Empowering Women to Build Better Lives

To be born female in Burundi is to be born an inferior citizen: one likely to suffer a lifetime of poverty and oppression from which it is virtually impossible to escape. Motivated by the conviction that all people deserve a chance for a better life, Salesian missionaries in the rural northern...

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Opening Their Hearts to a Promising Future

In picturesque Nkhotakota, Malawi, Africa — a community of 33,000 nestled on the shores of Lake Malawi — local children spend their free time wandering the city streets. Drawn by their bright smiles, Polish volunteer Patrycja Nabor recently introduced herself to a group of these girls and boys....

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Food and Water for Kenya

As a catastrophic drought continues to worsen and spread in Kenya, the Nairobi government has declared a national disaster. With livestock and agricultural crops wiped out, millions of men, women and children literally teeter on the brink of starvation. With the generous support of our donors,...

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Addressing Poverty through Clean Water

It’s impossible to imagine cooking with — let alone drinking — water from the toilet. According to the United Nations, 1.8 billion people today rely on a source of drinking water contaminated with human or animal waste — which drastically increases their risk of contracting cholera,...

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Madagascar: The Future Begins with Youth

Madagascar is a country rich in natural resources -- oil, diamonds and gold -- yet its people are among the poorest in the world. In fact, 92 percent of the population lives on just $2 per day: a situation so unimaginable that the United Nations ranks the nation 154 out of 188 on its Human...

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Transforming Buildings, and Transforming Lives

In 2013, Don Bosco Kep -- a Salesian-run vocational training center in southern Cambodia -- first opened its doors to students living with disabilities. Today, thanks to assistance from USAID’s Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (USAID/ASHA), the center has become the country’s...

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Victims of Haiyan on the Road to a Brighter Future

November 8, 2013 will forever live in the painful collective memories of the Filipino people -- for on that day, Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) extinguished the flame of hope for thousands of its youth. Today, a unique partnership between the Salesians and Porsche has reignited that fire -- and with it,...

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Education Brings Marginalized Youth Out of the Shadows

They are the forgotten. They are exploited. These outcasts are the former child soldiers, runaway youth, forced laborers, and abused youngsters who are living in the margins of society in the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.). Robbed of their rights and their education, they held little hope of...

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