Sumba (Fides Service) - Salesians, teachers and pupils at Waipengali on the island of Sumba are happy that a first new building for Tigaraksa Novitiate at a new Salesian Centre is almost ready. The building will accommodate 11 novices. According to the Salesian bulletin ANS, the Salesian community in Waitebula-Sumba (Indonesia), which works at a Carpentry training centre is about to move to new premises in the village of Waipengali. The community, three Salesians and 20 boarding pupils, animated by Fr Yohannes Laba Tolok, is still at the moment at the old carpentry school belonging to the diocese close to the cathedral. The start of a new Liturgical year was a good opportunity to start the move to the ten hectares of land entrusted to the Salesians by the diocese of Sumba.
The new premises is only 7 km from the old one. The new centre will include a Novitiate, a formation centre, an Oratory for young people. The Salesian inspectors for Indonesia and East Timor (ITM) have the support of the Rector major and other benefactors to construct four buildings; in the first the novices will be soon accommodated and later in the others, the other sectors of the new Centre in Sumba. (S.L.) (Agenzia Fides 2/12/2005 - Righe 15, parole 227)