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  • Do you want to organize an event with us? Come visit us - we'll make coffee, go around the Prussian grandfather's house in 1922  purchased land, we will show you the spaces and discuss the possibilities for you to enjoy this homestead. All you need is to call, get acquainted and search for available dates.
     

    While winter is not far away and the majority of campers are looking forward to summer, in winter there are fewer people wandering around the homestead than usual - peace seekers, "retreaters", vacationers. So, in winter you can consult about even better conditions for your joys. 
     

    We will accommodate everyone - both in the seminar halls (200+) and in the dining room of our good chefs (100+) and in the cozy rooms to spend the night (100+) and to sleep in your own tents (500+).
     

    After talking, listening, dancing, singing, eating and sleeping, you will be able to enjoy our animals, the shore of the Bonne stream, the forest, the playgrounds and much more.

  • Founded in 2000 in June,  Kēkšti village, Kretinga district, Jaunimo sodyba is an educational work and recreation camp for young people and adults of good will that operates all year round. It is a huge rural estate, surrounded by forests, where good conditions have been created for creative leisure and other activities.
     

    The goal of the youth homestead is to help children and young people from poor families to form a positive worldview, to foster morality, and to strengthen community values. Children and young people, their large families are provided here with material and spiritual  help. The Youth Homestead takes care of up to 100 children from: Kretinga ( Padvarii village, Kurmaičiai village, Kluonalių village, Dupulčiai village, Budrii village, Jokūbavas, Tolių village, Kėkšti village, Trakių village .) and Klaipėda district. (Kretingale, Pescojoi village, Stanųi village, Kalnuvėnai village).
     

    The founder of the homestead is Christian Salesian priest missionary Hermanas Šulcas, so  Christian values are promoted here.    

    In the summer, there are many campers at the Jaunimos homestead. The forest surrounding the homestead, the stream flowing nearby, lingonberries growing in the forest, fresh air and endless space  leaves no one indifferent. 
     

    Educators, psychologists and students work with the children, helping socially disadvantaged children and youth to adapt more easily in society. Initiative and active young people with more opportunities in life volunteer at the homestead. and fostered children and youth accumulate experience in communication and cooperation, develop together with young altruists. The homestead children are often visited by priest J.H., who returned from the Mission in Rwanda. Schulz. Here often  public black guests  and the priest's wards from far away  African.

    Youth homesteads  the team has accumulated considerable experience in the field of non-formal education. Managers and volunteers participate in  in various seminars. In the youth farm   students studying psychology, directing, acting, modern dance, music, Lithuanian and English literature, public administration, history, recreation, social work volunteer.

  • Since 1978, the founder of the Youth Homestead, Rev. Herman Schulz, has been a missionary in the African country of Rwanda, in the village of Musha, located 60 km from the capital Kigali.

    Rwanda was chosen as the mission country because of the difficult social condition of the population. 

    According to the priest, when he came to Rwanda, it was very important for him to learn the local language, the understanding of which would directly lead to a national mentality and closer cooperation (the priest speaks 9 languages). 

    After starting his missionary activities, the priest often became a doctor, because medical services are not developed in the region. By helping the poor and doing good works, the priest became popular in the neighborhood and earned the trust of the local people. He established a Youth Homestead and Gymnasium, to which children from distant villages walked as much as 20 km. In the youth homestead, he taught children life skills and crafts. Animals and vegetables were grown there for their own use. Boys also learned locksmithing, car mechanic trades, girls - sewing, ceramics.

    In order to teach the children the family spirit, the priest also invited his mother Elizabeth (1916 - 2005) to Africa, who taught gardening and breeding poultry, and showed everyone a beautiful motherly example. At one time, up to 120 children lived in the homestead. The more talented ones pursued education in higher schools.

    1994  In Rwanda, 2 local tribes rebelled against each other. This event, called the Rwandan Genocide, during  less than 3 months claiming about 800,000 lives. Tutsis and Hutus have had conflicts before due to the fact that the white colonists more recognized and into  allowed tall and intellectual traits Tutsis. Tutsis involuntarily and unexpectedly became favorites of the whites. The relationship sparked in 1994 as well. has reached a critical limit. It is said that this conflict was specially strongly incited by Hutu radicals and 90% of the Tutsis who did not manage to escape to neighboring countries were massacred within a few days. The perpetrators and victims of the genocide were citizens of the same country. People were just publicly hacked to pieces with machetes ( machete - a long, sharp, curved knife ).

