Khartoum, 14 November, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
On the annual event of the World Day of the Poor marked November 13, the leadership of the U.S—based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Salesian Missions, has highlighted social initiatives for vulnerable youth across the globe, including Africa.
The day was established by Pope Francis at the end of the Year of Mercy, “so that throughout the world Christian communities can become an ever greater sign of Christ’s charity for the least and those most in need,” the Holy Father wrote in Misericordia et misera.
In a November 13 report, SDB officials say, “Nearly 30,000 Salesian priests, brothers, sisters, and novices are working in more than 130 countries around the globe bringing education, workforce development, and social programs to poor youth and their families.”
They note that Salesian missionaries “work in some of the most challenging circumstances and are among the first to respond during humanitarian crises or natural disasters.”
“While education is the primary goal, Salesians know that youth living in conditions of poverty have many more needs that can be addressed before sitting down and focusing in a classroom,” the Director of Salesian Missions, Fr. Gus Baek, has been quoted as saying in the November 13 report.