Combating COVID-19: Answering the Call around the World

“Time is of the essence,” Marlou Madrio wrote in a recent Facebook post. “There are only 1,253 commercial ventilators in the Philippines, 153 of which are in Metro Manila. We are 105 million Filipinos with only an 89,000 hospital bed capacity.” Madrio, an alumnus of Don Bosco Technical...

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Safeguarding the Health of Homeless Youth

“We know what it means to be in quarantine, to be afraid to go out on the street, to see people die during the epidemic. We lived with Ebola.” These are the words of Father Jorge Mario Crisafulli, director of Don Bosco Fambul in Freetown, Sierra Leone—an organization that served on the...

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A Volunteer’s Story in East Timor

Before converting to Catholicism as a young adult, Keith Collins may never have given a thought to the phrase, “finding Christ in the face of a child.” After heeding the call to volunteer with the Salesian-affiliated Cagliero Project last year, however, this now-retired mechanical engineer...

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Hands-on Solutions to a Challenging Issue

Their hands once clenched weapons. Today, they extend hope. Guided by Father Jesús Bolaño at the Don Bosco Vocational Training Center in Cali, Colombia, these former child soldiers are now making face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Initially, these young men and women arrived at...

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Feeding the Multitudes Amid Lockdown in India

On March 25, 2020, India’s government placed the country in full lockdown in order to address the looming threat of COVID-19. By most accounts a necessary response, the decision nonetheless gravely affected those who were already living in adversity. Immediately, Salesian missionaries leapt into...

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An Oasis of Opportunity for Youth

With more than half its population under the age of 15, Eritrea is perhaps one of the world’s “youngest” countries. Yet it’s also one of the poorest. Hindered by an inadequate educational system and few employment opportunities, most residents rely on subsistence farming in order to...

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Small Miracles, Immeasurable Impact

Each year at this time, Salesian Missions launches the Loaves and Fishes campaign—which leverages the power of our global partnerships and the generosity of our donors. The value of donated relief goods such as food, clothing and medicine is multiplied fourteen times over. Support for this...

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Matching Education with Market Need

Nearly 40 percent of Cameroon’s 25 million residents live below the poverty line—and every day, almost 4 million face food insecurity. Just outside the capital city of Yaoundé, an updated, state-of-the-art training program run by Salesian missionaries promises to address these challenges—by...

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