Don Bosco Feast

As we celebrate today, the Holy feast of the founder of our Salesian Family, Saint John Bosco “The Father and Teacher of Youth” . We should be remembered not put off till tomorrow the good you can do today. You may not have a tomorrow. Stay Blessed and be a good christian. Happy Feast…

Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. St Thomas Aquinas “The Angelic Doctor” (1225 – 7 March 1274) … Happy Feast day!    

(AFW – USA)- Philip Adjei from AFW Province Participates In the World Bank Group Youth Summit.

(Washington DC)- Philip Adjei a staff of Don Bosco Technical Institute participated The World Bank Group Youth Summit was held in Washington, D.C., on December 2-3. This summit is an annual event hosted by the World Bank Group (WBG) to engage youths globally on the most pressing challenges before the world. This year’s summit discussed the theme “Smarter Cities for a Resilient Future” and set for itself three primary goals. • Empower youths to explore innovative ideas to tackle emerging development challenges. • Provide youths with the tools to build and engage in projects that will have impact. Promote the dialog between youths, the WBG, and other key stakeholders globally. Agyei Philip, a young staff member of Don Bosco Tech in Sunyani, Ghana, was selected out of 3,000 applicants to participate in the WBG Youth Submit. Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park made Philip visit memorable by extending the school’s hospitality to him and facilitating his interaction with a selected number of students from the school. He shares his experience here: “The Salesian Community in College Park, Maryland, warmly received me with love and kindness. They extended to me excellent hospitality at their residence. In the school, I had animated discussions about innovation, technology, and smart cities with some of the students. They were happy and receptive during the discussions. They were excited to hear about what was happening in Ghana. Their feedback was quite amazing. Some of the students said that they would be very happy to visit Ghana if the school organizes a trip for them to go and experience how things work in Ghana. I explained to them how certain things such as the Ghana education system, internet access, automation, resources, and other things make Ghana quite different from the U.S.” Agyei’s participation was facilitated by Salesian Missions’ U.N. office. Participation of the young at the highest places of advocacy, lobbying, and giving them the much-needed visibility at such learning platforms are strategies that the office is adopting to empower our Salesian youths. The office hopes that this is just the beginning of a journey on a path less travelled.

(AFW-NIGERIA): Trimonthly Recollection St Joseph Community Omole and Mary Help of Christians Community Iju.

(IJU, Lagos): The communities of St Joseph Omole and Mary Help of Christians IJU together organized a trimonthly recollection to end the year as a Salesian Family. The recollection which comprised of Staff and Confrères of the two Salesian communities converged at Mary Help of Christians community to have this moments of Grace and fraternization. The aim of the recollection which had: input, moment of reconciliation, evaluation of the year, mass and meal together, was to recollect, evaluate, and strategize for the new year and Mary Help of Christians community gave that conducive atmosphere. We pray to invest spiritually on our staffs so that we journey not only with the young but also journey to heaven.

(AFW-Ghana) – Graduation Ceremony for Advanced PV Coupled Systems at Don Bosco Solar Training School.

(Ashaiman – Ghana) – The two weeks Advanced PV Coupled Systems training at Don Bosco Technical Institute Ashaiman has ended with a beautiful graduation ceremony. The international trainers were happy for the hard work the students put into the training. All graduating students were awarded with certificates at the ceremony. Thank you to the staff and trainers for making this possible.

(AFW – Ghana) – Commissioning of Newly 6- Unit Classroom Block for Nankando Primary School. A project funded by AWRA, Poland.

(Nankando – Ghana)- On Friday 13th of December 2019 a 6 unit classroom block which was funded by AWRA Foundation in Poland and built by Salesians of Don Bosco Anglophone West Africa Province was commissioned at the school premises at Nankando.   The Bishop of the area caught the sod to officially open the Nankando Primary school. In attendance were Mr. Sabastian, Mr. Adams, Mr. Roman and Miss Sofia from AWRA Foundation Poland, The PDO Director, Father Krzysztof Nizniak, chiefs from surrounding villages, staff of Anglophone West Africa Province, Nankando and surrounding communities, staff and pupils of Nankando primary school. The AWRA Foundation, Poland is made up of family and friends and has the objective of using their Community and Social Responsibility for the development of deprived villages and support of disadvantaged children. Stationery, teaching aids and balls were presented to the school whilst each pupil got a bag from AWRA Foundation Poland. Thank you to our donors for supporting our work with young people.

