About Us

About Us

Thank you for visiting. It is through the kindness and generosity of caring people like you that we are able to inspire the world's most desperate children, needy families and struggling communities.

Who We Are

We are comprised of nearly 30,000 Priests, Brothers, Sisters and novices serving in the spirit of our founder, Don Bosco, an Italian Catholic priest who devoted his life to fulfilling the needs of orphans and vulnerable children. Since our beginnings in 1859, the Salesians of Don Bosco has become the second largest order in the Catholic Church.

What We Do

We enable poor and suffering children to live better lives and build brighter futures. We operate more than 5,500 schools and youth centers, serving more than 1 million children; more than 80 colleges; more than 90 clinics and hospitals; more than 330 orphanages and shelters; and a wide variety of social and economic development activities. We are regarded as the single largest provider of vocational and technical training in the world. And when disaster strikes, we are among the first on the scene with relief supplies, temporary housing and medical care.

Where We Work

We have an active presence in more than 130 countries spanning five continents. Our work takes us to some of the most impoverished and dangerous locations on the planet. We serve in big cities with thousands of homeless and runaway children. And we reach out to remote corners of the globe that have been forgotten and neglected by the rest of society. Quite simply, we work where we're needed most.