Fiftieth anniversary of professional formation for Animators
There was a celebration in Haacht on Saturday April 25th for the 50th anniversary of the "Don Bosco Youth Service" . Present were Fr. Fabio Attard and Sr. Maria del Carmen Canales, of the SDB and FMA General Councils for Youth Ministry, Jos Clares, the SDB Provincial , Sr. Thérèse Angelet FMA Provincial and many adult, young people, volunteers, SDB and FMA participants.
The day began with the Eucharistic Celebration and continued with games, workshops and an exhibit on the history of our association. In the evening, there was a theatrical presentation with the
When it began in 1959, the Don Bosco Youth Service was called The School, a Picture of Don Bosco.
As the name tells us, the school placed all of it energies on the level of the formation of the leaders and the accompaniment and help to summer camps of the SDB and FMA.
During the years from 1994-1995, the School saw an important development under the impulse of many enthusiastic and dynamic young people who committed themselves to years of volunteer service in the School that later came to know a total re-organization so as to be accepted by the State as a youth organization and be able to receive economic assistance.
Don Bosco Youth Service saw the light of day in 1996 and on January 1, 1998 was recognized by the State as a Youth Movement.
The qualitative proposal of the formation initiatives was strongly developed , taking into account the multicultural and international aspects of today's society. Initiatives were multiplied also on the level of seeking the "meaning" of life, of faith .
The international level has seen the development of Don Bosco Youth-Net beginning in 1996. During this year the first international encounter was organized in Italy with participants from Italy, Spain, and Flemish North Belgium .
This initiative grew in a completely unexpected way . From January 1, 2005, Don Bosco Youth-Net formed a State recognized non-profit association with an independent structure .
During recent years, the Youth Service has been helping and providing formation in summer camps of Central Africa and cares for several free-time projects in Congo, Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania. In these last two countries Don Bosco Service organizes construction camps each year.
This initiative is called Urafiki.
Thus there was born an exchange of ideas, projects, and experiences between Western European Nations and Africa on the level of free time for children and young people in a completely Salesian spirit.