Note: photo changed to protect this child.On February 13th, friends of 16-year-old Shoba (not her real name) notified Don Bosco Childline that the young girl was about to be forced into marriage. Our social workers only had one week to intervene before it would be too late.Child marriages are a...Read Full Story
Lay Missioner Journal: The Courage to Make a DifferenceMarch 14, 2013
When Lorena Zamora said goodbye to everything and everyone she knew and loved in the States, it was one of the hardest things she had ever done. But her experience as a Salesian Lay Missioner in the impoverished region of Okinawa, Bolivia, has been the most rewarding by far.Her favorite assignment...
Lay Missioner Journal: A Lifelong Dream Come TrueFebruary 13, 2013
Ever since she was a child, 24-year-old Grace Loeffler felt a calling to serve the impoverished children of Africa. At last, the young nurse from Pennsylvania is living her dream as a Salesian Lay Missioner in Maridi, South Sudan, where she is volunteering at a new hospital.
In Guatemala: An Educational RevolutionFebruary 13, 2013
What started as a simple Salesian effort to provide spiritual support to remote villages neglected during a civil war, has grown into an educational revolution that is training hundreds of teachers and giving thousands of impoverished children the chance to break free from poverty.The remarkable...
In India: Flood Victims Give ThanksFebruary 13, 2013
“Don Bosco came to us in our trouble and cared for us much more than anyone else,” exclaimed a farmer who lost his entire livestock and farm after devastating floods struck Dambuk, India, in September.Without warning, relentless and unforgiving rains swelled the Dibang River and wiped out...
In Chile: Mother and Children Rescued from DespairJanuary 18, 2013
Rose Queipul was at rock bottom when she was found by Salesian outreach staff in Santiago, Chile. The 40-year-old woman was living in an abandoned car and her battered body showed years of neglect, poverty, abuse and homelessness.What’s worse, she had two children by her side.Fortunately, her...
Traveling 7 Hours a Day for a Salesian EducationJanuary 18, 2013
Rebecca is a student at the Don Bosco Senior Secondary School in Gumbo, South Sudan. She shows up every day at 8:30 a.m. with an enthusiastic attitude and an eager desire to learn. You would never know that she’s been up since 4 a.m. and spent the past three hours traveling to school.
In South Sudan: Giving Hope to the Afflicted!January 18, 2013
They have been cast away by their extended families and communities and are forced to live in isolation. But a weekly shipment of food and other necessities brings smiles to the ‘Lepers of Laicok’ (as they refer to themselves).