Training Unemployed Youth in Laos

Despite boasting one of East Asia’s fastest-growing economies, Laos struggles to offer adequate and meaningful employment opportunities for its youth. According to the World Bank, as many as 96,000 young people are in search of jobs in a given year. This is why, in the rural community of Vieng...

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Shattering Gender Stereotypes in Tanzania

“Many people think that only boys can become electricians,” says 21-year-old Grace. “I am happy to disappoint them.” With help from Salesian missionaries in Dodoma, Tanzania, a growing number of young women like Grace are shattering gender stereotypes through their participation in...

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Cradling the Dreams of Indigenous Children

Nestled in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, the indigenous region of Iaureatê, Brazil may be remote — but the afflictions of civilization certainly are not: alcohol smuggling, drug trafficking and substance abuse regularly threaten traditional values and destroy the family structure. Here,...

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A New Generation of Environmentally Committed Citizens

What can we do to protect and respect God’s astonishing creation…the planet Earth? At times, any effort seems futile; the constant barrage of bad news — worsening smog, melting polar ice, floating islands of plastic waste — is disheartening. In India, the “Don Bosco Green Alliance” is...

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Feeding Starving Street Children around the Globe

Due to ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, recession in Europe, natural disasters in Asia and Africa, and many other factors, more and more children have nowhere else to live but on the street. In more than 130 countries around the world, Salesian missionaries have vowed to rescue as many...

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Through Water, Dignity

On March 22, Salesian Missions joined the international community in recognizing World Water Day — an annual event highlighting the increasingly critical challenges surrounding the availability of safe, clean water. With an estimated 2.1 billion people now lacking access to this essential...

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Excelling Through Poverty

Fourteen years ago, young Eduardo Menjivar Valencia had no choice but to drop out of school and work on his parents’ farm near San Pablo Tacachico, El Salvador. Then, an unexpected opportunity transformed his life — one that has permanently lifted him, and his family, out of poverty. A bright...

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After the Hurricane, Ready to Face any Challenge

“If there’s a way to help, we’ll always find it.” So says Sister Magna Martinez, a Salesian missionary serving at Colegio Maria Auxiliadore (Mary, Help of Christians) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. More than six months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, Sr. Magna and her colleagues...

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