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Mozambique

Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world, with 70 percent of those living in poverty living in rural areas and relying on farming and fishing to make a living. The vast majority of this population lacks basic services such as access to safe water, health facilities and schools.

Half the population lives in poverty and a shortage of trained teachers has hampered efforts to open new schools in the past.

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Build primary & secondary schools

Because the best way to combat poverty is through education and skills training, Salesian missionaries are working to provide education and social development services that would otherwise not be available in Mozambique. This is especially critical with more than 45 percent of Mozambique’s population younger than 15 years old. Through education, youth not only break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families, but also create far-reaching positive effects for the entire country.

At the Don Bosco Higher Institute at Maputo, Salesian missionaries operate the only professional teacher training program in the country. Partially funded by the Spanish Cooperation, it is the only teacher training center in Mozambique recognized by the Ministry of Education for the training of teachers of professional schools. The teacher training program was developed in the 2006-2007 academic year at Don Bosco Higher Institute and was made possible through a collaboration between the Salesians, the Spanish foreign ministry, the government of Mozambique and the Youth of the Third World organization.

Provide technical & vocational training

Salesian missionaries operate several vocational training centers in Mozambique. Vocational training helps youth living in poverty gain the skills needed to find and retain long-term stable employment.

In Inharrime, north of the capital city of Maputo, Salesian missionaries have a vocational training center that educates 300 students a year in four different course programs. More than 30 boys who attend the school stay in Salesian housing on campus because they live too far from the school. Across the street from this center, Salesian sisters with the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians educate 2,300 students in primary and secondary school and pre-university classes. A boarding house is home to 120 girls, including 50 orphans, who live there while attending school. Students who attend Salesian education and vocational training programs often find jobs fairly quickly after graduation.

Operate colleges & universities

In the southern town of Namaacha, Salesian missionaries have operated a college for both men and women for decades.

When the country gained independence in 1975 and was run by a communist totalitarian regime, Salesian missionaries were forced to leave and abandon their work at the college. Only one Salesian missionary was allowed to remain. Brother António Pedrosa, now 85 years old, was accepted by the regime because he was not a priest.

Bro. Pedrosa had to wait nearly 20 years before he could once again be joined by his fellow Salesian missionaries. They were allowed to return in the early 1990s, which marked the end of the regime and the civil war in Mozambique. Missionaries still operate the college today along with other vocational training programs.

Deliver essential equipment & supplies

Thanks to a collaboration between the Salesian Institute in Rome, Italy and Schneider Electric Foundation, five international projects run by Salesian technical and professional schools aimed at sustainable human and social development are being funded with a total donation of 2 million euro. Schneider Electric Foundation is the charitable arm of Schneider Electric, a European multinational corporation that specializes in electricity distribution, automation management and the production of installation components for energy management. In Maputo, funding will allow the purchase of new equipment and materials for students, and an energy update program will be set up for teachers and students.

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WORLD FOOD DAY: Salesian Missions Highlights School Feeding Programs, Agricultural Education in Fight against Hunger

NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Oct. 16, 2015) Salesian Missions joins the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and other organizations around the globe in honoring World Food Day.

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