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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Helping Girls Reclaim their Futures in Angola

They are sisters in misfortune: the hundreds of orphaned, abandoned and abused girls and young women living on the streets of Luanda, Angola. Surrounded by garbage, dust and the harsh realities of having to search for food while fending off gangs, traffickers and violence, it’s nearly impossible...

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So That It May Not Happen Again

It’s impossible to see, or to understand, the deep emotional scars hidden behind their stoic expressions. And yet, for those who survived an exceptionally brutal civil war in the Ivory Coast, the lasting traumas of their experiences remain far too real. In Duékoué, our Salesian missionaries...

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Pathways to Employment for Marginalized Youth in India

With more than 440 vocational training centers located in all 29 of India’s states, the Don Bosco Tech Society (DBTS) is comprised of the largest non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to preparing marginalized youth for long-term employment and financial stability. At a recent job fair...

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Fixing for a Brighter Future in Nicaragua

With approximately 30 percent of the population, or 1.7 million people, living below the official poverty line, Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. While the reasons are many and complex, the number of high school dropouts—up to 44 percent in the first few years alone—is...

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