Coronavirus19 pandemic and Salesian Family (2020 - April 30 update)
FROM THE EMERGENCY COORDINATOR
PRAYERS for the Holy Week (at home!)
From the Coordinator (April 3)
We have a really large campaign going on here, involving so many provinces, Mission Offices,
NGO’s, Provincial Planning Development Offices, institutions and individuals
in many countries in all continents.
We would like to baptize this campaign with an attractive name. Let’s have a competition. A prize for the best name, logo and strapline.
Deadline: Sunday, 5 April 2020. Challenge the creativity of the young people around you.
Rector Major message - April 1, 2020 (Youtube)
Ongoing reporting about each province activity (Mission solidarity)
Guidelines for news - report
2020.04.01 EXTERNAL.doc (daily summary of the global Salesian action)
Letter from the Economer General
Letter from the Formation Councilor
Response - inspiration from SDB provinces
April 1, 2020
(ANS - Rome) - Over the course of a few weeks, Covid-19 has gone from being a Chinese national problem to a pandemic involving the whole world. While the contagion has spread day by day in new regions and countries, the Don Bosco Network (DBN), the coordinating body of nine of the most important Salesian NGOs, has been hard at work. Under the patronage of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, it has initiated a coordinated response to the current emergency under the guidance of the Congregation's Emergency Response Coordinator - the coordinator of the Congregation's Mission Office.
Already three years ago, based on the experience matured in various circumstances faced by the Congregation through the years, the Rector Major had appointed an Emergency Response Coordinator, namely the Coordinator of its Mission Office. On 25 March, he promoted a video conference in which 47 people participated, Salesians and lay people, from all the Regions of the Congregation and from the Salesian Central Office.
In addition to sharing information and good practices, they decided to follow a number of actions: map the needy people the Salesian centers can reach at this moment, identify what they need; evaluate the resources available for the needs of individual Circumscriptions (Provinces/Vice Provinces); share best practices; carry out advocacy work through the Salesian presence at the UN and the European Union; develop fundraising campaigns in an orderly and coordinated manner; monitor and accompany the distribution of resources - both bilaterally and internationally.
The emergency response team, promoted by the Mission Sector and supported by the Economer General, have developed the operational tools to follow up on these lines of action (protocols for requesting/offering aid, materials for information, auditing, reporting, etc). These tools were shared with the 90 Circumscriptions of the Congregation and a regular flow of information and the sharing of materials and resources has already been registered via, also, the email address created for the occasion: