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Support the Youth and Family Apostolate of Salesian Brothers in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a country filled with contradictions. On the one hand, the country is showing strong economic growth; on the other, there is still deep, widespread poverty. 

There are some 80 different ethnic groups in the country, with widely differing cultures and languages. Some 58% of the 100 million or so population are Orthodox Christians of the Ethiopian rite, while Catholics make up barely 2%. Although the Catholic Church is in a minority position, it maintains a great many schools, kindergartens and social care centers. 

The Salesians of Don Bosco are providing their important work of service in five different regions of Ethiopia. The congregation has been present in Ethiopia since 1975, and is engaged particularly in working to help disadvantaged young people, such as street children, providing them with a safe refuge, supporting and educating them and offering vocational training. 

The Parish of Our Lady Help of Christians in Adwa, in the northern regional state of Tigray, was established in 1990 and is run today by the Salesians. It serves a community of close to 220 Catholic faithful, most of whom live a hand-to-mouth existence. The average monthly income of most families is about $35 to $70, which is barely enough to survive on. In addition, there are many problems in the families and they need a great deal of support. 

The Salesians base their work upon three main pillars – helping the children, helping young people, and helping families. It is crucially important work, and ACN is proposing to help with a contribution of $16,100 for the current year.

Will you help support this youth and family apostolate work of the Salesian Brothers as they serve the poor in Ethiopia? 

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