Salesian Missions, the US development arm of the Salesians DonBoscojoins humanitarian organizations and countries around the world in recognizing Universal Children’s Day, also known as Universal Children’s Day.
NEW ROCHELLE, NY, November 20, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — With more than 5,500 Salesian schools and youth centers, missionaries teach children in some of the poorest places on earth.
Salesian Missions, the US development arm of the Salesians DonBosco, joins humanitarian organizations and countries around the world in recognizing Universal Children’s Day, also known as Universal Children’s Day. Celebrated every year Nov 20the day was established in 1954 to promote international cooperation and awareness of children’s issues worldwide.
To date, 194 countries have signed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and are obliged under international law to ensure its implementation.
This year’s theme is “Inclusion for every child”. UNICEF noted: “From climate change, education and mental health to ending racism and discrimination, children and young people are speaking out on the issues affecting their generation and urging adults to create a better future.”
Through educational and social development programs, Salesian missionaries in more than 130 countries around the world work to break the cycle of poverty and bring a sense of dignity to all they serve. Missionaries also work to ensure that all youth know their rights, can fully participate in their communities, and have a voice.
Whether it’s fighting child labor, supporting homeless youth, or building schools where children previously had no access to education, Salesian missionaries make sure those in need have access to programs and services. With more than 5,500 Salesian schools and youth centers, missionaries are raising children in some of the poorest places on earth.
“Children living in poverty need equal access to education and social support to ensure they have a bright, productive future,” Father said Gus Bak, Head of the Salesian Missions. “In Salesian schools, youth receive an education, learn about their rights and freedoms, and participate in sports and other activities—all in a safe environment that promotes learning and growth. They also have access to nutrition and other supports that improve the learning environment.”
In honor of World Children’s Day, Salesian Missions is proud to highlight social and educational programs that benefit children around the world.
Salesian missionaries are concerned about child malnutrition in the Xavante villages in the municipality of Nova Xavantina in Campinápolis, Brazil. A lack of rain, poor nutrition, hygienic conditions and the long journeys to the urban centers were identified as the causes that have the greatest impact on the situation.
In each of these villages, food parcels were distributed to children. The kits provided by Operation Mato Grosso contained food bought by volunteers and sent by benefactors from the parish of Immaculate Conception in the town of Bilac. The most worrying cases of malnutrition were recorded in the village of Teihidzatsé, where the children’s weights were checked. In the most severe cases, vitamins were administered.
A soup kitchen was also set up Santa Helena to provide meals with vegetables, pasta and ground beef. In Betânia, clothes, food and hygiene materials for young children were distributed, prepared by the Campinápolis Children’s Pastoral Team. The AMA (Mobile Missionary Assistance) project team ensured the maintenance and efficiency of water wells, pumps and tanks in São Francisco, and food was distributed.
St Anne Orphanage students received scholarships to visit Don Bosco Vithayalai in Battambang, Cambodia, thanks to donor funding from Salesian Missions. The scholarships were awarded in February 2022 and May 2021.
Children of the Salesian Schools in Cambodia faced a range of problems including abandonment of their families, abuse, child labor and human trafficking, and migration.
As a result, they often miss school and fall behind in school. Salesian schools ensure that young students can attend school even if they are unable to pay for it.
Children living at the Ekalavya Children’s Home have been supported by donations from the Salesian Missions. The home was built by the Salesian People’s Action for Rural Awakening for disadvantaged children in Konaseema, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh. India.
The home, which can accommodate up to 50 children, was established to support early school leavers, rescue child laborers and provide a home for at-risk children, those living on the streets or children displaced from broken families.
Ekalavya Children’s Home is a child care facility licensed under the Juvenile Courts Act. Any home for at-risk children must be approved by the state government’s Department of Women’s Development and Child Welfare.
Ekalavya Children’s Home is located behind a train station in Rajahmundry. Children who have run away use the train station to travel and beg for money to survive. Salesian workers have good relationships with the railway police to rescue children from the railway station and take them to the courts and then to the Ekalavya Children’s Home.
Students at the Don Bosco Learning Center within the Don Bosco Quetta Community in Pakistan, have a new digital computer laboratory thanks to donor funding from the Salesian Missions. The center has been teaching primary and secondary school in Quetta since 2000. More than 780 students aged 8 to 22 have been positively impacted by this new lab.
The funding provided new computers, a projector, printers, a computer desk, chairs, and a wireless connection. Teachers begin to develop Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, networking, graphic design, and web design classes.
The Don Bosco Learning Center teaches computer skills and technology to students. The laboratory is used for the daily lessons of grades 3 to 10. Computer courses are held in the evenings for other students and the community. The Salesians in Quetta also have a long tradition of supporting Afghan refugees. This project will also allow refugees to learn skills after they are settled.
About Salesian Missions United States of America
The Salesian Missions are headquartered in New Rochelle, New York, and is part of the Don Bosco Network – a worldwide federation of Salesian NGOs. The US-based nonprofit Catholic organization’s mission is to raise funds for international programs that help youth and families in poor communities around the world. The Salesian Missionaries are made up of priests, brothers and sisters, and lay people, all dedicated to caring for poor children around the world in more than 130 countries, helping young people become self-reliant by learning a trade that will help them , to grow employment. To date, more than 3 million young people have received services funded by the Salesian Missions. These services and programs are offered to children regardless of race or religion. Visit SalesianMissions.org for more information.
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