Mission News

Our Clean Water Initiative is Changing Lives in India

In the Ahmednagar district of India’s Maharashtra state, several years of insufficient rainfall have all but depleted the region’s groundwater reserves — which means that thousands of people struggle to access safe drinking water. Today, thanks to a Salesian-sponsored “Water for All”...

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Brighter Futures at Kakuma Refugee Camp

After witnessing her family’s brutal murder by militants, young Soieso fled the Democratic Republic of Congo and never looked back. Now living at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, she is learning a trade that will help rebuild her life and her country, thanks to Salesian missionaries. Since 1993,...

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Flooding in Kerala
After the Floods, Help for Kerala Victims

This past August, the worst monsoon season in nearly a century devastated India’s southern state of Kerala. The unrelenting rains triggered catastrophic flooding and mudslides that killed more than 400 people, and forced more than 600,000 men, women and children from their homes. Immediately —...

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Developing Life Skills through Sports

From the moment he first began working with young, marginalized youth living on the streets of Turin, Italy, Saint John Bosco understood the transformational power of recreation in their lives. “Let [children] have full liberty to jump, run and shout as much as they please,” he said. “[Sports...

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Press Releases

Salesians reflects on Haiti, eight years after devastating earthquake

Salesian Missions was instrumental in coordinating fundraising and relief efforts during the initial aftermath and continues to assist with rebuilding of schools and other infrastructure. NEW ROCHELLE, NY & PORT-AU-PRINCE HAITI (Jan. 12, 2017) On Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, exactly eight years after the...

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Student volunteers from Salesian universities arrive in Tijuana

Salesian Center in Tijuana has been providing services to migrants and poor youth living on the border as well as refugees from Haiti TIJUANA, MEXICO (Jan. 5, 2017) In December 2017, a group of Salesian university student volunteers from different locations across the United States, accompanied by...

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Salesian Missions reports on progress in Nepal

Immediately following the earthquake, an emergency fund was launched to assist Salesian missionaries in Nepal. To date, 10 schools have been built and equipped in small villages in the Kathmandu valley. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Dec. 12, 2017) Salesian missionaries have continued to rebuild schools and...

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Special report: Human Rights Day

In honor of Human Rights Day, Salesian Missions highlights its unique educational programs that are helping poor youth around the globe NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Dec. 10, 2017) Salesian Missions joins the United Nations and other organizations around the globe in honoring Human Rights Day, celebrated each...

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News Coverage

(Crux) Preparing for pope, young Chileans say they’re glad he wants their views

SANTIAGO, CHILE Jan. 8, 2018 (Excerpt) The playground at the Salesian-run school is filled with children in brightly colored swimsuits, laughing and screaming as young Catholic volunteers spray them with water in the 100-degree summer sunshine. The children range in age from 6 to 12. They are...

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(Crux) Salesian priest remembers the day Father Tom was kidnapped in Yemen

MUMBAI, INDIA Dec. 15, 2017 (Excerpt) Salesian Father George Muttathuparambil received the phone call at 11:15 in the morning on March 4, 2016. Sister Sally, the mother superior of the Missionaries of Charity center in the Yemeni port city of Aden, was in a state of shock on the phone. The other...

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Global Sisters Report: Where gangs are family, job training offers chance to escape violence

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA Dec. 14, 2017 (Excerpt) It’s not the gangster language itself that worries Sr. Ana Maria Mainero, a Salesian Sister of Don Bosco. What worries Mainero is when young children start using those words, signifying their uneasy relationship with neighborhood gangs. Words like...

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(Crux) Salesians use anniversary of Indian shrine to reflect on mission to youth

MUMBAI, INDIA Nov. 16, 2017 (Excerpt) The church was built in the city’s Matunga neighborhood in 1957 by Italian Salesian Father Aurelius Maschio, who modelled it on the famous church in Turin bearing the same title.  The Salesians already operated Don Bosco High School in the same neighborhood,...

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