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Salesian Missions is headquartered in New Rochelle, NY, and is part of the Don Bosco Network—a worldwide federation of Salesian NGOs. The mission of the U.S.-based nonprofit Catholic organization is to raise funds for international programs that serve youth and families in poor communities around the globe. The Salesian missionaries are made up of priests, brothers and sisters, as well as laypeople—all dedicated to caring for poor children throughout the world in more than 130 countries and helping young people become self-sufficient by learning a trade that will help them gain employment. To date, more than 3 million youth have received services funded by Salesian Missions. These services and programs are provided to children regardless of race or religion. Our Press Center is a key source of information for journalists, donors, organizational partners, funders and the public. In addition to the releases below, photographs and video from the field can be made available to journalists and partners upon request.

Salesian Missions also operates, as a service to the public and the news media. The purpose is to provide information and insight about Salesian programs around the globe and news related to global humanitarian issues. News from and about Salesian Missions can also be found on ReliefWeb, the leading humanitarian information source on global crises and disasters operated by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

U.S. Media Representative:
Laura Perillo
[email protected]
Twitter: @SM_Newsdesk

To request interviews or ask to be included on our media distribution list, please contact Laura Perillo. Photos and b-roll are also available upon request. We may also able to assist journalists working for U.S. media outlets who are working abroad or planning trips to cover humanitarian-related news stories.

In addition to the press releases provided here, country-specific information is available in the Where We Work section of this website. Additional information is available to the media upon request.

BURKINA FASO: The Don Bosco Center in Bobo-Dioulasso has new solar water pump for clean water access thanks to funding from Salesian Missions ‘Clean Water Initiative’

The “Sun Helps Us Succeed” solar water project ensures students and their families have access to clean drinking water.    NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Aug. 26, 2020) The Don Bosco Center in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, has clean drinking water powered by solar electricity thanks to funding...

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SOUTH AFRICA: Salesian Missions funding supports food relief in Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa

Salesian missionaries are ensuring youth and their families have their basic needs met during the pandemic.   NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Aug 24, 2020) Salesian missionaries, with the Salesian Planning and Development Office in Johannesburg, South Africa, were able to provide food support to Salesian...

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WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY: Salesian Missions highlights humanitarian assistance in the face of the coronavirus pandemic

Programs in Burundi, India, Malawi and Peru illustrate the work of Salesians around the globe that support this year’s theme, which is focused on humanitarian work during the pandemic. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Aug. 19, 2020) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco,...

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TANZANIA: Renewable energy program at Don Bosco Center in Dodoma ensures a young man has a second chance at education

The projects at the three Don Bosco training centers are contributing to increased access to quality technical training on renewable energy in Tanzania.  NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Aug. 18, 2020) Mohamed Athumani struggled in school until he entered the renewable energy course at the Don Bosco...

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TIMOR-LESTE: Salesian Missions donors provide Don Bosco Foundation funding for food support in response to coronavirus pandemic

Over three months, a total of 1,174 beneficiaries were supported through these relief efforts.   NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Aug. 18, 2020) Don Bosco Foundation in Timor-Leste was able to provide food support for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic thanks to funding from Salesian...

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INDIA: Salesian Missions donor supports programs for youth at Don Bosco Snehalaya

Donor funding ensures poor youth receive education, nutritional support, clothing, toiletries and medical care at Don Bosco Snehalaya. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Aug 17, 2020) Programs for youth at Don Bosco Snehalaya, located in Guwahati within the Indian state of Assam, are being supported through...

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ZAMBIA: At-risk youth and their families impacted by Feed My Starving Children ricemeal donation

The food support has improved the lives and health of youth, enabling them to focus on their daily activities. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Aug. 12, 2020) Mary Help of Christians in Kasama, Zambia, was able to provide meals to youth in need thanks to a partnership between Salesian Missions, the U.S....

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INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY: Salesian Missions highlights programs that empower and educate youth

Programs in Benin, Chile, India, and Liberia support this year’s theme of empowering and educating youth to ensure their voices are heard. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Aug. 12, 2020) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations and countries...

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SOUTH SUDAN: Salesian Missions provides funding to support Don Bosco Gumbo with nutritional assistance for 275 vulnerable displaced families

The Don Bosco Gumbo camp for internally displaced persons has access to food, hygiene products and other items to help care for the well-being of those displaced. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Aug. 7, 2020) Salesian missionaries at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, who are operating the Don Bosco Gumbo camp for...

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GLOBAL: More children at risk of life-threatening malnutrition due to COVID-19, says new global report

Salesian Missions is fighting hunger around the globe through nutrition projects supported by partners to provide ongoing food relief. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Aug. 7, 2020) Worldwide, an additional 6.7 million children under the age of 5 could suffer from a severe malnutrition known as “wasting”...

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