The Miracle of a Brighter Future
Eight years after a brutal civil war tore the Ivory Coast apart, citizens continue to struggle with lasting physical, emotional and societal wounds.
The violence unraveled the economy, collapsed the public health system, destroyed educational infrastructure and opportunity, and eroded trust within and among communities. Today, nearly half the population lives in conditions of poverty, with more than a quarter struggling to survive on less than $1.25 per day. Adult literacy hovers at 44 percent. And thousands of youth who were orphaned or abandoned during the war now live on the streets, begging and stealing just so they can eat.
And yet, our Salesian missionaries serving in the Ivory Coast have witnessed something extraordinary.
“[People here] have suffered terrible things,” says Father Carlos Berro. “Yet they say, ‘I thank God that nothing worse has happened to me.’ And they say it sincerely. They feel alive.”
This remarkable capacity to look forward comes from our work to help the people of the Ivory Coast help themselves—with programs and services designed to address the root causes of poverty and violence while promoting individual and community resilience.
We invite you to be part of this miracle today.
When you make a gift to Salesian Missions, you send kids to school. You feed hungry families. You heal injuries and illness. You rescue youth from the streets, teach them a trade, and help them find employment. And through all of these things, you transform their despair into genuine hope for a brighter future.
This hope is vital in the Ivory Coast, and wherever war and conflict have crushed the spirits of innocent children and families who deserve nothing less than the opportunity to build a decent life.