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Solomon Islands

About 12.7 percent of the population in the Solomon Islands lives below the poverty line. Roughly 20 to 25 percent of youth in the country never attend primary school with 30 percent of those attending, never completing. Limited access to education and an adult literacy rate of less than 35 percent perpetuate the cycle of poverty from generation to generation.

Eighty-four percent of Solomon Islanders reside in rural areas and rely on subsistence farming for their livelihoods. Access to health and other social services is very limited and the poor to non-existent access to reliable transport, electricity and telecommunications infrastructure compounds already challenging economic conditions. With the majority of youth living in remote areas with limited educational and employment prospects, overcoming poverty is an uphill battle.

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Provide technical & vocational training

The Salesian-run Don Bosco Rural Training Center in Tetere Bay is working to bring educational and workforce development opportunities to poor youth in rural areas. Programs at the center help youth gain a basic education as well as the vocational or technical skills needed to find and retain employment.

More than 200 young men and women are enrolled at the school to learn farming and other high demand trades. Courses are offered in planting and care of crops such as rice, corn, vegetables, root crops and fruit trees, as well as basic fish farming and forestry. There are also courses in basic mechanics, carpentry, electrical work, computer skills and dressmaking. In addition, literacy and music classes are available in the evening.

Rescue Children Facing Adversity

Salesian missionaries are working to help children and their families that are living in the vicinity of a landfill in Ranadi, a suburb of Honiara, the capital city of the Solomon Islands. Many families, including children and older youth, live near the landfill so they can dig and collect plastic to survive. Father Srimal Priyanga, rector of the Don Bosco Technical Institute Henderson, visited the site to assess the situation and connect with the local people.

After the visit, Fr. Priyanga and another Salesian priest reflected on the squalor that the residents lived in and held a meeting with other Salesians and community leaders. The Salesian provincial for the region expressed full support and encouragement of the Salesian community in Henderson to reach out to the people, particularly the youth of this poor community as well as an adjacent community. He noted that, “Reaching out to them and examining how we can help these poor people is a very concrete expression of Don Bosco’s missionary spirit for the community.”

The Salesian community in Henderson has started setting up regular meetings with youth and their families and are working together with the community to see how Salesian missionaries can help provide education, sanitation and an oratory for youth.

Improve infrastructure

On Jan. 28, 2017, a 5.2 magnitude earthquake shook the western region of the Solomon Islands, leaving houses destroyed and affecting Salesian programs. Earthquakes of such magnitude are common in the region, which sits on what is known as the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a hot spot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates. In Nila (Shortland Islands), the Salesian kindergarten and local water system were completely destroyed. Salesian missionaries sought funding to rebuild their programs and help the local community. Salesian Bishop Luciano Capelli reported that 63 houses in local villages, built with traditional materials, were damaged and have been rebuilt.

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