Don Bosco Salesians are in 134 countries which includes many of the world’s poorest nations. Through a focus on education and training programs they are endeavouring to help youth and communities build a better future.
Education and Vocational Training
Salesians provide education and support through schools, youth centres and vocational training programs in some of the poorest countries in the world. Through education, underprivileged youth are given a sense of personal dignity and self-worth, thereby breaking the cycle of poverty. Education provides young adults with the skills they need to secure employment and become self-sufficient, contributing members of their nation.
The Gift of Food and Clean Water
All around the world children and families are in desperate need of food and clean water for their everyday survival. With access to clean water for drinking, cooking, washing and bathing, communities encounter fewer illnesses. Luncheon Programs in Salesian Schools reduce child malnutrition while increasing school attendance. Suitable bathroom and wash facilities at schools provide children with a happier and healthier learning environment.
Agriculture and Self-Sustainability
Don Bosco Agricultural Colleges and Community Programs aim to assist locals to improve sustainable food availability through enhancing traditional farming methods. In most developing countries a high proportion of the population are subsistence farmers. The Agricultural Colleges, support local famers by demonstrating techniques to increase crop productivity, whilst students are taught ways to better care for livestock through practical experience. Obtaining local food security goes a long way in combating poverty and helping youth build a better future for themselves, their families and their nation.
With a global presence in 134 countries, Salesians are well positioned to provide in consultation with the local community and organisations, direct aid and relief in times of natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies. By launching special fundraising Appeals, Salesian Missions can support programs that relieve famine in Africa, rebuild earthquake damaged schools in Nepal and Ecuador, assist flood victims in India, house internally displaced people in South Sudan, provide education, food and supplies in the face of pandemics and so much more.