“Don’t Suffocate Our Future!”

“Don’t Suffocate Our Future!”
DATE: May 3, 2019 CATEGORY: Advocacy, News

Young people across the world are today raising their voices in anger protest! They are legitimately upset because their lives and their future are being adversely affected by climate change, pollution and a variety of other environmental factors.  As they demand change, they also pledge to make the necessary changes in their own lives to improve the environmental scenario.  These sentiments of young people are well described by Pope Francis when he says: “Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded.” (LS 13). Further, the Pope states that “young people have a new ecological sensitivity and a generous spirit, and some of them are making admirable efforts to protect the environment” (LS 209).Read more »

Mozambique – Cyclone Idai: “A disaster of great proportions”
DATE: March 23, 2019 CATEGORY: Emergency, News

After weeks of torrential rains and floods, a large area between Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi has been hit by Cyclone Idai. Although the official figures are still being updated, the situation on the ground is defined as “terrifying”: over 200 victims already registered, but the estimates speak of more than 1,000.

Of the three countries affected by the fury of the cyclone, Mozambique is probably the hardest struck. The communities of the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in Mozambique, despite not having homes in the tragedy’s epicenter, are mobilizing to assist the victims by providing food, clothing and basic necessities, as well as their prayers.

In the coastal city of Beira, 90% of the buildings have been destroyed or damaged, while most of the population is displaced. Also severely damaged are sections of the hospital and the city’s most important access roads. The port is only partially operational, but still allows for the arrival of aid by sea. Other central provinces of Manica, Zambezia and Tete have also been affected by floods, as well as part of the northern part of Niassa. Many of the inland villages have remained isolated and still inaccessible to relief efforts.Read more »

Don Bosco Side Event at the 57th Session of the Commission for Social Development 2019
DATE: February 21, 2019 CATEGORY: Advocacy, News

 TVET Initiative and Circular Migration – A Critical Intervention for Empowering Young Migrants.

Mr. Agostino Sella, Director, Associazione Don Bosco 2000 – TVET/CNOS speaking at the Youth led side event during the 57th Session of the Commission for Social Development 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York highlighted the critical and important role the Salesians of Don Bosco was playing to empower young migrants by providing them employment oriented vocational training. This process he said enabled young migrants to acquire skills that they could then use to empower their communities in their countries of origin. Calling this process “Circular Migration” he said that such an intervention is important in addressing the global challenge of migration. Agostino was one of the panelists at the side event: Youth Empowered! Enabling Youth Through Social Protection: Education, Employment, Environment. Read more »

Sixth Advocacy meeting for the Salesian Family organizations
DATE: February 12, 2019 CATEGORY: Advocacy, News

On 11 and 12 February, coordinated by Don Bosco Network with the support of Don Bosco International and Don Bosco – United Nations, the annual gathering of organizations dealing with advocacy and campaign with a Salesian approach has taken place for the sixth time. The meeting was presided by Fr Guillermo Basañes, Missions Councillor, and Fr Fabio Attard, Councillor for Youth Ministry. This edition dealt with several fixed points: sharing 2018’s advocacy initiatives, working in common topics, such as Migrations, human-trafficking and Sustainable Development Goals; but also with a few novelties: two representatives of Don Bosco Green Alliance presented their ecological initiative rooted in Laudato Si’ and youth engagement, while AFW province sent a representative, Benson Osei-Savio Boateng, for the “DBYNWA” (Don Bosco Youth Net West Africa), who shared their many activities in the field, and so for the first time counted on the presence of African representatives. The last novelty was the visit on the morning of the 12th to the Vatican Dicastery of Human Integral Development, in order to get to know their work and see possible synergies with the different socio-political initiatives they are carrying out.

The meeting ended with the exchange of best practices and materials in the field of Development Education. The advocacy meeting grows year after year, as well as the number of joint initiatives developed together.

World Conference of Salesian Mission Offices
DATE: January 19, 2019 CATEGORY: News

The World Conference of Salesian Mission Offices is being held from 16-20 January at the “Domus Urbis” House in Rome.  90 people are taking part – 68 Salesians, 1 FMA and 21 lay people from 54 Provinces and 45 countries. The Conference has been organised by Fr George Menamparampil, SDB, Coordinator of Mission Offices. Don Bosco Network is actively taking part in the conference.