Don Bosco Youth welfare - worldwide
"Don Bosco for the youth of the world" is a non-profit foundation that was founded in March 2013 and promotes the work of the Salesians of Don Bosco for the benefit of children and young people in need. The program focus is on education, infrastructure, respect and security - a lot is necessary for the life of young people to succeed.
The aim is to enable young people of both sexes and all ethnicities, nationalities and religions a better future.
You are committed to helping children and young people in need around the world. Among other things, they offer them school and vocational training places, scholarships, leisure programs and infrastructure projects. Tens of thousands of people use the offers of the Salesians every day and thus get a chance for a better future.
We are convinced of the help of Don Bosco's Salesians and have supported the foundation in various projects. U.a. with the reconstruction in Beirut, with Corona emergency aid projects and with the education of young people in India.
Reconstruction in Beirut - Lebanon
The people of Lebanon are facing an almost insurmountable challenge after two massive explosions struck Beirut. Over 150 people died, around 600 were injured and 3,000 lost their homes. In addition to the economic crisis and the effects of the corona pandemic, this small country is being shaken again. People especially children are traumatized and desperate.
The Salesians in Lebanon are helping the families most affected with concrete support in order to alleviate the long-term consequences and effects of the explosion as far as possible.
On the one hand, the families are supported with vouchers and amounts of money so that they can return to their usual everyday life and a safe environment as quickly as possible and earn their livelihood as well as possible. On the other hand, families should be financially relieved by paying the school fees for their children. Furthermore, they support customers and young people for a few days in their youth center.
corona emergency aid projects - wolrdwide
The Salesians live together with the poorest, have a community, know the place, recognized, very well networked and are immediately active in a crisis. They know where the need is greatest and are still present when the media has withdrawn. They are currently supporting 200 corona emergency aid projects worldwide. This will require over six million euros.
They work day and night in the poorest countries in the world to save lives. Because for the weakest and poorest, the situation is getting worse. For millions of people, the corona crisis and its consequences threaten to turn into a hunger crisis.
The Salesians and the Don Bosco Sisters mobilize auxiliaries, record and meet the need for preventive medical care, shelter, food, hygiene products and spiritual support. They do material, psychological and social reconstruction work.
Face-to-face teaching - India
The corona pandemic has brought normal life to a standstill worldwide - schools have also been closed. And, as always, it hits the poorest of the poor the hardest. For millions of children around the world, school is not only a place of learning, but also a place of safety - an oasis in which they can escape violence, receive free meals, play carefree and, above all, develop. This also applies to thousands of girls and boys in Tamil Nadu, South India. The schools have been open again since mid-October 2020. This announcement by the Ministry of Education poses a huge challenge for many financially disadvantaged parents. They don't have the money to buy the uniform, books and other school supplies they need to attend school, so quick and efficient help is required. Otherwise a generation of children threatens to drop out of the school system. If they fail to get them back to school, they, like their parents, will not be able to find ways out of poverty. To ensure that school attendance is not just a pipe dream for 2500 children and young people from financially disadvantaged families, basic learning material packages are provided so that they are prepared for the start of school. These packages include writing materials, a protective mask and a study folder. It costs 25 francs per child.
Dinesh says, “When my parents have some money to spare, I'll buy credit for my cell phone. If they don't have money, the phone is lying around useless. You need 150-250 rupees (2-3 francs) to charge the phones. We no longer have this money available. No cell phone credit means that I have no chance of attending online classes or receiving homework from my teacher. "
Healthy water for indigenous people - Brazil
The indigenous peoples of Brazil have been marginalized in society for decades. Although your rights are regulated by law, they are often disregarded. In the state of Mato Grosso, various indigenous tribes live in poverty and isolation on their reservations. These indigenous people still maintain their traditional culture; speak their own language; live off what they plant. There is not enough in the reservations for more. The waters that they need for their survival are partly contaminated or dried up. This is mostly due to the monoculture agriculture of the lands bordering on the reserves. The indigenous people in the reserves lack their most important resource - healthy, pure water. They are waiting for Mestre Luiz with great hope. That's what they call the Salesian brother Alois Würstle, who came to Mato Grosso in 1957 as a 19-year-old. Since then, Würstle has been campaigning for the right to life of the indigenous people, building them schools, power stations, roads and bridges. For many years he and his team have been drilling for water in the reserves, sometimes up to 180 meters deep. Around 300 fountains have been created in this way to date. Nine villages and one school are currently waiting for Mestre Luiz's help. They urgently need a new well.