All the World a Village

Less than a year after super-typhoon Haiyan wreaked widespread destruction across the Philippines this past November, positive signs of progress have emerged from the rubble. Much of this progress can be credited to the hard work and determination of our Salesian missionaries -- who are leading...

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Nourishing Bodies and Minds Around the Globe

Right now in Madrid, Spain, our missionaries are providing hot meals to more than 50 girls and boys attending programs at a Salesian center in the city. Hit particularly hard by the economic decline, these children’s families are struggling to meet basic financial demands -- and are having to...

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Education: Paving a Path Toward Peace

More than three years after the outbreak of war in Syria, little children breathe an air of sadness and pain. Their homes, families and innocence have been brutally torn from them by continued and horrifying violence; their futures literally smashed apart.  In cities around the war-torn country,...

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Preparing the Visually Impaired for Work, and Life

In Thailand, the visually impaired inhabit the margins of society. Millions of men, women and children have literally been cast aside -- deemed “third-class” citizens incapable of meaningful work. In the capital city of Bankok, Salesian missionaries are preparing previously marginalized young...

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Addressing the Global Water Crisis

Here in the developed world, we take water for granted. Readily available from municipal pipes or backyard wells, we drink it, bathe in it, and brush our teeth in it -- all without fear of becoming ill. Unfortunately, for 783 million people around the globe without access to a clean water source,...

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Catastrophic flooding in the Balkans impacts 1 million people

Never before in 120 years of recordkeeping has the Balkan region experienced the amount of rainfall seen in the past few weeks. Entire villages are under water. Mud slides have wiped out homes, schools and other buildings. Dozens have been killed and hundreds of thousands are homeless.In Bosnia,...

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From Misery to Stability in Madagascar

“This is misery, not poverty.” So describes the plight of Madagascar’s people - by Bishop Rosario Vella, a Salesian missionary in Ambanja, Madagascar. This island nation of more than 22 million people is one of the poorest in the world - where education is not guaranteed, and illiteracy tops...

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Overcoming Physical Disabilities in Cambodia

According to a 2013 UNICEF report, children with disabilities are significantly less likely to complete their education than their peers - a situation that directly correlates to ongoing unemployment, endemic poverty and poor health. In Cambodia, Salesian missionaries are working to ensure that all...

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