“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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From a Life of Despair … Into a Future of Hope

She arrived with nothing but the shoes on her feet and the clothes on her back. At just 17 years old, she had already endured displacement, destitution and discrimination at levels that no one should ever have to experience. She had slept on the street, begged for money and engaged in petty theft...

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New Program Plants the Seeds of Hope in Ghana

Youth migration—and the poverty that drives it—is a key concern for Salesian missionaries serving in Ghana. Here, a budding agricultural project promises to cultivate a new generation of skilled farmers whose capabilities will command a decent salary, contribute to their country’s sustainable...

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Overcoming Adversity in the Solomon Islands

In the poverty-stricken community of Ranadi, a suburb of Honiara in the Solomon Islands, overcoming economic adversity is an uphill battle for families—one often fought, and lost, in the trash heaps of the local dumps. Destitute parents often keep their children out of school to help them dig...

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Changing the Life of a Young Migrant

She is the daughter of a migrant worker who bounced back and forth between Morocco and Italy during her most formative years. As a child, Fatima never dreamed she could overcome the social, cultural and language barriers she faced in her adoptive country…until one compassionate teacher helped...

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Tracing the Pattern for Brighter Futures

Despite being a country rich in oil, millions of people in the Republic of Congo—nearly half the country’s population—live in abject poverty. And, despite concerted governmental efforts to combat discrimination, girls and young women suffer the additional effects of gender inequality, which...

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Critical Health Care Changes Lives

Young Nataly could have died from the tumor growing undetected in her left leg. Fortunately, her aunt’s foresight led this 17-year-old to a health clinic run by Salesian missionaries in Quito, Ecuador—and she now walks without pain, grateful for her second chance. Born in Pesillo, a rural...

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Planting Seeds of Hope in Argentina

“Dreaming big” isn’t typically something that youth in Rodeo del Medio do. In this rural agricultural community of just over 12,000 people, where employment opportunities are few, students often see little point in studying or remaining in school—an attitude that fuels the kind of prolonged...

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