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Escaping Poverty Through Tea

“This project has been a miracle!” So says Lawrence Kerketta, a former tea laborer in the Indian province of Assam. Having once earned less than $1 a day -- an amount that left him unable to cover his family’s basic expenses -- he now owns and operates a modest tea garden that provides income...

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Helping Migrant Children in Adversity

Every day, in impoverished countries around the globe, the same scene plays out over and over: driven by political chaos, violence and dire poverty, desperate parents make the gut-wrenching decision to send their children -- sometimes their only children -- away, sincerely believing they will find...

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Help Share the Bounty this Thanksgiving

It’s hard to imagine: going days -- even months -- with barely anything to eat. Yet according to the United Nations, 805 million people around the globe do just that, because they do not have regular access to adequate food. While erasing chronic hunger will take a worldwide effort, Salesian...

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Devastating Drought in Guatemala

The Guatemalan government has declared a state of emergency after a devastating drought has ravaged the crops -- and livelihoods -- of more than 256,000 families. In a country already battling one of the world’s highest rates of chronic under-nutrition in children under the age of five, the...

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Mentoring and Internships for Visually Impaired

Founded in 2001 by the Salesians, the Pinardi Federation of Madrid, Spain, has long fostered job skills training and work preparation for society’s most vulnerable youth. Now, a new agreement with the Atresmedia Foundation further expands this mission to include the visually impaired.

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Don Bosco Students ‘Pay it Forward’ in the Solomon Islands

More than a decade ago, the film character Trevor McKinney “invented” a bold new idea: the act of paying good deeds forward. Today in the capital city of Honiara, Solomon Islands, students at the Don Bosco Technical Institute are doing just that -- by fabricating and delivering critical items...

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Giving Hope to Children in Crisis

According to United Nations estimates, more than 150 million children worldwide are living outside the care of their families. While the reasons are many (domestic abuse, natural disasters, and loss of a parent to war or disease top the list), their options are few. In Colombia -- as in the more...

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New Hospital Brings New Hope in South Sudan

Four years after Salesian missionaries first envisioned a new hospital for the people of Tonj, South Sudan, it has officially opened. Completed thanks to a collaboration with the Italian youth volunteer organization TonjProject Onlus -- founded by a Salesian priest in Lombardy -- and the generosity...

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