A New Road for Young Refugees, Paved with Kindness

“Where will I go?” It’s a question 14-year-old Saïdi wishes he didn’t have to ask. Having endured a frightening escape from the Taliban in Kabul, and a dangerous journey across the sea, this young Afghan craves stability. Still, he knows the opportunities afforded him at the Don Bosco...

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Hope and Refuge for At-Risk Girls in Sierra Leone

Young Aminata has inherited so much from her grandmother and mother: her expressive eyes, the shape of her face, her quiet manner. But she has also inherited something else — something she isn’t proud of, yet sees no way of escaping: a dehumanizing profession that provides barely enough money...

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Shining Light on Mandalay’s Homeless Youth

The streets of Mandalay, Myanmar are no place for a child. Yet today, hundreds of girls and boys — some as young as four years old — call it their “home.” At the Don Bosco Friend of Youth Center, Father Peter Myo Khin and six dedicated staff offer an oasis of love and opportunity toRead...

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A Second Chance for Street Children

Not long ago, they begged, stole and struggled to survive on the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — sniffing glue to dull the daily misery of hunger, exploitation and abuse. Now, thanks to a partnership between the Salesians and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), these young...

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Redemption from “Hell on Earth”

At Pademba Road Prison in Freetown, Sierra Leone, more than 1,800 young men cram into a dark, filthy space designed for just 300. If they’re hungry, they must wait for their single daily meal of cassava leaves and rice. If they’re thirsty, they may not find relief. Far too often, water is so...

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Maison Marguerite: A Place of Rebirth

Justine was just 16 years old when she was kidnapped, tortured and held against her will by a rebel soldier in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Two months later, pregnant and afraid for her life, Justine sought help from Goma’s Division of Social Affairs. Now, she and her beautiful new...

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Feeding Minds and Bodies in El Salvador

In El Salvador, countless people fall asleep on empty stomachs: children, the elderly, and other vulnerable people who simply can’t afford to eat. Salesian missionaries in the capital city of San Salvador are easing their hunger — and offering rays of hope — for hundreds of impoverished...

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Healing the Painful Legacy of Civil War in Sierra Leone

If not for the grace of God — and the intervention of our Salesian missionaries — young Suntia may not be alive today. At the Don Bosco Girls Shelter in Freetown, Sierra Leone, her future was reborn. Growing up, Suntia endured the painful legacy of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war — a war in...

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