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Ivory Coast

According to the World Bank, 46 percent of those living in the Ivory Coast live in conditions of poverty — with more than a quarter of the population living in severe poverty on less than $1.25 a day. The Ivory Coast has one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in West Africa. While a wide range of national and international initiatives focus on HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention and testing, the collapse of public health facilities in the north, as a result of years of conflict, has made the situation worse.

During the country’s time of war, Salesian missionaries provided life-saving shelter, food and security for the thousands fleeing violence and seeking refuge on their grounds.

Today, Salesian missionaries continue their work providing shelter, education and social development services to youth and their families in need. They also work with the victims of the war to heal the country’s deep wounds. They listen, help victims seek compensation and work to reach social reconciliation between opposing groups. Known for their work with child soldiers around the globe, Salesian missionaries are also providing training for youth, some who had been aggressors during the war.

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Provide technical & vocational training

Living and working in cities across the Ivory Coast, Salesian missionaries focus their attention on working with youth and their families in need to provide education, food security, health clinics and workforce development services. Youth who are able to gain an education and eventually employment are able to positively contribute to their families and communities.

Rescue children facing adversity

In Duékoué, Salesian missionaries are working with the victims of war to heal their emotional wounds. They listen, help victims seek compensation and work to reach some form of social reconciliation between opposing groups. Known for their work with child soldiers around the globe, Salesian missionaries are also providing training for youth, some of whom had been aggressors during the war.

Respond to disasters & emergencies

In March 2011, the Salesian mission of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus in Duékoué saved the lives of 30,000 people who took refuge on its grounds of just 6 acres of land. The city had been under siege when the crisis in the Ivory Coast escalated into full-scale military conflict between forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, the president of the Ivory Coast since 2000, and supporters of the internationally recognized president-elect Alassane Ouattara.

During the advance of rebel troops on Duékoué, murder, rape, mutilation and acts of humiliation were everyday occurrences. Only the Salesian compound was spared. Salesian Father Carlos Berro noted that the armed forces respected the nature of the parish and church and did not enter to commit acts of barbarity.

Deliver essential equipment & supplies

Salesian programs in Abidjan have new school, office and bedroom furniture thanks to a recent donation. This was made possible by an ongoing partnership between Salesian Missions and the Institution Recycling Network (IRN), an organization that matches surplus items with organizations and people who need them.

The IRN donation provided new desks, chairs, tables, bookcases and filing cabinets for Salesian-run institutions in Abidjan including a parish, a school, several houses for street children and a youth center. Desks and chairs help to provide a more dignified and organized educational environment for students to complete their studies. As a result, students are often more focused on their classroom work and more prepared for their lessons.

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Hope for Refugees and Disaster Victims

Queen Sophia of Spain visits Haiti to officially open the new Salesian educational center

IVORY COAST UPDATE: Conditions remain desperate

More than two months have passed since 30,000 refugees escaped to the Salesian Center in Duekoue and the situation remains desperate. The threat of violence continues in the wake of a controversial presidential election back in No

Ivory Coast Update: 30,000 Refugees Now in Salesian Care

 Last month, we reported that more than 20,000 victims had fled to the Salesian compound in Duekoue, Ivory Coast, after rebels looted and burned their homes. Since then, the violence has escalated and the Salesians are now ca

BREAKING NEWS: More than 20,000 Ivory Coast Refugees Flock To Salesian Center

The Salesians in Duekoue, Ivory Coast, are working around the clock to accommodate a massive wave of more than 20,000 refugees desperately trying to escape an outbreak of politically-driven violence that occurred in late March.Fam

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Salesian Missions includes agriculture in its vocational training programs – to ensure that youth of Rwanda learn better agricultural practices as well as keep the school self-sustaining in the face of the country’s food shortages.

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