A women selling fruit in a market
Helping Small Businesses Survive the Pandemic

The global impact of COVID-19 on small businesses has been devastating. Lockdowns, restrictions and drastically reduced volume have meant that countless proprietors around the world teeter on the brink of permanent closure. For women in Bukavu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the...

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A group of people working together on prosthetics for the disabled
Positive Steps Toward a Future of Inclusion

An estimated one billion people—roughly 15 percent of the world’s population—live with some form of disability. Despite the progress borne of strong advocacy, full inclusion—in the educational system, in job training programs, and in society itself—remains elusive, especially for those...

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A group of young people in Thailand who were awarded scholarships
Apprenticeship Program Drives Positive Change

In the past 20 years, Thailand has shown considerable economic growth and, according to the World Bank, has reduced the national unemployment rate from 21 percent to nearly 11 percent. However, many youth from poor communities still struggle to receive the comprehensive education and training they...

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Mohamed’s Second Chance

In Tanzania, 69.7 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, including Mohamed. After struggling in school, Mohamed was forced to drop out and work on the streets selling second-hand items to support himself. Then he discovered the renewable energy training program offered at the Don...

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Salesian missionaries in the Philippines working on at-home gardens
Positive Steps in the Fight Against Hunger

Taking the lead from Pope Francis’ recently published Laudato Si, an eco-encyclical imploring Catholics around the world to embrace and care for our Earth, the Salesian Youth Center at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Cebu, Philippines created the #LetsPlantPositivity initiative.  The initiative...

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Youth in India working together in their school garden
Clean Water Brings Improved Health

Don Bosco College in Golaghat, Assam, India provides advanced education, housing and the opportunity to build brighter futures for 300 marginalized students. Thanks to generous donations to our Clean Water Initiative, these young men and women also enjoy better health. When Don Bosco College began...

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Educational Opportunities for Women in South Sudan

In South Sudan, women and young girls disproportionately bear the burdens of overwhelming poverty. With more than 83 percent of the country’s population living on less than $1 a day, women regularly must abandon their dreams of an education in order to help support their families. In response,...

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A New Frontier in Salesian Education

The global pandemic has fundamentally changed the way societies function, forcing people to re-examine and redefine everything from where they work to how they socialize. And, as millions of children and parents around the world have discovered in the past six months, going to school is no...

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