At a glance
Peru - Rains and Floods:
Lima) - The National Information System for Prevention and Attention to Disasters (SINPAD) in Peru reported that to date there are 75 dead and 20 missing due to bad weather since the beginning of the rainy season. These are joined by over 103 813 people who have suffered loss, 665 313 people affected by the phenomena and 263 wounded. They report 10,538 homes flooded, 12 378 homes uninhabitable and 145 421 affected to a lesser extent. In recent days the rains have eased and the extent of the disaster can be seen: houses destroyed or flooded, trucks and cars stuck in the mud, roads ruined, but most of all: fear, desolation and despair for so many people.
The "Don Bosco Foundation" of Peru has launched a solidarity campaign "Give me a hand, Peru". In the midst of so much misery, especially in the North, many countries have offered humanitarian aid. The Salesians in various houses are collaborating collecting water, food, c lothes and tents, because many people have been deprived of everything.
The Foundation moved to Piura, where the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help run large works at the service of youth. The aid operation started with the transport of materials and basic necessities. The same is being done in Chosica, which is about 40 km from Lima, and where the work of helping those in need is centralized in the parish of Don Bosco.
The educational infrastructure was affected. In Piura the rains have affected about 100 schools which were flooded and suffered damage to roofs and walls. So far it is impossible to resume lessons.
The emergency is due to a phenomenon known as the "Niño costero". Peru has not had anything like it since 1925.
In the midst of so much pain the Popes words encourage Peruvians: "I want to assure my closeness to the dear people of Peru, hit hard by devastating floods. I pray for the victims and for those w ho are committed to providing assistance."
According to the weather reports, weeks of incessant rain are to be expected, where the rivers will flow unimpeded because there are no houses or fields, there is nothing in their path, since everything has already been taken away. All that remains is the misery and poverty of thousands of Peruvians who await help: "Give me a hand, Peru."
Vietnam - The professional school at Tan Ha
Tan Ha, Vietnam - March 2017 - The Salesian professional school in Tan Ha is 250 km north of Ho Chi Minh City, in the Province of Bao Loc. It was started in 1995 by Fr Joseph Chinh, and now has about 400 students and two hostels for boys and girls at risk. Students are offered five different technical courses and numerous extra activities such as music, sports and voluntary work. The school is run by a strong Salesian community of eleven members, with the active collaboration of the neighbouring community of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, as well as Past Pupils and Salesian Cooperators.
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Letter from Fr Filiberto
Dear Confreres and friends,
I am writing from Ypacarai, Paraguay, where we celebrate the Team Visit for the American Southern Cone region. With the Rector Major, also present are his vicar and the 4 General Councillors for the sectors/departments, the Regional Councillors for the Southern Cone region and Inter-America region, the delegate to the Secretariat of the Salesian family and all the provincials and their councillors of the region. Just missing is the Economer General who remained in Rome to attend to the legal aspects of the Gerini case. This is the third visit that was made during the month of March: in Chennai, India, for the region of South Asia; in Hua Hin, Thailand, for the East Asia Oceania region; here now for the American Southern Cone region; the fourth, next week, will be in Cochabamba, Bolivia, for the Inter-America region.
These meetings are very important for the Congregation, for the regions and for each province. These visits are held every six years and seek greater fidelity to the charism and grow in Salesian identity. An in-depth study is made on the situation of the region and within it, seeing the development of the sectors in its unity and autonomy, all in favour of the Salesian mission and institution. Now I note only two important points that I discovered during these visits: little knowledge of SSCS and the importance of communication in the process of restructuring the province.
Provincials and Councillors change frequently and the knowledge and application of the SSCS is not always guaranteed. This means that, in some provinces, the vision and the practice of communication becomes sectoral or reductive/divisive instead of being systemic and integral. The Salesian mission gives the identity to our communication. Now, it is the task of the provincial delegate for social communication to promote the mentality and practice of SSCS, start ing with the provincial and his Council, with all the Salesians and lay collaborators of the province. Communication, for us, is a way of being and living, not just a matter of doing things. The second element is the important role of the communication quality in the restructuring and redefinition which GC27 had asked all provinces to do: the Provincials communication with the Salesians, Laity and youth; the communication of the SDBs amongst themselves -in communities- to be prophets of communion; the communication within the educative pastoral community; the communication of the province with the surroundings, with the local church with society and the media. To communicate with quality is crucial in the process of redesigning, restructuring and refocusing of each province. The task of the Provincial Delegate for SC and his team in these processes is necessary and very important.
Congratulations for the mission you are developing together with your SC team and with the other sectors in favour of the Salesian mission of the province. Be assured of my prayers and of the prayers of all the members of the SC Department.
Cordially in Don Bosco,
Fr Filiberto González Plasencia.
Brazil - Meeting of the Salesian Communication Network
São Paulo, Brazil - March 2017 - On 14 and 15 March, the Brazilian Salesian Communications Network met in São Paulo to evaluate the projects carried out to date and dialogue on the challenges and prospects of the network. The meeting was attended by coordinators and delegates of the Provinces of the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.