Transforming Sierra Leone’s Children

“Look, I already understand: it is not Fambul that changes boys; it is Don Bosco, because he has already changed me.” That wisdom, combined with old-fashioned persistence, earned young Osman a place at Don Bosco Fambul — and with it, the potential to transform what once promised to be a grim...

Read Full Story
Sparking Children’s Curiosity in Myanmar

It sounds like something out of a movie: a young missionary, serving amid an isolated rural tribe, saving a newborn’s life and forever ingratiating himself to the people. Yet this is exactly what Father Charles Sau Thi Han Lwing did more than a decade ago. This single act — a true manifestation...

Read Full Story
Restoring Dignity to Victims of Abuse

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been plagued by intense, brutal conflict for more than 20 years. More than five million people have died — with as many as 1,000 casualties per day, according to some estimates. Sadly, those who survive face collateral humanitarian crises that further...

Read Full Story
Good Things in Small Packages: New Hope for Children in the Slums

In 2009, inspired by the spirit of Don Bosco, a young Italian named Massimiliano Schilirò launched his personal vocation: to travel the world, as simply and as humbly as possible, in order to learn about, advocate for, and improve the circumstances of marginalized children and families. This past...

Read Full Story
Addressing Chronic Hunger on a Global Level

A staggering one in nine people worldwide go to bed hungry and many are in imminent risk of starvation. Environmental and economic conditions have created an unprecedented food-shortage crisis in more than 50 countries worldwide. Worse, due to skyrocketing costs and pervasive poverty, far too many...

Read Full Story
Providing Tools for Success

Growing up in the suburbs of San Salvador, El Salvador, young Carlos faced a grim future. And it’s no wonder: as one of the most violent countries in Central America, El Salvador has entrapped nearly 60,000 young people into gang-related and other criminal activity that becomes almost impossible...

Read Full Story
Hope for People Arriving at Mexico’s Border

At the height of Central America’s migrant crisis, tens of thousands of people from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras fled to the United States border, desperately seeking refuge from brutal violence and unbearable poverty. In 2016 alone, nearly 47,000 unaccompanied children (and more than...

Read Full Story
Bringing Dignity to the Slums of Santiago

Dozens of families live on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile, crammed into “Camp Giappone” — a filthy shantytown built with materials scavenged from a nearby landfill. “You can breathe the segregation and inequality here; it’s as acrid as burning garbage,” observe our Salesian...

Read Full Story