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Hope amid crisis, today—and tomorrow

In the 161 years since Saint John Bosco founded our order, Salesian missionaries have witnessed countless crises—and have successfully led entire communities through their darkest hours and into the bright light of hope.

Today, amid the global coronavirus pandemic, they are doing the same.

Even as they work to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in the communities in which they serve, these Salesians remain committed to our core mission of providing the programs and services that children and families need to break the cycle of poverty for good. They are still feeding malnourished families, still rescuing homeless kids from the streets, still educating impoverished children, and still teaching youth the skills they need to turn their lives around.

In some cases, they’ve even launched innovative new projects based on past successes in places like Nepal, Sierra Leone and the Central African Republic. You may already have read about some of these successes, which harness the opportunities inherent in any crisis to create pathways to a decent future and a sense of pride.

Despite this good news, the need for our programs is only going to increase as the pandemic wears on. Your gift today means that precious children and families won’t slide backward into insurmountable hardship.

In the updates below, you’ll learn how our missionaries are ramping up their existing efforts to keep homeless youth safe, healthy and fed. These are just two examples of similar efforts happening in our missions around the world right now.

We could not do this work without your prayers and the generous support of friends like you.

Thank you in advance for whatever you can give; your kindness is an investment in hope for the most vulnerable among us!

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Opening the doors for more homeless youth in Angola

Before COVID-19, Salesian missionaries working in the capital city of Luanda were caring for nearly 300 homeless youth in four centers: Casa Magone, Mama Margherita, Anuarite and Kalakala. Yet the need is always greater—especially now, when these girls and boys are even more vulnerable to illness and exploitation.

Supporting the needs of street children in Uganda

A recent government survey reveals that nearly 30,000 children live on the streets in just four districts of Uganda. And their already-precarious situation has been made even more tense by the emerging COVID-19 crisis.

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During times of crisis, when unforeseen events disrupt the patterns of daily life, vulnerable children and families suffer the most. The hungry get hungrier. The poor get poorer. Our missionaries remain dedicated to serving those most in need with programs and services to feed the malnourished, rescue homeless kids, provide humanitarian aid and teach youth skills for a brighter future.

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Our missionaries remain dedicated to their work, especially during times of unprecedented crisis and when unforeseen events disrupt daily life. People still need the programs and services we provide so they still have hope.


We hope and pray that you support our life-saving work. Your gifts will be used for this program and other similar Salesian programs around the globe that benefit poor and needy youth. Please join us to help make the world a better place.