    Country 3 months lived in terror. Rwanda is almost 3 times smaller in area than Lithuania and in a short time close to a million inhabitants were massacred here.  Most of the children of the Youth Homestead founded by priest H. Šulcs also died. Black children were also slaughtered with machetes and knives,  having visited Lithuania during the period of Independence. Only 12 out of 120 survived. The priest himself avoided such a fate because he did not have time to return to the homestead from the capital. The priest was persecuted - he was rescued by the United Nations military. After having to leave Rwanda for a while, the priest mourned the dead in Germany.

    After 2 months, for battles  after he had calmed down a bit, priest H. Schulcs, returning to Rwanda, collected starving children from the savannah, who, having seen the death of their parents and escaped from atrocities, were not only afraid of people, but  and stopped talking for a long time.

    Gathering his former assistants, little by little, over the course of 4 years, the priest rebuilt the Youth Homestead and established an Orphanage for children whose parents were killed during inter-tribal conflict or died of starvation.

    About 200 orphaned children and young people between the ages of 2 and 22 live in the homestead. A craft school also operates here, and in 2002. a new Gymnasium was also opened, where up to 400 children study from the surrounding areas and even from the capital. Some of the pupils study in other gymnasiums, some are already studying at universities in Germany, Italy and Rwanda.

    The people of Rwanda are still afraid to talk about the situation in the country, because security and justice are still very lacking here.

  • Hermanas Jonas Šulcas (Hermann Hans Schulz), Lithuanian Salesian priest, missionary, founder of orphanages, craft schools and gymnasiums in Rwanda and the Youth Homestead in the village of Kėkšti, Kretinga district, was born on October 29, 1939 to Klaipėda German Lutheran and Catholic Elžbieta Mockutė , originating from the village of Abaki (Kretinga district), in the family.

    In March 1945, when the front of the Second World War was approaching and the family was retreating from the approaching Red Army, the priest's father was killed during the shelling. Left a widow, her mother and her family settled in Lüneburg (Germany), where the priest's brother still lives.

    The future priest attended the February 16th gymnasium in Huitenfeld, which was supported by sponsors. Not wanting to "be expelled for his restless manner", he moved to a Salesian boys' high school in Italy. Later, H. J. Šulcas graduated in pedagogy and philosophy at the Salesian Institute ("Instituto Salesiano Feglizzo") and obtained the qualification of licentiate in theology. He was ordained a priest in 1968.

    In 1969-1971, he worked as a chaplain, head of a dormitory and a sports teacher of Vasari 16th Gymnasium (Germany). After the Salesians took over the mission in Brazil, he held the position of vicar there from 1971 to 1975, and worked with the youth in São Paulo.

    Since 1978, H. J. Schulcs has been a missionary in Rwanda, in the village of Musha, located 60 km from the capital Kigali. After learning the local language and starting missionary activities, and often becoming a doctor, since medicine is not developed in the region, he became popular here. In 1982, he established a youth homestead and a school, to which children from distant villages walked up to 20 km. However, in 1994, the Rwandan genocide began. Within 100 days, up to a million inhabitants were killed in Rwanda, which is almost three times the size of Lithuania. Most of the children of the Youth Homestead also died. Children killed with machetes and knives, whom H.J.  Šulcas had brought to Lithuania at the beginning of Independence. Only 12 children survived from the whole homestead. The priest himself escaped a cruel fate, but was persecuted. He was rescued by the United Nations military, who took him into a tank. After having to leave Rwanda for a while, the priest lived in Germany. Two years later (1996) after returning to Rwanda and gathering assistants, he rebuilt the Youth Homestead for orphaned children whose parents were killed during inter-tribal wars or died of starvation. About 200 orphans between the ages of 2 and 22 live permanently in the homestead. A craft school was established here, and in 2002 a gymnasium was also opened, where up to 400 children from the surrounding areas study, even the children of the capital's senators and diplomats. Some of the pupils are studying in other high schools, some are already studying at universities in Germany, Italy and Rwanda.

    After the missionary's mother took back 60 ha of native land in the village of Kėkšti, Žalgiris ward, Kretinga district, in 2000. the priest established the Charity and Support Fund "Jaunimo sodyba". Children and youth from social risk families, orphans and other children who need help come here on weekends and camp during holidays. There are also various trainings and seminars, camps for children and adults.

  • The youth homestead is established on the basis of Salesian Christian values. The founder of the World Salesian Community is priest John Bosco. The founder of the youth homestead, priest H. Schultz also belongs to the Salesian community of priests.

    The eyes of the Salesians are directed to the youth, to the rings of humanity,  which mature the future of us all.

    The founder of the Salesian Congregation, St. Fr. Jonas Bosco was born in 1815. August 16 in Italy. 

    After the great French Revolution, Italy was beset by moral and economic difficulties. Fr. John Bosco, seeing the poor youth, decided to dedicate his whole life to them. 

    With the approval of the Pope, in 1862 Fr. J. Bosko founded the Society, which he named in the name of Francis de Sales. The society was approved by the Pope in 1869. March 1

    1901 year. At that time St. Fr. John Bosco was already known all over the world. This date can be considered the first St. Fr. In the footsteps of John Bosco to Lithuania. (The Salesian archive contains several letters of St. Fr. John Bosco to Kaunas and Vilnius).  The first Salesians arrived in Vilnius as early as 1924. August 15 They were invited by Fr. Karolis Liubianecs. Archbishop With the permission of Jurgis Matulaičius, he gave them St. The Church of the Heart of Jesus and the Crafts School with a boarding school, located on Gerosios Vilties street. Archbishop J. Matulaitis in 1928 August 21 entrusted to the monks and St. Stephen's Church. 

  • Do you want to organize an event with us? Come visit us - we'll make coffee, go around the Prussian grandfather's house in 1922  purchased land, we will show you the spaces and discuss the possibilities for you to enjoy this homestead. All you need is to call, get acquainted and search for available dates.
     

    While winter is not far away and the majority of campers are looking forward to summer, in winter there are fewer people wandering around the homestead than usual - peace seekers, "retreaters", vacationers. So, in winter you can consult about even better conditions for your joys. 
     

    We will accommodate everyone - both in the seminar halls (200+) and in the dining room of our good chefs (100+) and in the cozy rooms to spend the night (100+) and to sleep in your own tents (500+).
     

    After talking, listening, dancing, singing, eating and sleeping, you will be able to enjoy our animals, the shore of the Bonne stream, the forest, the playgrounds and much more.

  • Founded in 2000 in June,  Kēkšti village, Kretinga district, Jaunimo sodyba is an educational work and recreation camp for young people and adults of good will that operates all year round. It is a huge rural estate, surrounded by forests, where good conditions have been created for creative leisure and other activities.
     

    The goal of the youth homestead is to help children and young people from poor families to form a positive worldview, to foster morality, and to strengthen community values. Children and young people, their large families are provided here with material and spiritual  help. The Youth Homestead takes care of up to 100 children from: Kretinga ( Padvarii village, Kurmaičiai village, Kluonalių village, Dupulčiai village, Budrii village, Jokūbavas, Tolių village, Kėkšti village, Trakių village .) and Klaipėda district. (Kretingale, Pescojoi village, Stanųi village, Kalnuvėnai village).
     

    The founder of the homestead is Christian Salesian priest missionary Hermanas Šulcas, so  Christian values are promoted here.    

    In the summer, there are many campers at the Jaunimos homestead. The forest surrounding the homestead, the stream flowing nearby, lingonberries growing in the forest, fresh air and endless space  leaves no one indifferent. 
     

    Educators, psychologists and students work with the children, helping socially disadvantaged children and youth to adapt more easily in society. Initiative and active young people with more opportunities in life volunteer at the homestead. and fostered children and youth accumulate experience in communication and cooperation, develop together with young altruists. The homestead children are often visited by priest J.H., who returned from the Mission in Rwanda. Schulz. Here often  public black guests  and the priest's wards from far away  African.

