Peru Emergency: The Salesian Missions Office in Peru supports a national emergency

Peru Emergency: The Salesian Missions Office in Peru supports a national emergency
DATE: March 20, 2017 CATEGORY: Emergency, News

Foto 1-  PiuraPeru is experiencing the negative effects of climate change, in particular due to the torrential rains of recent weeks. This weather phenomenon is causing major emergencies, disasters and floods in Piura (in the north) and other regions of Peru. In recent weeks, heavy rains and landslides (floods with water, stones and mud), hit the southern and central zones, including Lima, the capital. According to official figures the death toll is 62 people and 11 remain missing.

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Don Bosco Network Working Group meeting 13-15 March 2017
DATE: March 14, 2017 CATEGORY: News


13 – 15 March 2017 Don Bosco Network is hosting in Salesianum in Rome a set of Working Group meetings. The representatives of various Salesian organizations: Via Don Bosco – Belgium, VIS – Italy, Missioni Don Bosco – Italy, SWM – Poland, Don Bosco Missions – Germany, Don Bosco Mondo – Germany, Jovenes y Desarollo – Spain, BoscoNet/PARA – India, Don Bosco International and Salesian Past Pupils, gathered to share experiences, materials, best practices and plan effective cooperation in various fields of work and support to Salesian Mission worldwide.Read more »

South Sudan – Famine has been declared and hundreds of families seek help from the Salesians
DATE: March 6, 2017 CATEGORY: Emergency, News

“The image of Ethiopia in 1984, with children emaciated to the extreme, and over a million deaths from lack of food, have remained in the minds of many Westerners as a reminder of a terrible word: famine” – Carlos Laorden.

 “There are cases of deaths from starvation. We do not know how many, because we have no access,” says Luca Russo, Special Adviser to the FAO, referring to the current situation in South Sudan. In this catastrophic situation, the Salesians continue to stay with the people.

The limited resources of the Salesians are not sufficient, but are helping to alleviate famine in parts of southern Sudan. Hundreds of families flock to the Salesian houses in search of shelter and food, as they do not feel safe in the midst of violence and it is impossible to buy food, due to high inflation and drought.

The top priority of the Salesians in recent years has been caring for  displaced people fleeing from violence and coming to the Salesians in search of safety and food for their children. However, the situation has worsened in recent weeks because of the famine.

Fr Shyjan, SDB says “Our Salesian communities are working hard to serve everyone. Unfortunately, the Salesian House in Morobo was temporarily closed because of violence, looting and the destruction of our mission.  At Gumbo, we have two camps for internally displaced persons, with capacity for 1,000 families (about 10,000 people), but we also help hundreds of families who are starving because of the crisis. Our centres at Mori, Mafao, Mogri, Belyngang and Niseethy also need constant help because food prices have increased by 1,000% and it is impossible for people to buy even the bare essentials.”

In Wau also, the Salesians are serving thousands of internally displaced persons fleeing violence. Fr Shyjan says, “Over 2,500 people are being accommodated in our church enclosure and our parish also reaches thousands of displaced persons located in several other locations within the city.”

Kenya – Don Bosco Mission in Korr helping areas affected by drought
DATE: March 6, 2017 CATEGORY: Emergency, News


Salesian Missions, Don Bosco Mondo and other members of Don Bosco Network have launched an emergency fundraising effort to support missionaries assisting people affected by severe drought in Kenya. The government of Kenya has declared the country’s devastating drought a national disaster, with an estimated 2.7 million people in urgent need of food aid as a result of lack of rain and a worsening water shortage.

Salesian missionaries with the Don Bosco Mission in Korr—located in the north central region of Kenya— have already begun providing food relief with the limited means available. Right now, missionaries are providing milk, maize flour, wheat flour, oil and salt, which must be brought in from the community of Isiolo more than 142 miles away from Korr. Salesian missionaries are also providing access to clean, safe water from boreholes that have been dug. With food and water supplies running out, Salesian missionaries must rely on donations and financial support to assist with this crisis.Read more »

The Team Visits begin, starting with South Asia
DATE: February 28, 2017 CATEGORY: News

Team Visits, an instrument of animation by the Rector Major and the General Council, had already started in Chennai – India. It is the first of the series of seven visits which will take place in the coming months in the seven Salesian Regions. Read more here >>