A Request for Help: The Pacific Projects
Br Michael Lynch
“Without you, I can do nothing” said St. John Bosco and today, these still ring profoundly true! Together we can break the cycle of poverty and ignorance that destroys so many young lives, because as followers of St John Bosco we are committed to helping youth build a better future. To do so, we believe that education and training are central in devolping an individual to their full potential.
Presently, generous benefactors support many worthy Salesian projects from around the world however, it is also our responsibility to seek assistance for our Pacific neighbours within our Australian Province; Samoa and Fiji.
The Salesians are working in 132 countries with a global contingent of 30,000 committed religious men, women and volunteers. In Samoa there are two schools:
- Don Bosco Technical Centre, Alafua
- Don Bosco Co-educational Colleges & Vocational Centre, Salelologa
Both schools require ongoing support to cover running costs, teacher’s salaries, maintenance and workshop materials. Last year, four students Timoteo, Francis, Loimata and Tulua who are currently styuding plumbing and sheet metal classes, were so succesful (in their skills and their attuitudes) at their six month work experience program with the Samoa Water Authority that they were immeaditly offered positions once they graduated from the school!
Another past pupil, Mauluulu, has been incredibly succesful since is graudation from Don Bosco, 20 years ago. He was raised by unemployed grandparents and is the third of ten siblings, however upon his grdatuation, he immeadiatley found work in the building industry and worked his way up the chain to where he is now - the Operations Manager of Silva Constructions!
Matagi was another young Samoan with a similar story; from a very poor background where his farming grandparents where the main source of income to a position of high standing - the Senior Mechanic of the goverment motar department!
In Fiji there is our Salesian House of Studies, however there are now plans to expand upon this. In 2016 we were asked to open a new Parish in the suburb of Nasinu, Suva, where a multi-purpose community, youth centre and outdoor sports faciliites will be constructed
To date the land has been purchased and cleared, awaiting the go-ahead for construction to begin. Don Bosco’s Salesians have established their presence in both Samoa and Fiji. With the help of our friends we are hoping to raise over $100,000 to strengthen this base and extend our service and commitment to the youth in both nations.
We, the Salesians of Don Bosco, are your hands reaching out to the less fortunate… Can we count on your support today?
Even the smallest gift makes a significant difference and is very, very much appreciated.