Author: Salesian Missions

Publication Date: October 06, 2023

New Opportunities for Brighter Futures in Lebanon

Due to a deepening economic crisis, more than 80 percent of Lebanon’s population now lives in poverty—and youth, especially, face many disadvantages. At Don Bosco Technique in Fidar, a significant number of marginalized students are overcoming these obstacles.

Our missionaries know that high-level training is one of the best ways for young people to improve their opportunities for the future. That’s why they offer courses in employment-ready disciplines including mechanics, electricity, hairdressing, computer science, and many others. One of the school’s most sought-after programs trains students in catering and hospitality services, where a large global employment sector awaits them after graduation.

In fact, because Don Bosco Technique is one of the area’s few professional institutes, administrators and staff are committed to welcoming youth who would otherwise struggle to attend school. With funding provided by Salesian Missions, deserving students recently received full scholarships with wraparound social and academic support designed to keep their education on track.

“Poor youth are less likely to complete their education, which limits their employment opportunities,” explains Father Timothy Ploch, interim director of Salesian Missions. “That’s why we are so grateful to our many generous friends, who helped make this dream a reality for students in need.”

Educational programs at Don Bosco Technique are designed to help youth transition smoothly from school to work. And, because our missionaries in Lebanon understand the local economy, they are able to match their training programs to immediate employer needs. As a result, these scholarship recipients join their fellow students in having a newfound opportunity to break the chains of poverty once and for all.

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*Any goods, services, or funds provided by Salesian Missions to programs located in this country were administered in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including sanctions administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control.