Peru 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.
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 »
“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.”
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 »
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 >>
On the 16th of January 2017 Don Bosco Network Board met in SDB General House in Rome to discuss DBN work plan for the coming year. Fr Guillermo Basanes – Counsillor for the Missions, Fr George Menamparampil – SDB Mission Department, Joanna Stozek – DBN President, Peter Annegarn – DBN Vice President, Alessandro Brescia DBN Treasurer, Katarzyna Kucik DBN Secretary General and Wojciech Mroczek – DBN Coordinator attended the meeting.
They discussed relations between PDO’s, Mission Offices and NGO’s, Emergency Response Mechanism prepared by DBN, feedback from General Council and Mission Offices meetings and future plan of work of the Network: DBN working groups meetings and Advocacy meeting in March, plans for next, General Assembly meeting 30-31 May 2017 in Brussels, new members and finances.
Meeting of the Salesian Mission Offices took place from 12th till 14th of January 2017 at the General House in Rome. It was organized by the Department of Missions in cooperation with the Economer General and gathered about 60 participants. Participants shared about coordination between Mission Offices, participation of the laity in the Mission Offices, volunteering and digital marketing. DBN President and DBN Coordinator joined on the last day of the meeting, presenting brief information about DBN, possibility of using DBN website with project data base, volunteers information, PDO platform and possibility of close cooperation between Don Bosco Network and Mission Offices. The three-day conference was chaired by Fr George Menamparampil and Fr Martín Lasarte, both of the Missions Department. Assembly started with the address of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime.
In each one of us, as members of the Salesian Family, there is a desire to change the world for better, more friendly for young people. Driven by this desire, we act not only locally, but we are as well taking part in the initiatives on a global level. This time, in addition to cooperation in crisis situations, we have also included a Response to the Agenda for Sustainable Development till 2030, which was developed in cooperation with and on behalf of the Salesian Congregation. The objectives defined in the Agenda 2030 are in themselves good and consistent with what we do, especially in the field of education. I am sensitizing, however, to look at it critically, paying attention to the fact that the Agenda also includes elements which are not in agreement with our faith. In our actions, let us remember as well that we do not preach Sustainable Development Goals, but we proclaim Jesus Christ crucified. And even though we join in social work, our first goal is to proclaim the Gospel, from which good works follow, for it is the Gospel that gives our actions substance and meaning.
We realized this was the sole request of everyone we interviewed, praying for peace. It became clear what we were really set out to do here – relate Michał Król, Fr Roman Sikoń SDB and Darek Malejonek (Polish Singer) from Salesian Missionary Voluntary Service – Youth for the World (Poland) who have spent week in Syria. In choosing not to immerse ourselves in the convoluted political situation Syria found itself in, we focused instead on the lives of ordinary civilians and the Salesians who were trapped in the jaws of daily war, we also met with hundreds of young Syrians at the Salesian youth center who inspired us with their kindness and authenticity. They too did not hesitate to ask us to keep them in our intentions and prayers.
24-26 October 2016 members of Don Bosco Network and representatives of G5 Mission Offices met at the Salesian General House in Rome for the annual General Assembly meeting to discuss the next steps of the network development.
Representative of all Don Bosco organizations present at the meeting: Salesian Missions – USA, Via Don Bosco – Belgium, Jovenes y Desarrollo – Spain, VIS – Italy, SWM – Poland, Don Bosco Mondo – Germany, Missioni Don Bosco – Italy, BoscoNet – India, Don Bosco Jugendhilfe Weltweit – Switzerland, agreed unanimously that the future of the Network belongs to the stronger coordination and joining individual efforts of the organizations and partners under the one umbrella of Don Bosco. Read more »
Hurricane Matthew, one of the most catastrophic tropical storms of the past decade, has hit Haiti very hard. At least nineteen people have died. This is a Category 4 storm with winds that have reached a speed of 230 km per hour. The southern part of the country was the part most affected by the hurricane. The Salesians are safe and well, but the community at the entrance of the southern city of Les Cayes suffered considerable damage, although the buildings were able to withstand the strong winds.
The hurricane has stunned the entire country. All Haitian schools will remain closed until next Monday 10 October. Now the storm is heading for the Bahamas and the South East of the United States. The presidential elections in the country scheduled for next Sunday have had to be postponed. The Salesians have also had to postpone the celebrations for the 80th anniversary of their arrival, originally scheduled for yesterday 5 October.Read more »
Every 5 October since 1994, UNESCO has celebrated World Teachers’ Day. Nowadays the teacher “has become a much criticized figure.” Speaking of teachers, Pope Francis has said they are “craftsmen of humanity! And builders of peace and of encounter” and he insisted, saying:” If only governments were aware of the magnitude of their task!” On the occasion of this World Teachers’ Day, the NGO “VIA DON BOSCO” decided to “draw attention to the right to access to education around the world.”
