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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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Education and New Hope in Guinea

Although Guinea boasts a wealth of mineral and agricultural resources, its people are among the poorest in West Africa - often forced to survive on less than $1 a day. In the west-central region of Kankan, Salesian missionaries are working on behalf of Guinea’s youth, improving their future...

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Overcoming the Odds in Peru: Children of Lead Project

As a young child living in the slums of Puerto Nuovo, Peru, little Alvaro happily played in the shadow of shipping barges -- never knowing the danger lurking in the air he breathed, or in the soil beneath his feet. These barges carried one of Peru’s largest exports, lead. And the nearby mines...

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Giving Hope & Dignity through Water & Electricity

On March 22, global leaders, communities, and individuals marked World Water Day with a slate of activities highlighting the growing need for fresh, clean available water. More than 768 million people worldwide lack access to reliable water sources. This need is especially urgent -- and Salesian...

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Empowering Girls to Live Independently

In Mexico’s capital city, nearly 240,000 children -- many of them girls -- live in profound poverty on the streets. Robbed of their basic rights and dignity, and with little hope of attending school or earning a living, these girls face a bleak future. Through the “Yolia” program, Salesian...

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New Industry and New Hope for Youth in Colombia

In a country where six million people live in extreme poverty -- and where one in five children lacks access to school -- the youth of Colombia face futures with little opportunity. By fostering connections among vocational training, sustainable development and long-term skilled employment,...

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