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On Monday 5th of April, Timor-Leste was struck by severe flooding, only adding to the worries already present after the country recently entered a fresh lockdown after news of a severe new COVID-19 outbreak.

Torrential rain has sparked widespread destruction in Timor-Leste, causing devastating flooding and landslides that have claimed the lives of at least 100 people. Many are still missing, and roads, bridges and houses have been laid to waste in the capital of Dili, which is still very much underwater.

The Salesian Community of Don Bosco Comoro and some of other religious communities in Dili have lept into service, offering their facilities such as the gymnasium and classrooms as a place of shelter and triage, accommodating the thousands of Timorese that have been left homeless.

Displaced persons huddle together to shelter from the elements

Currently, there are over 600 households and 3000 individuals who have registered as needing support in Comoro. Among these are many vulnerable people, including those living with disabilities, pregnant women, children and elderly.

In the last two days, there has been a great outpouring of kindness and generosity from around the Salesian family and other NGO’s, however, still more is needed. Tina Newton, director of the Salesian Missions Overseas Aid Fund reports that there is still an urgent need for food, clean water and medicine.

Timor-Leste, Australia’s closet neighbour is the poorest country in South East Asia and any donations towards this lifesaving cause a greatly appreciated, as well as being tax-deductable.

To support the Timor-Leste Flood appeal, please click here

In 134 countries around the world, the Salesians of Don Bosco are well placed to enact a co-ordinated response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. They are working at the grassroots level within communities providing daily essential services such as education, healthcare, shelter, nutrition and Covid-19 awareness programs in Asia, Africa, Central America and South America.

When you imagine what it might be like in the Pacific Island of Samoa, no doubt there are images of a crystal blue ocean and palm trees dotting a pristine beach. In fact, this is true as Samoa is bursting with an abundance of natural beauty. As in most Pacific countries, the people with their welcoming spirit and contagious smiles are even more beautiful than the surrounding landscape. The deeply traditional society prides itself on its hospitality and welcoming nature. The concept of ‘Alofa’, Love, pervades every aspect of their life.

The mission of Salesians in the face of the pandemic in Ethiopia

To contribute to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and its social consequences, the Salesian communities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia continue to support "the poorest of the poor", the local street children and vulnerable elderly. Depending on charity, these groups have been severely impacted during the pandemic lockdown, placing them at greater risk of Covis-19 and malnutrition.

The Battle against COVID-19

$10 is all it takes to supply food and restore hope to some of the poorest families in the world that have lost their entire income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.