    Youth homesteads  the team has accumulated considerable experience in the field of non-formal education. Managers and volunteers participate in  in various seminars. In the youth farm   students studying psychology, directing, acting, modern dance, music, Lithuanian and English literature, public administration, history, recreation, social work volunteer.

  • Founded in 2000 in June,  Kēkšti village, Kretinga district, Jaunimo sodyba is an educational work and recreation camp for young people and adults of good will that operates all year round. It is a huge rural estate, surrounded by forests, where good conditions have been created for creative leisure and other activities.
     

    The goal of the youth homestead is to help children and young people from poor families to form a positive worldview, to foster morality, and to strengthen community values. Children and young people, their large families are provided here with material and spiritual  help. The Youth Homestead takes care of up to 100 children from: Kretinga ( Padvarii village, Kurmaičiai village, Kluonalių village, Dupulčiai village, Budrii village, Jokūbavas, Tolių village, Kėkšti village, Trakių village .) and Klaipėda district. (Kretingale, Pescojoi village, Stanųi village, Kalnuvėnai village).
     

    The founder of the homestead is Christian Salesian priest missionary Hermanas Šulcas, so  Christian values are promoted here.    

    In the summer, there are many campers at the Jaunimos homestead. The forest surrounding the homestead, the stream flowing nearby, lingonberries growing in the forest, fresh air and endless space  leaves no one indifferent. 
     

    Educators, psychologists and students work with the children, helping socially disadvantaged children and youth to adapt more easily in society. Initiative and active young people with more opportunities in life volunteer at the homestead. and fostered children and youth accumulate experience in communication and cooperation, develop together with young altruists. The homestead children are often visited by priest J.H., who returned from the Mission in Rwanda. Schulz. Here often  public black guests  and the priest's wards from far away  African.

    Youth homesteads  the team has accumulated considerable experience in the field of non-formal education. Managers and volunteers participate in  in various seminars. In the youth farm   students studying psychology, directing, acting, modern dance, music, Lithuanian and English literature, public administration, history, recreation, social work volunteer.

  • Hermann Hans Schulz, Lithuanian Salesian priest, missionary, founder of orphanages, craft schools and gymnasiums in Rwanda and the Youth Homestead in the village of Kėkštai, Kretinga district, was born on October 29, 1939 to Klaipėda German Lutheran and Catholic Elžbieta Mockutė , originating from the village of Abakai (Kretinga district), in the family.

    In March 1945, when the front of the Second World War was approaching and the family was retreating from the approaching Red Army, the priest's father was killed during shelling. Remaining a widow, her mother and her family settled in Lüneburg (Germany), where the priest's only older brother also lived for a long time.

    The future priest attended the February 16th gymnasium in Huitenfeld, which was supported by sponsors. Not wanting to "be expelled for his restless manner", he moved to a Salesian boys' high school in Italy. Later, H. J. Schulz graduated in pedagogy and philosophy at the Salesian Institute ("Instituto Salesiano Feglizzo") and obtained the qualification of Licentiate of Theology. He was ordained a priest in 1968.

    In 1969-1971, he worked as a chaplain, head of a dormitory and a sports teacher of Vasari 16th Gymnasium (Germany). After the Salesians took over the mission in Brazil, he held the position of vicar there from 1971 to 1975, and worked with the youth in São Paulo.

    Since 1978, H. J. Schulz has been a missionary in Rwanda. Read more about Rwanda in the section below.

    After the missionary's mother took back 60 ha of native land in the village of Kėkštai, Žalgiris ward, Kretinga district, in 2000. the priest established the Charity and Support Fund "Jaunimo sodyba". Children and youth from social risk families, orphans and other children who need help gather here on weekends and camp during holidays. There are also various trainings and seminars, camps for children and adults.

  • Founded in 2000 in June,  Kēkšti village, Kretinga district, Jaunimo sodyba is an educational work and recreation camp for young people and adults of good will that operates all year round. It is a huge rural estate, surrounded by forests, where good conditions have been created for creative leisure and other activities.
     