(AFW-Nigeria) – Green Club Implementation Matrix – Global program.

Onitsha Centre being a pilot Centre of Excellence will establish green club facilitated by the Centre Manager, Engr Fr Samuel Agudosi and an appointed Green Club facilitator at the Centre level. A brainstorming session at country level on Green TVET initiative was undertaken by the PDO Coordinator of the antenna of Lagos – Rev Fr Maximus Okoro (Sdb) , Mr Cletus E. Linus and the Training Director of John Bosco Institute of Technology (JOBITECH) Onitsha – Engr Fr Samuel Agudosi (Sdb).   The Green Club will engage in awareness campaigns on green practices ad Intra and ad extra, lead the Centre in planning and celebrating world ecological celebrations, Green Don Bosco week, elaborate guide and manual for green practices that will be validated by Don Bosco Tech Africa. The earth is our common home and we are all called to take care of it. This is in line with the Laudato Sii of Pope Francis. Max Okoro AFW-NIG

(AFW – Kenya) –Update on Global Program Workshop at Roussel House Karen, Nairobi – Kenya.

(Nairobi – Kenya) -Eleven countries from the African and Madagascan Region within the Salesian Congregation have been selected to benefit from this program. The main topic of discussion is centered on the “Project Pillars”. One group of six is concentrating on the first and second pillars while the other is strategizing on the implementation of the “fourth pillar” of the project which is “GREEN TVET”   Five countries will benefit from this pillar with two specially chosen to be modern, world class and state of the art GREEN “CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE”. These CoE learning places will be where global environmental best practices will be taught and implemented in the two chosen countries. The other three countries will concentrate and be deeply involved in GREEN CLUBS and GREEN CULTURE activities.   Below are the five countries in GREEN TVET pillar:
  1. Nigeria – Centre of Excellence.
  2. Burundi – Centre of Excellence
  3. Madagascar – Green Club
  4. Angola – Green Club
  5. Kenya – Green Club.
  JOBITECH Onitsha in Nigeria and Don Bosco TVET Centre Buterere in Burundi are the implementing “Centres of Excellence”   At the moment, serious deliberations, experience sharing, exchange of ideas and random brainstorming are taking place among the green TVET beneficiaries with Nigeria leading the English group and Burundi, the French group.   The introduction of these technologies in Don Bosco TVET in Nigeria will create a new awareness in our young people and other stakeholders. This will give birth to a new spirit of consciousness thereby awakening the mind to embrace this “new” reality. Our young people will become Vanguards that will encourage and promote a healthier, greener and safer environment for themselves and future generations.   It is also expected that new jobs opportunities would be created in these areas for the benefit of young people.   Mr Cletus E. Linus (N-JSO)

(AFW-Nigeria) – Commemoration of the One Hail Mary that Started Salesian Oratory.

(MHC Iju, Lagos) – A Rosary circle in commemoration of the one hail Mary that started the work of Don Bosco with Bartholomeo Garelli was held at Mary Help of Christians at Iju. On 8 December 1841, in fact, Don Bosco met Bartolomeo Garelli, a demotivated but resourceful boy. And so, with a simple Hail Mary recited together, on that distant 8 December 1841, the Salesian oratory began! It is considered a HOME that welcomes, a SCHOOL that teaches (educates), a PARISH that evangelises in the faith and a PLAYGROUND that friends can meet and have fun. The Salesian Oratory has been a place of fun and peace for many young people all over the world. Happy birthday Oratory!

(AFW – Ghana) – International Advanced Solar Training at DBTI Ashaiman.

(Ashaiman – Ghana) – The solar training centre which was inaugurated on the 5th of December 2019 is currently training people from Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Togo in Advanced solar installations. The program which is geared towards creating competent solar technicians and trainers in these countries has both gender participating. Renewable energy is the way to go and Don Bosco Solar Training is preparing a group of young people to lead the change in Africa. Thank you to our donors for supporting our work with young people.