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Emergency

Everyday somewhere in the world the earth is shaking, heavy rains cause the rivers flood the fields and villages, typhoons and hurricanes devastate the land, draughts destroy the crops depriving people of their basic needs. Only some of these break into global news because of their extend range and severe impact on the great number of people’s lives.

Salesian communities present in 132 countries in the world deal with these calamities and their effects on a regular basis. Most of the times, when the disaster affects limited area, communities and provinces respond locally. But in some cases, when the emergency hits with a great force like it happened in Haiti in 2010, in Philippines in 2013 or in Nepal in 2014, there is a need for international response and solidarity involving other Salesian provinces, Salesian organizations, institutions as well as private and public donors supporting the affected population in all phases of emergency relief, reconstruction and rehabilitation.

Since 2013, Don Bosco Network has been established by the Rector Major a focal point coordinating global emergency responses of the Salesians. Joining the efforts of many Salesian NGOs, Mission Offices and other partners, we do everything we can to provide fast and accurate help in case of emergency.

NEWS

India – Worst monsoon season of the century: over 400 dead in Kerala
DATE: August 21, 2018 CATEGORY: Emergency, News

In recent hours more than 23,000 people have left their homes, the violence of the storm has already caused over 400 victims and devastated more than 5,000 homes.

Kerala has suffered devastating floods before but, according to meteorologists, last week the rainfall intensity was 250% higher than average. The local government did not act promptly and it was necessary to drain the water from too full basins, opening the dam gates. The exact extent of the damage is still difficult to calculate, a clear idea can only be had when the waters totally withdraw. According to local premier Pinarayi Vijayan at least 83 thousand kilometers of roads are devastated, while about 20 thousand houses and some 40 thousand hectares of cultivated fields have been destroyed, reports the ANSA news agency.Read more »

India – Kerala flood death toll rises to 87, Salesian institutions hit
DATE: August 16, 2018 CATEGORY: Emergency, News

Flash floods in Kerala have killed 87 people and displaced around 36,000 according to Indian officials, after heavy monsoons led to landslides and overflowing reservoirs across the southern state. Also the Salesians institutions in central Kerala are flooded. “We are unable to do anything due to incessant rain” the Salesians working there say.

Kerala, famed for its pristine palm-lined beaches and tea plantations, is battered by the monsoon every year but the rains have been particularly severe this season.

An incessant downpour battered Kerala again on Wednesday, resulting in 28 more deaths and more destruction and forcing authorities to issue a red alert across the southern state. With these deaths on Wednesday, including five of a family, the death toll since August 8 climbed to 67.Read more »

Don Bosco Network Newsletter – June 2018
DATE: June 25, 2018 CATEGORY: Advocacy, Emergency, News

Dear Members of the Salesian Family!

The Don Bosco Network has been very busy the last few months with a number of important meetings and events (which are summarized below in this newsletter). The good news is the cooperation and networking between Salesian Family or-ganizations is improving. Only when we work in synergy, mutual trust and support we can ensure that the Don Bosco mission for young people will be longlasting and sustainable with great positive impact in the lives of young people worldwide.

We are happy to welcome a new member to DBN: SAVIO from Slovakia. We are happy to see great interest from other Salesian organizations to cooperate and network with us through our online platform and other programs and projects. With a new board of directors and a new strategic plan for next 3 years, we hope to be of even better service to the Don Bosco mission. The main focus points for us in next 3 years are:

1) communication and synergy (including the online platform);

2) capacity building (PDOs, TVET…), effective support to SDB in emergency situations and training on prepared-ness for natural disasters; and

3) advocacy, development education and missionary ani-mation.

Thematic working groups are effective tool to achieve good results and impact.

I would like to conclude with a phrase from our mission state-ment: Youth at the heart of development! Let us remember this in all our activities.

With Kind Regards,

Peter Annegarn, DBN PresidentRead more »

DBN Newsletter December 2017
DATE: December 7, 2017 CATEGORY: Advocacy, Emergency, News

P_Annegarn[1]“Dear Members of the Salesian Family!”

With these words Joanna Stożek addressed all in the newsletter of last July. As the new President of the DBN, I would like to use the same welcoming words in this final newsletter of the year, because we are all brothers and sisters in the same family! Looking back at the last year, I would like first to express again my thanks to Joanna. I hope to be a worthy successor to her. Secondly I would like to thank all of you for your dedicated work and cooperation in the projects and actions undertaken on behalf of young vulnerable persons in many countries, especially those in emergency situations. I think that we can be proud of the  way we are helping young people to “stand up” and, often, to recover their dignity. I am sure that many are looking enviously at our work, in particular our data-base developed and coordinated  by Wojciech. DBN was established to respond to the needs of young people but  this would not be possible without the active partnership  with the Salesian Congregation. Therefore we are happy to adopt our new DBN logo, expressing our partnership with the Salesian Congregation. It is not only a sort of ‘convenience’, but it is an expression of real cooperation! I hope that in the coming year we will continue to make progress along the lines  which  the logo expresses. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and I send you and your families my best wishes for 2018.

With Kind Regards,

Peter Annegarn, DBN President

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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 »

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