    The goal of the youth homestead is to help children and young people from poor families to form a positive worldview, to foster morality, and to strengthen community values. Children and young people, their large families are provided here with material and spiritual  help. The Youth Homestead takes care of up to 100 children from: Kretinga ( Padvarii village, Kurmaičiai village, Kluonalių village, Dupulčiai village, Budrii village, Jokūbavas, Tolių village, Kėkšti village, Trakių village .) and Klaipėda district. (Kretingale, Pescojoi village, Stanųi village, Kalnuvėnai village).
     

    The founder of the homestead is Christian Salesian priest missionary Hermanas Šulcas, so  Christian values are promoted here.    

    In the summer, there are many campers at the Jaunimos homestead. The forest surrounding the homestead, the stream flowing nearby, lingonberries growing in the forest, fresh air and endless space  leaves no one indifferent. 
     

    Educators, psychologists and students work with the children, helping socially disadvantaged children and youth to adapt more easily in society. Initiative and active young people with more opportunities in life volunteer at the homestead. and fostered children and youth accumulate experience in communication and cooperation, develop together with young altruists. The homestead children are often visited by priest J.H., who returned from the Mission in Rwanda. Schulz. Here often  public black guests  and the priest's wards from far away  African.

    Youth homesteads  the team has accumulated considerable experience in the field of non-formal education. Managers and volunteers participate in  in various seminars. In the youth farm   students studying psychology, directing, acting, modern dance, music, Lithuanian and English literature, public administration, history, recreation, social work volunteer.

  • Do you want to organize an event with us? Come visit us - we'll make coffee, go around the Prussian grandfather's house in 1922  purchased land, we will show you the spaces and discuss the possibilities for you to enjoy this homestead. All you need is to call, get acquainted and search for available dates.
     

    While winter is not far away and the majority of campers are looking forward to summer, in winter there are fewer people wandering around the homestead than usual - peace seekers, "retreaters", vacationers. So, in winter you can consult about even better conditions for your joys. 
     

    We will accommodate everyone - both in the seminar halls (200+) and in the dining room of our good chefs (100+) and in the cozy rooms to spend the night (100+) and to sleep in your own tents (500+).
     

    After talking, listening, dancing, singing, eating and sleeping, you will be able to enjoy our animals, the shore of the Bonne stream, the forest, the playgrounds and much more.

  • Founded in 2000 in June,  Kēkšti village, Kretinga district, Jaunimo sodyba is an educational work and recreation camp for young people and adults of good will that operates all year round. It is a huge rural estate, surrounded by forests, where good conditions have been created for creative leisure and other activities.
     

    The goal of the youth homestead is to help children and young people from poor families to form a positive worldview, to foster morality, and to strengthen community values. Children and young people, their large families are provided here with material and spiritual  help. The Youth Homestead takes care of up to 100 children from: Kretinga ( Padvarii village, Kurmaičiai village, Kluonalių village, Dupulčiai village, Budrii village, Jokūbavas, Tolių village, Kėkšti village, Trakių village .) and Klaipėda district. (Kretingale, Pescojoi village, Stanųi village, Kalnuvėnai village).
     

    The founder of the homestead is Christian Salesian priest missionary Hermanas Šulcas, so  Christian values are promoted here.    

    In the summer, there are many campers at the Jaunimos homestead. The forest surrounding the homestead, the stream flowing nearby, lingonberries growing in the forest, fresh air and endless space  leaves no one indifferent. 
     

    Educators, psychologists and students work with the children, helping socially disadvantaged children and youth to adapt more easily in society. Initiative and active young people with more opportunities in life volunteer at the homestead. and fostered children and youth accumulate experience in communication and cooperation, develop together with young altruists. The homestead children are often visited by priest J.H., who returned from the Mission in Rwanda. Schulz. Here often  public black guests  and the priest's wards from far away  African.

    Youth homesteads  the team has accumulated considerable experience in the field of non-formal education. Managers and volunteers participate in  in various seminars. In the youth farm   students studying psychology, directing, acting, modern dance, music, Lithuanian and English literature, public administration, history, recreation, social work volunteer.

  • Since 1978, the founder of the Youth Homestead, Rev. Herman Schulz, has been a missionary in the African country of Rwanda, in the village of Musha, located 60 km from the capital Kigali.

