FIS Team for HIV Prevention-II
South Africa, Cape Town. August 31, 2017
The Philippine-FIS team flew from Johannesburg to Cape Town. This time their objective was to observe and learn from a Salesian NGO. They were warmly welcomed by Fr. Eddie O’Neill, SDB and Fr. Bongi, SDB. They were hosted by the Salesian Community of Somerset. Everyday, they travelled to Lansdowne were the Salesian Life Choices holds office. Headed by Ms. Sofia Nieves, the NGO runs five major programs: Family Affairs, Leaders’ Quest, Health for Life, New Ventures Studio and Life Choices Academy.
It is amazing how both teams share common realizations: the work for youth is a vast and challenging one; creativity and dedication are key components; there is need for critical analysis so programs can be culturally and socially contextualized; the Salesian ministry, which is both religious and lay, continues to do amazing intervention wherever they are; it is essential to tap, form, and perhaps more importantly, trust and learn from the lay; Don Bosco’s life and works still inspire and guide people when known and explained properly.