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Salesian missionaries have been working in Nigeria since 1982 and are developing new educational programs to meet the increasing demand for services. Poverty remains one of the most critical challenges facing the country and population growth rates have meant a steady growth in the number of people living in conditions of poverty.

About 64 percent of households in Nigeria consider themselves to be poor while 32 percent of households say their economic situation had worsened over a period of one year, according to UNICEF. With an estimated population of 150 million, one in every five Africans is a Nigerian. By U.N. estimates, Nigeria will be one of the countries responsible for most of the world’s total population increase by 2050.

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Build orphanages & shelters for homeless youth

In January 2017, Salesian missionaries launched the Bosco Boys Home in Ibadan. The new Salesian home was developed to address the rising issue of street youth. Young people, some as young as 9 years old, end up living on the streets because of serious social and family problems. On the streets, they are faced with exploitation, delinquency and addiction. The Bosco Boys Home provides these youth shelter, proper nutrition and education.

The Bosco Boys Home accommodates up to 40 youth and provides them safe shelter and an opportunity to learn and develop in an environment with their peers and stable adults. In addition to education, youth in the program are given professional counseling to help them overcome any difficulties they may face in their lives. Through counseling and other activities, youth are able to develop a healthy outlook on life.

Improve health services

Nigeria, the most populated country in sub-Saharan Africa, has roughly 3.5 million people infected with HIV, ranking it third among the countries with the highest HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) burden in the world, next only to India and South Africa, according to UNAIDS.

The country has 1.5 million of its residents requiring antiretroviral therapy treatment and more than 200,000 people die each year from HIV/AIDS-related complications. Nigeria also has a staggering 2.1 million AIDS orphans whose parents have succumbed to the disease. Entrenched gender inequalities, chronic and debilitating poverty, and stubborn persistence of HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination significantly contribute to the continuing spread of the infection.

In 2009, the Salesians were awarded a five-year U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control grant to work to combat the spread of HIV in Nigeria. The program, known as Don Bosco Life Choices, targets Nigerians between the ages of 15 to 49 years, and works to increase knowledge and decrease the stigma of HIV while increasing the number of people who know their HIV status. The program also increases access to voluntary counseling and testing and increases the number of people who have access to HIV treatment by offering a referral network to those that test HIV positive.

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Salesian Missions delivers opportunity to students in Nigeria in the form of a school bus from New Jersey

The bus will provide transportation so that students can take full advantage of opportunities available through Salesian technical institute. NEW ROCHELLE, NY & ONDO NIGERIA (Oct. 19, 2017) John Bosco Institute of Technology i

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Agriculture Training Programs

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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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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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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