Clean Water for Tanzania

In Tanzania, safe drinking water is scarce. Residents who do not live near one of the country’s three major lakes — Victoria, Tanganyika, or Malawi — must rely on water that is often contaminated with toxic waste. This situation disproportionately affects the more than 18 million people who...

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Scoring New Opportunities for Migrant Youth in India

In India, approximately 450 million people — or 37.5 percent of the country’s population — have streamed from the rural countryside into major cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata in recent years. Most of these “internal migrants” are between the ages of 16 and 40, searching for better...

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Natural Disasters Wreak Havoc

As Hurricane Irma barreled through the Caribbean and toward southern Florida, our missionaries in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Belle Glade prepared for catastrophic destruction. Thankfully, the Salesian-run programs in Irma’s path — and the children and families they serve...

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From the Streets of India to School in Illinois

Orphaned and just 10 years old, Sanjoy was “rescued” from the streets of Kolkata by a family who ultimately used him as a domestic slave. Unpaid, unfed, and emotionally and physically abused, Sanjoy saw no choice but to run away. He returned to the streets, living among the countless other...

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Building Better Lives for Youth in DRC

In Bukavu, a city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the streets are filled with homeless children. These desperately poor girls and boys wash windshields, carry luggage, beg and sometimes even steal in order to feed themselves. It’s a heartbreaking situation that our Salesian missionaries...

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Growing a Better Future for Ghana’s Youth

George almost left his home country of Ghana for the uncertain promise of better opportunity in Europe. Now, this 33-year-old former Salesian student aspires to teach other young people how to grow a more sustainable future at home. “I have a great and wonderful dream: eating what I cultivate,...

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Helping Youth with Disabilities Succeed

Children with disabilities are significantly less likely to complete their education than their peers. This directly correlates to ongoing unemployment, endemic poverty and poor health. In Lima, Peru, Salesian missionaries are working to ensure that all students, regardless of physical ability, can...

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Improving the Health and Future of Child Laborers

They have no rights. They don’t go to school. They are poor, malnourished, and subjected to overwhelming physical demands that many adults could not handle. They are the “children of the mines” in Mbuji-Mayi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) — where our Salesian missionaries have launched...

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