Puerto Rico – All Salesians of Don Bosco structures have been hit by Hurricane Maria
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Puerto Rico – All Salesians of Don Bosco structures have been hit by Hurricane Maria
DATE: September 25, 2017 CATEGORY: Emergency, News

Ortorio Don Bosco, CateraThe news of the disaster caused by Hurricane Maria has been distressing. “Puerto Rico under shock for the magnitude of the disaster,” wrote El País, which confirmed what Governor Ricardo Roselló had said: “This is a major disaster. No doubt.” The economic losses will amount to billions of dollars, according to Jennifer González, Puerto Rico representative at the United States Congress, who said: “We have never suffered a devastation like this.” There are no Salesians among the victims, but all Salesian centers in the country have been damaged.

On Friday afternoon, September 22, returning from Santiago de Cuba, Fr Francisco Batista, Provincial of the Antilles – Province to which Puetro Rico’s Salesian centers refer to – was able to communicate with Fr Nicolas Navarro, parish priest of the Church of Mary Help of Christians in the Cantera district in San Juan, the country capital. “There is no structure that has not been hit by the hurricane. Electric poles and telephone service have fallen, as have a large number of trees which were knocked over by the hurricanes,” he commented.Read more »

Mexico – A new, violent earthquake shakes Mexico: Salesians of Don Bosco begin to organize relief
DATE: September 22, 2017 CATEGORY: Emergency, News

b68b3ccfe896ef105681f423d72ff5a9_XL[1]The earthquake bearing a magnitude of 7.1° on the Richter scale that struck Mexico on Tuesday, September 19, has caused hundreds of victims: 217, according to the Civil Protection Service as of this morning, but the number may increase due to the high probability that there are people trapped under collapsed buildings. Mexico’s National Civil Protection Coordinator, Luis Felipe Puente, said the victims numbered 86 in Mexico City, 71 in Morelos, 43 in Puebla, 12 in the State of Mexico, 4 in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca. Unfortunately, following the collapse of the “Enrique Rebsamen” school, there are at least 25 children among the earthquake’s victims. The search for survivors is currently underway.

Shortly after the earthquake, the Provincials of the two Provinces of Mexico, Fr Hugo Orozco Sánchez, of Mexico-Guadalajara (MEM), and Fr Gabino Hernández Paleta, of Mexico-Mexico, sent a statement regarding the status of Salesians and the Salesian centers throughout Mexico, affirming there was no harm to people and that damage to property would be quantified at a later date.Read more »

Freetown flood
DATE: August 18, 2017 CATEGORY: Emergency, News

25Don Bosco Fambul in Freetown is assisting 300 children and young people affected by fatal mudslides in the Regent area of the city as Sierra Leone entered a week-long mourning period for the victims of the flooding that has killed more than 400 people, with fears that the death toll could rise as 600 remain missing. AFP news agency reported on Wednesday that among the dead were at least 105 children.

According to the National Weather Service‘s Climate Prediction CentreSierra Leone had been in the midst of a particularly wet rainy season, with the capital city of Freetown, in the Western Area of the country, experiencing 41 inches (104 cm) of rainfall leading up to the mudslides since July 1, 2017 – nearly tripling the area’s seasonal average. From August 11 to 14, Freetown received three consecutive days of downpours, which led to severe flooding in the city and its surrounding suburbs. Read more »

DBN Board meeting
DATE: July 24, 2017 CATEGORY: News

170724_DBN Board)On the 24th of July 2017 Don Bosco Network Board met in SDB General House in Rome to plan DBN work for 2017/2018. Fr Guillermo Basanes – Counsillor for the Missions, Bro Jean Paul Muller – Economer General, Fr George Menamparampil – SDB Mission Department, Peter Annegarn – DBN President, Alessandro Brescia DBN Treasurer, and Wojciech Mroczek – DBN Coordinator attended the meeting. Joanna Stozek handed over her Presidency duties to Peter Anegarn during the meeting.

DBN Newsletter July 2017
DATE: July 6, 2017 CATEGORY: Advocacy, News

org3Dear Members of the Salesian Family!

After five years of service to DBN I handover the position of the President of the Board of Management to Peter Annegarn. Thank you so much for your cooperation over the past years. In particular thank you for your openness and every good word. Confronting the understanding of DBN, which was shaped over the last years, I would like to underline once more that DBN is an organization at the service of the Salesian Congregation. It is not a superstructure that usurps the right to manage others, but it is a body that supports others to communicate better together and meet on the planes where they can work together to achieve the goals set by the Congregation. This is not the direction I chose, but the fundamental decision of all the DBN members that formed the network. Therefore, let us not be afraid of each other, but let’s take advantage of opportunities that we can offer to each other.

I hope we meet again, at latest in heaven!

Joanna Stożek, DBN PresidentRead more »

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