Cotonou, 16 August, 2022 / 8:24 pm (ACI Africa).
On the annual event of the International Youth Day (IYD) marked August 12, officials of a development entity of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have reviewed their initiatives that seek to empower young people across the globe, including Africa.
In a report published on August 12, the leadership of Salesian Missions, the U.S.-based development arm of SDB, revisited youth empowerment initiatives in education and social development in Benin and Tanzania.
“Working in more than 130 countries around the globe, Salesian missionaries provide a range of social development and educational programs that aim to help youth have their basic needs met while gaining an education for future employment,” officials of the New York-based entity say.
In facilitating the empowerment programs, SDB officials continue, “Salesian missionaries offer more than 5,500 primary and secondary schools and more than 1,000 vocational, technical, professional and agricultural schools around the globe.”
In the West African nation of Benin, Salesians are empowering the youth admitted at Foyer Don Bosco, a home that, according to Salesian Missions, “serves boys and girls in very complex situations, including those who have been abandoned by their families, victims of abuse, and victims of forced marriages.”