and positively assess that the coordination mechanism had worked perfectly. However, several difficulties regarding the arrival of materials and funds, the capacity building of the new local staff of the PDO and the very changing situation, remain the main challenges to face in these “Emergency within the Emergency”, that represents the Earthquakes suffered in Turkey and Syria last February.

Evaluation of Ukraine War – Emergency Mechanism after one year
DATE: April 5, 2023 CATEGORY: Emergency, News

Warsaw, Poland – March 2023 – Fr. George Menamparampil, head of the Salesian Coordination for Emergency Response, Peter Annegarn, President of the “Don Bosco Network,” and Angel Gudiña, Coordinator of the “Don Bosco Network,” visited Poland from March 28-31. They began their visit in Krakow, where they met with the Provincial Economer, the head of the Salesian Volunteer Missionary Movement (SWM), and those responsible for aid to Ukraine. The second stop of the visit was the Mission Center in Warsaw. On March 29 a meeting was held at the Warsaw Provincial House; participants included representatives of the Salesian Family in Ukraine – the Greek-Catholic Salesians, the Salesians of the Krakow Province and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians working in Ukraine, as well as Alberto Livoni, Coordinator of Humanitarian Aid of the Salesian NGO “International Volunteering for Development” (VIS). The topic of the meeting was the evaluation of the projects implemented so far, especially the support to Ukrainian citizens during the last winter, and the analysis of future projects in the field of education, infrastructure and humanitarian aid. The next day, the meeting continued with the Warsaw team in charge of the Ukraine Aid Coordination, the goal being to maintain the current coordinating body and determining further activities directed at helping the victims of the war, both in Poland and Ukraine.

Ukraine – The war with Russia and the Don Bosco response
DATE: March 9, 2022 CATEGORY: Emergency, News, Top News

The situation at the Polish-Ukranian border

Beginning of March 2022, this crisis started with the Russian military invasion in Ukraine. It was the start of a war, the start of a tremendous humanitarian crisis. Millions of people fleeing towards neighbouring countries, cities who are under constant threat of being bombed, families losing everything as their houses are turned in to ruines, …

Immediately after the first incoming news, the Salesians in Ukraine started organizing themselves to host affected families, offering medical and food support to families and parishioners in need, …
Neighbouring provinces offered their support to the Salesians in Ukraine. The Slovak province, in collaboration with the salesians in Lviv and Ukrainian police transported 50 orphans, staying in the salesian center in Lviv, to Slovakia. The children were placed in families closely linked to the Salesians. The Krakow province in Poland (PLS) organized their centres and offices (SWM) to start immediate emergency help for Ukraine: gathering medical aid, food, matrasses, generators, … Trucks with this urgent aid left from Poland to reach Ukraine as soon as possible.

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Deadliest Earthquake in 2021 hits Haiti
DATE: August 23, 2021 CATEGORY: Emergency, News

The magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Haiti before noon August 21, 2021. During the next couple of days, the earth was strongly shaken many times more. At least 2,248 people were confirmed killed as of 1 September 2021 and above 12,200 injured, mostly in the Sud-department. DBN immediately called the emergency reaction procedure.

After consultations, DBN is supporting the coordinating information flow and the Salesians in Haiti. The PDO in Haiti Nepal, Fondaton Rinaldi are responsible for coordination of relief work on the spot.

Communities in Haiti struggled receiving aid due to difficult work and safety situation in Haiti. Roadblocks by gangs, blocked relief aid, kidnapping of salesians made the situation very difficult to work in.

Don Bosco coordinated response to COVID-19 emergency
DATE: March 31, 2020 CATEGORY: Emergency, News

Over the course of a few weeks, Covid-19 has gone from being a Chinese national problem to a pandemic involving the whole world. While the contagion has spread day by day in new regions and countries, the Don Bosco Network (DBN), the coordinating body of ten of the most important Salesian NGOs, has been hard at work. Under the patronage of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, it has initiated a coordinated response to the current emergency under the guidance of the Congregation’s Emergency Response Coordinator – the coordinator of the Congregation’s Mission Office.

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