Students in Belgium are relieved at the sound of the bell after class but millions of children and adolescents around the world have no one to save them from “the well-known difficult conditions for teaching, such as overcrowded classrooms, or schools without teachers” says Christopher El Khazen, head of education for development of the NGO Via Don Bosco.Read more »
Juan Carlos Montenegro working with volunteers in SDB SUO province as part of his Doctorate studies prepared a research about Salesian Volunteer Experience. This is a capsulized summary of a global research by former Salesian volunteers. The survey was taken by 438 volunteers from 28 different countries. These volunteers served in 66 countries between 1980 and 2015, which gives us an extensive data of the scope of global Salesian volunteer programs. You can view the document in the link below.
The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants expresses the political will of world leaders to save lives, protect rights and share responsibility on a global scale. At the UN Summit on 19 September, world leaders elaborated on how each country will implement these commitments. Refugees, migrants, those who assist them, and their host countries and communities will all benefit if these commitments are met.
Salesians are in the frontline with regard to migrants/refugees, with special regard to young people and unaccompanied minors, as we are present in more than 130 countries around the world and we are in direct contact with the most vulnerable. Our concrete contribution besides being in those countries next to the people in need, is also to contribute in the elaboration of policies that can be effective and which can help in building up a more just and equitable world for all. As this is today one of the major issues tightly linked to poverty and conflicts, as also highlighted in the Agenda 2030 and in the SDGs, we consider it one of the arenas in which the Salesian charism can contribute, also in response to the words of Pope Francis inviting all to join efforts for fighting the unbalance of the present world.Read more »
In 1 year anniversary of acceptance by United Nations of Sustainable Development Agenda till 2030, Don Bosco Network is launching A Salesian Response to 2030 Agenda underlying commitment of Don Bosco organizations to the advancement of “poor and abandoned youth”. We welcome the agenda and present our recommendations to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals, making sure that no one is left behind and that all the Rights of young people, especially the Right to Education, are being respected by all the Stakeholders. This response has been approved by the SDB General Council and will be presented in the coming months by Don Bosco organizations to international institutions (UN, EU) and respective countries’ governments. You can read and download the document in different languages in the links below. For more information contact Don Bosco Network Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the 9th of September 2016 Don Bosco Network Board met in Krakow to discuss current work progress and preparation for DBN General Assembly meeting which is planned on the 24th-26th October 2016 in Rome. Meeting was hosted by SWM in Krakow. Fr Guillermo Basanes – Counsillor for the Missions, Fr George Menamparampil – SDB Mission department, Joanna Stozek – DBN President, Peter Annegarn – DBN Vice President and Wojciech Mroczek – DBN Coordinator attended the meeting.
On the 29th of August 2016 Angel Gudina representing Don Bosco International attended strategy meeting on the situation of children in migration. The meeting took place in the UN House in Brussels. EU, UN organizations and many international NGOs attended the meeting in order to prepare UN Summit, EU Councils and other civil society events on this issue.
This initiative is calling for attention that children travelling with their parents suffer the same conditions as adults including detention by immigration authorities. There are serious Children’s Rights concerns in these situations.
You can view the materials and documents from the meeting on our website resources.
From 25th to 31st July 2016 over a million of young people gather in Cracow to celebrate the World Youth Day with the Holy Father and reflecting on the main theme: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy”. You can follow the current updates and the programme on the official website: http://worldyouthday.com
In connection to the WYD Salesian Youth Movement gather from the 27th of July 2016, you will find relevant information and photos on the website: http://krakow2016sym.pl/en/
The High Level Political Forum (HLPF) took place at UNHQ in New York, July 11-20, 2016. Fr Thomas Brennan, representing Salesian Missions at UN together with other faith based organizations, prepared 2 advocacy events: The Human Right to Water and Sanitation and Eliminating the Trafficking of Children and Youth.
You can find more information about the events in our website resources.
(Rome, July 15, 2016) – Between Sunday and Monday last, thousands of frightened people sought refuge in the Salesian mission at Gumbo, 8 km from the centre of Juba, in South Sudan, because of the resumption of armed clashes. Now the mission is home to a huge number of people: between 5,000 and 8,000 by day, a number that increases at night because many return there to sleep. And they need everything: food, water, basic necessities.
