Improving Lives One Pair of Shoes at a Time

In poor communities throughout the globe, children arrive at school in tattered shoes or bare feet (often after walking long distances). This can be a shameful and difficult experience that affects their ability to learn. But thanks to the generosity of TOMS Shoes—in partnership with Salesian...

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Cambodia Update: New Vocational School Brings Hope

As we reported last month, Cambodia is in desperate need of more schools to educate its impoverished youth. The new Don Bosco Vocational Center in Kep – which officially opened on March 7 – is a major step forward and brings hope and opportunity to youth in need.In a country where one out of...

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World Water Day: “Water, water everywhere…”

“Water, water everywhere, only if we share” was this year’s theme for World Water Day, recognized internationally on March 22nd. The Salesians are taking those words to heart as we deliver life-saving water supplies to impoverished communities.In the African village of Kong, Togo, families...

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In Cambodia: Waiting for a Chance

The Don Bosco Technical School in Sihanouk Ville has been flooded with requests from orphans and poor children who desperately want to attend school and learn a trade. But because of limited funds, many of them are still waiting for that chance.It’s a crisis our Salesian missionaries are working...

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In India: Girl Rescued from Child Marriage

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...

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Lay Missioner Journal: The Courage to Make a Difference

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...

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Lay Missioner Journal: A Lifelong Dream Come True

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.

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In Guatemala: An Educational Revolution

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...

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