He Changed Their Lives

For nearly 50 years, Father Javier de Nicolo was a brightly shining light for thousands of gamines -- “street children” -- of Bogotá, Colombia. Despite the many challenges of his work, Fr. Javier’s decades of dedicated service remained firmly rooted in his deep conviction that all children...

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In Sierra Leone, a Village is Reborn

In the aftermath of the devastating Ebola epidemic that swept through West Africa last year, new hope is blooming in a particularly hard-hit village of Sierra Leone. Nurtured by the safe, clean water of a newly installed well, this hope may prove transformational for the village’s tenacious...

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New Opportunities for Unemployed Youth in Spain

Today, to be young in Spain is to live a life far removed from the romance and hope its culture evokes. Facing a devastated economy and poor employment prospects, the aspirations of youth in the country are challenged by an uncertain future. Despite these obstacles, however, Salesian missionaries...

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A New Beginning for Homeless Youth

For millions of homeless and abandoned youth around the world, it is but one of the many insidious and heartbreaking consequences of living on the streets: substance abuse. Facing the almost unimaginable daily horrors of physical and emotional violence, rampant exploitation, forced labor, poor...

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Promoting Inclusive Learning in India

In India, an estimated 10 percent of children in school -- sometimes as many as two or three per classroom -- struggle with a learning disability. Although recent efforts have focused on raising awareness of this critical issue, much work remains to be done. To this end, a new program pioneered by...

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New Tools and New Hope for Haiti’s Youth

In Haiti, it often takes just one person to pull an entire family out of poverty -- a fact that young James knows all too well. Having recently graduated from a Salesian-run vocational training program, he was fully prepared for employment in a profession that could truly transform his, and his...

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Salesian Missionaries: Always Ready When Disaster Strikes

This past August, an unusually active summer monsoon season unleashed nature’s full fury on the people of Myanmar. Relentless and torrential rains triggered devastating floods and destructive mudslides that killed more than 100 people and drastically changed the lives of one million more. While...

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Bringing Humanitarian Aid (and Hope) to Refugees

“How can we not help and support them?” These are the words of Father Cristobal Lopez, Salesian provincial of Mary Help of Christians in Seville, Spain. He refers to the millions of refugees fleeing war, violence and other horrors at home -- the men, women and children who journey to other...

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