Salesian Fr. Antonio Cesar Fernandez has worked for some time in Lome, Togo – his mission being to show that violence and fear will never push away love and compassion.

Through the generosity of our benefactors,  the Don Bosco Ireland Youth Aid (DBIYA) fundraised €3,000 for the Mary Help of Christians Skills Training Centre in Lome. This technical school provides education and training for 300 young people, preparing them for employment with various skills including Computer Technology and Networking, Office Administration/Secretary, Carpentry, Electrical Engineering and Welding. The aim of the school is to promote the professional, socio-cultural, human and religious development of young people. In this way, they can affirm their identity in society and be prepared to take their place in the world of work. The cost of training is about €100 Euro per student, per year.

Fr. Antonio was martyred in Burkina Faso, 15 February 2019.