|Date of foundation:||1950|
|Place:||Walkerville, 30 kms South of Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Province:||Southern Africa (AFM)|
Aim of the Project:
The program is presented jointly by a team of health experts, educators, invited speakers (such as married couples and role-models), and young- adult peer ministers who volunteer a year of their life in the service of young people.
Goals of the programme:
Thousands of youth pass through the programme each year. The results of scientific surveys give the programme credibility and reveal a real behaviour change among participants. They return home with a new vision for their life and a greater awareness of their responsibilities.
Most of the young people who cannot afford the full cost of the programme are subsidized. 75% of the funding to support the programme has to be found.
Fr Francois Dufour SDB, is the present director of the community comprising three Salesians who work with nine volunteers.
Other works in South Africa:
In Manzini, Swaziland, 10 salesians work full time for AIDS orphans, school dropouts and street children. They also work in formal education, to upgrade qualifications of young people who have failed some subjects in their school leaving examinations.
In Cape Town, the Salesian Institute offers programmes for the unwanted marginalized children who find their way to a pathetic existence on the streets of plenty. Youngsters and Adolescents are given an opening to cope with their situation, and the chance to make a new start by attending school. If they are too old they are given employable skills training. The Salesians also have parishes which reach out to vast numbers of young people in their apostolic and catechetical programmes.
In Maputsoe, Lesotho, the mission community is involved, both in evangelisation and catechetics, as well as in education and development. A thriving Oratory makes the presence of Don Bosco's charism known among the young.
In most of these works a band of volunteers from different parts of the world (For example: Scotland, Australia, Ireland) accompany the salesians in their work for disadvantaged youth.
|Address:||Centro Giovanile Bosco
PO Box 25
1873 Rep South Africa.
|Tel:||00 27 11 9492360|
|Fax:||00 27 11 949 1022|