In Gumbo explosions and gunfire were heard clearly, especially in the afternoon and evening of Monday 11 July even after the cease-fire by both sides had been proclaimed. “Gunfire, bursts of machine gun and bullets rose into the sky like fireworks. Within a short time the shooting came from all directions, and even approached our compound,” according to Salesian missionary Bro. James Comino.Read more »
I am happy to share with you that thanks to the great openness of DBN members, General Council, Salesian Mission Offices and other Don Bosco institutions we are able to move forward with our cooperation for the good of the young people worldwide. Synergy between Salesian Family organizations in the field of Human Rights and Advocacy as well as Development Cooperation are good signs that as Don Bosco organizations we can work together to realize Don Bosco mission for young people in the present World. Our strength is in working together.
Social communication in modern world changes very fast and we need to adapt ourselves quickly. Our new website is a modern tool of safe exchange of information, learning experience, materials and resources; we present it at the service of Don Bosco organizations: NGOs, PDOs, Mission Offices worldwide. We encourage you to use it.Read more »
At its 32nd session (concluded last week), the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted a resolution on”Youth and Human Rights“. IIMA and VIDES substantially contributed to the text of this resolution. After years of work, finally, this is the first resolution ever adopted by the HRC on the theme of youth and paves the way to future initiatives of the HRC on the topic. This achievement may encourage all of us to continue our work with and for young people. You can view the resolution in our website resources.
Floodwaters and landslides in Sri Lanka have forced hundreds of thousands of people to leave their homes, report agencies. At least 37 people have died and 21 are missing after three days of incessant rains and destructive landslides. “As Salesians we are here to help the people in desperate need although we ourselves are also suffering just as much as the people in general,” says Fr Joseph Almeida, provincial of Salesians in Sri Lanka.Read more »
On the 16th of April 2016 7.8 Magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, more than 600 people died, and 14,000 are displaced. SDB community in Manta suffered damages to the buildings. Salesians are assisting the affected people with emergency relief help. Don Bosco Network supported the local SDB province and PDO to establish good communication channels with the donors. For more information visit Ecuador SDB province website: http://www.salesianos.org.ec/ and you will find all the current updates, reports and materials in the link Familia Salesiana Solidaria.
Don Bosco Network Development Cooperation and Development Education Working Groups meeting took place in Cracow on the 7th-8th of April 2016. Representatives of the salesian NGOs and Mission Procures worked on the common emergency response, PDO capacity building, synergy in development education and possible areas of cooperation.
We are writing to inform you that unfortunately the Horn of Africa is facing another incredible drought and famine emergency due to El Nino climate event, that is affecting many African countries like Somalia, Northern Kenya and Ethiopia. The current emergency is even worse that the last of 2011 and till now there is not enough communication about it in the international media. The UN Dispatch has defined it has the worst drought in 60 years, affecting harvests, livestock and of course human beings.
Today, more than 10.4 million of Ethiopian people in different regions are affected by this severe drought, and this is documented by official international documents (OCHA – UN, and others). Read more »
January 29th, Don Bosco Network and Don Bosco International hosted in Rome the third annual advocacy planning meeting of the Salesian Family.
The meeting gathered over 20 representatives of Don Bosco Networkorganizations (VIS – Italy, SWM – Poland, Via Don Bosco – Belgium,Jovenes y Desarrollo – Spain), Don Bosco International, Don Bosco Youth Net, representatives of the SDB General Council – Fr Gulermo Basanes, Fr Fabio Attard, Fr Eusebio Muñoz – Delegate for the Salesian Family, Fr. José Pastor Ramírez – Delegate for the Past Pupils, Renato Cursi from the Youth Ministry Department, Patrizia Gonzales and Ana Muñoz from the Salesian Mission Procure in Madrid, Cynthia Cichocki from Don Bosco Mission Bonn, Fr Thomas Brennan – SDB representative in the UN, Fr Joy Nedumparambil from BREADS, India and Irfan Arif – human rights activists from Pakistan.
