A passage of hope for young girls

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If you have skills, if you can work, you don’t need to depend on other people. We try to increase their skills as some of them have good capacity. A good way for them to make a way for their own future.

Sr Alma, Provincial of Salesian Sisters (Timor-Leste and Indonesia)

Many homes in the rural town of Venilale are occupied by young women and their small children, unable to work due to lack of education, training or opportunity.

Knowing the benefit education can have for employment and financial independence, the Salesian Sisters opened the Maria Mazzarello Vocational School in 1994.

The Maria Mazzarello Vocational School provides youth with access to culinary and hospitality training for tourism. Madalena* and Fernanda* are two of the many young girls who are fortunate enough to have an opportunity to study at the school.

I am very grateful that I can attend this school … I can see that there are people not in school [and] I want to support them in my country.

Madalena* - Student at St Maria Mazzarello Vocational School

Keeping the Maria Mazzarello Vocational School running means the Salesian Sisters can continue reaching out to young girls like Madalena* and Fernanda*, providing them with local opportunities to secure a future and gain financial independence.

The work of the Salesian Sisters truly captures the essence of Pope Francis’ World Mission Day message this year. With their hearts truly on fire and feet on the move, they have taken action, by actively serving their communities and those in most need.

Your action today can make a difference to the lives of young girls like Madalena and Fernanda, and help further the work of missionaries in Timor-Leste and around the world.

Will you journey with the Salesian Sisters as they nurture Timor-Leste’s future?

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