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 Educating for the future, one child at a time

 In the Solomon Islands, Salesian missionaries are working hard to address the causes, and consequences, of poverty.

Inadequate access to education—especially among destitute families living and working in the garbage dumps of Ranadi—means that far too many children grow up without the knowledge and skills they need to build brighter futures. As many as 25 percent of the country’s youth have never attended primary school. Unsurprisingly, adult literacy hovers around a mere 35 percent. The resulting cycle of generational poverty is vicious, and its negative effects on families are profound.

Together, we can help them break this cycle of poverty for good.

Our missionaries at the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Honiara recently launched a holistic educational program specifically for families who pick trash for a living. Here, children ages 4-13 can learn to read, write and do math; while older youth and adults can participate in vocational training that will help them secure long-term employment. Parents can also learn how to grow vegetables to sell at the local market—which provides a more reliable and sustainable source of income. When they personally witness the real value of sending their children to school instead of work, parents become willing participants in changing the course of their families’ lives.

Will you join us in this remarkable work?

 With a population of fewer than 700,000 people, every effort our missionaries make to improve educational access and financial opportunities can help transform the country’s future. Right now, more than 200 children attend the new St. John Bosco primary school in the Western province of Gizo. And, at the Don Bosco Rural Training Center in Tetere Bay, an additional 200 young people are learning the skills needed for in-demand jobs.

Your gift today means that we can offer these opportunities to even more youth!

Your generosity extends far beyond the Solomon Islands. Wherever endemic poverty forces girls and boys to work instead of attending school, you help our Salesian missionaries advocate for and make real change … one child at a time.

Thank you in advance for your kindness!

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Imagine being so poor that in order to survive, you are forced to send your children to work, rummaging through garbage heaps in hopes of finding something of value that can be sold for just a few pennies…. This is a reality for so many destitute families on the Solomon Islands. These precious children are missing out on the education they need to break this generational cycle of poverty. Our missionaries have launched an educational project specifically created for these children.

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Imagine being so #poor that for survival, you’re forced to send your children to work, rummaging garbage hoping to find a valuable that can be sold for just a few pennies. This is a reality for many destitute families on the #SolomonIslands.

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.