Mission News

Global Battle Against Hunger

In East Timor, poverty is rampant and hunger is a daily fact of life. Most families rely on subsistence farming and rice cultivation as their primary source of food and income. But because of drastic weather patterns and other threats—such as pests and crop disease—that are beyond their...

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Innovative Technology to Track Homeless Youth

No one really knows how many kids roam the streets of Santiago, Chile—because they are notoriously difficult to find. Today, thanks to an innovative, award-winning tool created by staff at Fundacíon Don Bosco, case workers can literally see where they are—and deliver critical, personalized...

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Advice for Girls in South Africa: “Aim higher!”

Innocentia Vilakazi is a woman in a man’s world: a successful welder who helped build Mbombela Stadium—home to South Africa’s 2010 FIFA World Cup—as well as the imposing Medupi Power Station in Limpopo. She’s also an instructor at the Don Bosco Educational Projects (DBEP) in the suburbs...

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“Thank you for the clean water!”

Picture this: a steady stream of women, laboriously approaching a foul-smelling pool of water, each carrying an empty 20-liter bucket on her head. Taking turns, they plunge their containers into the mire—filling them to capacity before hauling 44 pounds of contaminated water home to their...

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Press Releases

INDIA: Salesian Missions donors provide funding for sheet metal and mosquito netting to make beds for students

Constructing new beds for students enables them to get better rest and be more prepared for school. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Dec. 5, 2019) Salesian Missions donors have partially funded a project to help provide sheet metal and mosquito netting to construct 120 beds for poor youth at St. Anthony’s...

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: Salesian Missions highlights programs that promote inclusivity and remove barriers to education

Programs in Cambodia, El Salvador and Ghana illustrate the Salesian commitment around the globe to ensuring equal access to education for people with disabilities. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Dec. 3, 2019) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian...

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WORLD AIDS DAY: Salesian Missions highlights programs that provide HIV/AIDS education and health services

Programs in India, Ivory Coast and Uganda illustrate the work of Salesians around the globe who are providing services and supports for those affected by HIV/AIDS.    NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Dec. 1, 2019) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian...

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UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY: Salesian Missions highlights educational initiatives that bring hope to children around the globe

Salesian programs in Ethiopia, Guatemala, India and Nigeria ensure that youth are able to access the education and social programs they need to have hope for the future. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Nov. 20, 2019) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian...

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News Coverage

(National Catholic Register/CNA) SOUTH SUDAN: “Even our schools have become refugee camps”

National Catholic Reporter article about Pope Francis’ call for peace in South Sudan includes interviews with Salesian missionaries working on the front lines of ethnic and religious conflict. WAU, South Sudan (May 5, 2019) Excerpt: “During the crises, it is the Church that people look to for a...

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(Crux/Catholic News Agency) The pilot bishop of the South Pacific

GIZO, Solomon Islands Jan. 8, 2019 Known as the “flying bishop” of Solomon Islands, Bishop Luciano Capelli visits Catholics across dozens of islands by piloting a small airplane he also uses to deliver food and medicine. Capelli, an Italian, was a Salesian missionary in the Philippines for 35...

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(Catholic News Service) Pope says priests must be “men of joy” and says St. Bosco is “best” example

VATICAN CITY Jan. 31, 2019 (Excerpt) A priest must be able to see the people around him as his children, as brothers and sisters, and must be willing to risk everything for them out of love, Pope Francis said in his morning homily. In fact, the best example of this kind of priest is St.Read more...

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Salesian Priest Kidnapped in Yemen Details Ordeal in New Rochelle Talk

NEW ROCHELLE, NY Sept. 12, 2018 (Excerpt) A chaplain to the Missionaries of Charity Sisters in Yemen at that time who was also serving Catholics there on a religious visa, Father Uzhunnalil, now 60, was abducted March 4, 2016, after a group of gunmen barged into the care home for the elderly run by...

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