The Salesians of Don Bosco on September 5 joined the United Nations and organizations around the globe to observe the International Day of Charity. The UN General Assembly chose the date that commemorates the death anniversary of Saint Mother Teresa of Kolkata. Nearly 30,000 Salesian priests, brothers, sisters and novices work in more than 130 countries around the globe bringing poor youth and their families education, workforce development and social programs. They work in most challenging circumstances and are among the first to respond at the times of humanitarian crises or natural disasters.

As reported by, Father Mark Hyde, director of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco remarked that “Education is always our primary focus, but we know youth are dealing with much more than just needing access to education. Salesian missionaries work to meet basic needs like shelter, food and medical care while also working to ensure that humanitarian aid reaches those who need it most.”

On the International Day of Charity, the Salesians highlighted their unique educational and social programs that help the poor and at-risk youth meet their basic needs, receive an education and find a path out of poverty, bringing them hope for the future.