Don Bosco Network is monitoring emergency flood situation in India. INM Madras province is mainly affected. Thanks to quick reaction of Fr George from Bosco Net, we have detailed information on the damage to the Salesian Communities and SDB relief activities.Chennai city has been experiencing incessant rainfalls last month. The lakes and rivers were are all inundated and now with day before yesterday’s heavy downpour up to 62 cms on a single day, they are all overflowing. These resulted in serious damage to the roads and residents areas causing floods, thus disrupting the functions of normal life. Airports have been shut, buses and trains have been stopped and next departure have been postponed indefinitely. Many people have lost their belongings and are not able to cook their daily food, more than 260 have died.Read more »
We have just released our periodic Newsletter. In this edition we share, inter alia, about the meeting of DBN Board with Rector Major, DBN meeting with Mission Procures (G5) in New Delhi and closing ceremony of Casa Don Bosco on EXPO. Newsletter has been distributed to all Salesian provinces, PDOs, Mission Offices, institutions as well as our partners and friends. You can browse all 6 language versions in the links below:
Wojtek Mroczek, DBN Network Coordinator participated in Mission Procures (G5) meeting that took place from 6 to 8 November 2015 in New Delhi. This was the next step in the process of opening and strengthening communication and cooperation of the Network with the other organizations and institutions of the Salesian Family.
Last Thursday, October 29 there was an official handing over of the keys of Casa Don Bosco to the young people of Ukraine.
In the presence of the Commissioner General of EXPO, Bruno Pasquino, the Operation Manager of the Pavilion, Dr Ercole Lucchini, symbolically handed over the keys of Casa Don Bosco to Fr Yurij Smakous, SDB, Secretary and Delegate for Communications of the Salesian community in Ukraine. It was also an opportunity to toast the future, wishing the best to the Salesians throughout the world who strive daily to spread the educational method of Don Bosco. Don Bosco Network was an official partner of the salesian pavillon Casa Don Bosco on EXPO 2015
We should share information, projects, we should strengthen and foster communication – said Rector Major Ángel Fernández Artime while visiting Don Bosco Network Board Meeting that took place in Rome on Saturday, October 10, 2015.
DBN Board, including Peter Annegarn from VIA Don Bosco Belgium, Fr. Manuel de Castro from Jovenes y Desarrollo Spain, Fr. Guillermo Basañes Councilor for the Missions and two Don Bosco Network staff members met to discuss the current activities connected to the emergency response, upcoming advocacy meeting of the Salesian Family and further development of the Network under one DON BOSCO umbrella. Rector Major Ángel Fernández Artime passed his greetings and shared a few words of encouragement.Read more »
On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders committed to 17 goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty.Fight inequality & injustice.Fix climate change. Sustainable Development Goals that will govern the international action in the post-2015 period were adopted by the UN member states. >> Read more about the SDGs
MDGs vs SDGs
There are 17 sustainable development goals with 169 targets in contrast to the 8 Millennium Development Goals with 21 targets. The complex challenges that exist in the world today demand that a wide range of issues is covered. It is, also, critical to address the root causes of the problems and not only of the symptoms.Read more »
“I also appeal to you Provincials, to ask you with the urgency that you can determine, perhaps with your councils, what each province can do and what you can ask every community and parish to do, to be ready to accept migrant families in our works. We pay particular attention to unaccompanied minors and young people. We should also host one family, four or five people. With a little from everyone we can do a lot, in cooperation with local churches and the local area.”
We encourage you to read the letter sent to the Provincials of Europe by the Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, concerning the refugee emergency. Read the letter here>>
The petition to name the human right to water and sanitation in the political Declaration of the Post-2015 Development Agenda we as DBN endorsed in May 2015, appeared to be successful!
On Sunday, 2 August, United Nations Member States unanimously agreed on the final text that will be adopted by Heads of State at the UN Summit to adopt the Post 2015 Development Agenda in late September. The Post 2015 Development Agenda will shape official development policy for the next 15 years. The Agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 6 on universal access to water and sanitation.
School year has started! Sadly despite the global effort to ensure education for all, still 121 million children and adolescents do not attend school. SAVED BY THE BELL is this amazing initiative of VIA Don Bosco to raise the awareness of our kind, their parents and teachers about the education difficulties their peers experience all around the world.
In developing countries more than one child in four does not finish the last year of primary school. These are mainly young people from poor families, especially girls, and young people from rural areas. Also, ethnic minorities and young people with disabilities are often excluded from the education system. Worldwide, 250 million children cannot read, write or count. Nevertheless, half of them have followed basic education.
It is not enough to show only compassion for the fate of these young people, deprived of quality education. Action is needed! We must demand that Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is respected everywhere: “Everyone has the right to education”.
As citizens it is our duty to not only show our solidarity with students and teachers around the world, but also to let our voices be heard. Together we request those in power to emphasize on the necessity of better access to quality education and the resources needed to achieve this.