Young people learn skills, build peer relationships and engage with supportive adults

HONDURAS

(MissionNewswire) Mary Help of Christians Parish of Comayagüela, Honduras, animates a Salesian youth volunteer program, which offers young people the opportunity to engage in acts of service. This year, the Camp of the Volunteer Program had as its theme the Strenna 2022 of the Rector Major “Do everything out of love, nothing out of constraint”. The 70 participating volunteers reflected on its meaning and used it as a guide for volunteer initiatives.

Father Ángel Prado, Provincial of Central America, gave a video message to the participants. In it he said: “Dear young people, I would like to congratulate you on your willingness to do good and to give all your energy, your time and your affection for the good of the Church. But remember that you must do it out of love because you love the Church and the young people you are addressing.

Volunteering offers young people the opportunity to give back to those in need within their community. Through the service, young people learn skills, build relationships with their peers, engage with supportive adults, and build their confidence through the activities.

In another project aimed at helping young people gain skills, Mary Help of Christians Parish has collaborated with World Vision and the Mexico Fund – Youth Building the Future in Honduras to launch the NINIS project. The project offered young people between the ages of 19 and 29 who were not studying or working the opportunity to acquire technical skills and financial support.

“Providing young people in Honduras with technical training is the first step in helping them achieve self-sufficiency,” said Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian missions, the American development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “In many countries around the world where poverty is high and where access to education is not universal, it is crucial that Salesian missionaries continue to provide technical and vocational training to as many young people as possible. to ensure that they have access to stable long-term employment.”

The second-largest country in Central America, Honduras is one of the poorest and most criminal countries in the Western Hemisphere, with 60% of its population living in poverty, according to the World Bank. The country’s rugged geographic terrain has limited transportation development, keeping much of the rural population isolated. Poverty and food shortages are severe in rural areas and one in four Hondurans suffers from chronic malnutrition. In addition, one in five Hondurans does not have access to adequate health care.

Salesian missionaries have worked in Honduras for over 100 years, running schools, youth centers and medical clinics to help support and educate poor young people and their families. Additionally, through an ongoing partnership between Salesian Missions and Rise Against Hunger, an international humanitarian organization that provides food and lifesaving aid to the world’s most vulnerable, thousands of people in need are receiving critical medical aid and supplies. nutritious food through Salesian programs. in Honduras.

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RESPONSE – Honduras – Volunteering for the love of the Church and young people

HONDURAS: Young unemployed people benefit from qualifying training

Salesian Missions – Honduras

World Bank – Honduras