Community Week Walk-a-Thon

Salesian Missions work in 130 countries and help provide for the material and spiritual needs of poor and abandoned individuals within some of the worlds most disadvantaged communities. Although their surroundings may be very different from our own, it is our inherent Salesianity and our humanity which ultimately links us.

We have 5 school days before we walk in our ‘Community Week Walk-a-Thon’. Every day this week, we will highlight two of the areas around the world where Salesian Missions are making a difference to the lives of the some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

We have challenged every student to raise $10. There are hundreds of reasons to donate. We’re going to show you 10. Let’s not just talk about it. Let’s make it $10 for 10and make a real difference in someone else’s life!

1.   East Timor

Population: 1.1 million
Literacy Rate: 51%
Religion: Roman Catholic (98%)

East Timor is one of our closest neighbors, yet they have living conditions that are among the worst in the world

The Salesians are helping East Timor recover and rebuild in the wake a devastating civil war that claimed countless lives and decimated entire communities. One-third of the population faces food shortages and many of the schools have been destroyed. Now that the violence has subsided, their efforts are focused on helping the needy, restoring hope and providing new opportunities for the future.

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2.   Rwanda

Population: 10.62 million
Literacy Rate: 71%
Religion: Roman Catholic (56.5%)

The Salesians are building a brighter future in Rwanda after a very difficult past. The world looked on in horror as, during the approximate 100-day period from April 7, 1994 to mid-July, an estimated 500,000–1,000,000 Rwandans were killed in a brutal, frenzied genocide.

Many of the country’s orphaned children are the tragic result of a violent civil war.  Half of all children drop out of primary school and 2.2 million people – 22% of the population – face critical food shortages. Rwandans are anxious to move their lives and their country forward, but need substantial help to do so.

Teach Technology Skills

In Rwanda, half of children who enroll in primary school don’t finish, according to UNICEF.  Without education, youth face a future of unemployment or low-paying jobs.

However, with training at the Salesian Missions school in Gatenga, youth look to a brighter future. With skills in the latest technology and English, they will be able to find jobs to help them support themselves and their families

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Student Leadership Team 2014