At Don Bosco City, Child Laborers Find New Hope

For more than 54 years, Salesian missionaries at Cuidad Don Bosco (Don Bosco City) in Medellín, Colombia have worked hard to rescue thousands of youth from violence and exploitation. Juan David was one of them. Now a law student at the Latin American Autonomous University, this former street kid...

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Helping Small Businesses Survive the Pandemic

The global impact of COVID-19 on small businesses has been devastating. Lockdowns, restrictions and drastically reduced volume have meant that countless proprietors around the world teeter on the brink of permanent closure. For women in Bukavu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the...

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Positive Steps Toward a Future of Inclusion

An estimated one billion people—roughly 15 percent of the world’s population—live with some form of disability. Despite the progress borne of strong advocacy, full inclusion—in the educational system, in job training programs, and in society itself—remains elusive, especially for those...

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Apprenticeship Program Drives Positive Change

In the past 20 years, Thailand has shown considerable economic growth and, according to the World Bank, has reduced the national unemployment rate from 21 percent to nearly 11 percent. However, many youth from poor communities still struggle to receive the comprehensive education and training they...

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Mohamed’s Second Chance

In Tanzania, 69.7 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, including Mohamed. After struggling in school, Mohamed was forced to drop out and work on the streets selling second-hand items to support himself. Then he discovered the renewable energy training program offered at the Don...

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Positive Steps in the Fight Against Hunger

Taking the lead from Pope Francis’ recently published Laudato Si, an eco-encyclical imploring Catholics around the world to embrace and care for our Earth, the Salesian Youth Center at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Cebu, Philippines created the #LetsPlantPositivity initiative.  The initiative...

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Clean Water Brings Improved Health

Don Bosco College in Golaghat, Assam, India provides advanced education, housing and the opportunity to build brighter futures for 300 marginalized students. Thanks to generous donations to our Clean Water Initiative, these young men and women also enjoy better health. When Don Bosco College began...

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Educational Opportunities for Women in South Sudan

In South Sudan, women and young girls disproportionately bear the burdens of overwhelming poverty. With more than 83 percent of the country’s population living on less than $1 a day, women regularly must abandon their dreams of an education in order to help support their families. In response,...

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