From Violence to Hope: Empowering Young Women in Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, violence against women runs rampant -- while sadly, its perpetrators often remain above the law. Beaten, trafficked, forced into marriage (or worse), girls as young as 13 regularly fall victim to what becomes a lifetime of torment and despair -- with no hope of protection. The...

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The Democratic Republic of Congo: Training Medical Professionals

“The Democratic Republic of Congo is the worst country to be a mother,” asserts a new humanitarian report.  The findings include a staggering statistic: One in 30 women will likely die as a result of maternity-related complications. At the Salesian-run Don Bosco Center in Goma-Ngangi, a new...

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Haiti: Four Years Later

Four years after a massive earthquake left Haiti in ruins, Salesian missionaries continue to work with those in need -- leading ongoing reconstruction efforts as well as assisting families and children who still require shelter, warm meals and clean water. And, thanks to the caring support of...

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Philippines: Rebuilding After the Typhoon

In the wake of widespread devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in November, the Salesians in the Philippines are working together to launch an exciting new project to reconstruct entire villages. “Adopt and Rebuild a Community” (ARC) will involve local residents on four...

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Central African Republic: The Crisis Continues

Since our first report on the Central African Republic, the situation in the capital city of Bangui remains grave.  Sadly, even little children are now being recruited into armed conflict -- or worse. Many have suffered gruesome attacks. As the violence approaches unprecedented levels, Salesian...

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Emergency in South Sudan

“May Jesus, the Prince of Peace, touch the hearts of leaders, commanders and politicians to make responsible choices in favor of the suffering people and the good of this new nation.” This is the prayer of Salesian missionaries serving in South Sudan -- where escalating violence threatens to...

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Fr. Edward Cappelletti, SDB (1921-2013)

 Fr. Edward Cappelletti, SDB1921-2013We mourn the passing – and celebrate the life –of a true hero to the poor and needy.As a young Salesian priest in the 1950’s, Fr. Edward Cappelletti had a vision. Assigned the task of raising funds through a small missions development office in New...

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