    Rwanda was chosen as the mission country because of the difficult social condition of the population. 

    According to the priest, when he came to Rwanda, it was very important for him to learn the local language, the understanding of which would directly lead to a national mentality and closer cooperation (the priest speaks 9 languages). 

    After starting his missionary activities, the priest often became a doctor, because medical services are not developed in the region. By helping the poor and doing good works, the priest became popular in the neighborhood and earned the trust of the local people. He established a Youth Homestead and Gymnasium, to which children from distant villages walked as much as 20 km. In the youth homestead, he taught children life skills and crafts. Animals and vegetables were grown there for their own use. Boys also learned locksmithing, car mechanic trades, girls - sewing, ceramics.

    In order to teach the children the family spirit, the priest also invited his mother Elizabeth (1916 - 2005) to Africa, who taught gardening and breeding poultry, and showed everyone a beautiful motherly example. At one time, up to 120 children lived in the homestead. The more talented ones pursued education in higher schools.

    1994  In Rwanda, 2 local tribes rebelled against each other. This event, called the Rwandan Genocide, during  less than 3 months claiming about 800,000 lives. Tutsis and Hutus have had conflicts before due to the fact that the white colonists more recognized and into  allowed tall and intellectual traits Tutsis. Tutsis involuntarily and unexpectedly became favorites of the whites. The relationship sparked in 1994 as well. has reached a critical limit. It is said that this conflict was specially strongly incited by Hutu radicals and 90% of the Tutsis who did not manage to escape to neighboring countries were massacred within a few days. The perpetrators and victims of the genocide were citizens of the same country. People were just publicly hacked to pieces with machetes ( machete - a long, sharp, curved knife ).

    Country 3 months lived in terror. Rwanda is almost 3 times smaller in area than Lithuania and in a short time close to a million inhabitants were massacred here.  Most of the children of the Youth Homestead founded by priest H. Šulcs also died. Black children were also slaughtered with machetes and knives,  having visited Lithuania during the period of Independence. Only 12 out of 120 survived. The priest himself avoided such a fate because he did not have time to return to the homestead from the capital. The priest was persecuted - he was rescued by the United Nations military. After having to leave Rwanda for a while, the priest mourned the dead in Germany.

    After 2 months, for battles  after he had calmed down a bit, priest H. Schulcs, returning to Rwanda, collected starving children from the savannah, who, having seen the death of their parents and escaped from atrocities, were not only afraid of people, but  and stopped talking for a long time.

    Gathering his former assistants, little by little, over the course of 4 years, the priest rebuilt the Youth Homestead and established an Orphanage for children whose parents were killed during inter-tribal conflict or died of starvation.

    About 200 orphaned children and young people between the ages of 2 and 22 live in the homestead. A craft school also operates here, and in 2002. a new Gymnasium was also opened, where up to 400 children study from the surrounding areas and even from the capital. Some of the pupils study in other gymnasiums, some are already studying at universities in Germany, Italy and Rwanda.

    The people of Rwanda are still afraid to talk about the situation in the country, because security and justice are still very lacking here.

  • Herman Jonas Šulcas (Hermann Hans Schulz), Lithuanian Salesian priest, missionary, founder of orphanages, craft schools and gymnasiums in Rwanda and the Youth Homestead in the village of Kėkšti, Kretinga district, was born on October 29, 1939 to Klaipėda German Lutheran and Catholic Elžbieta Mockutė , originating from the village of Abaki (Kretinga district), in the family.

    In March 1945, when the front of the Second World War was approaching and the family was retreating from the approaching Red Army, the priest's father was killed during the shelling. Left a widow, her mother and her family settled in Lüneburg (Germany), where the priest's brother still lives.

    The future priest attended the February 16th gymnasium in Huitenfeld, which was supported by sponsors. Not wanting to "be expelled for his restless manner", he moved to a Salesian boys' high school in Italy. Later, H. J. Šulcas graduated in pedagogy and philosophy at the Salesian Institute ("Instituto Salesiano Feglizzo") and obtained the qualification of licentiate in theology. He was ordained a priest in 1968.

    In 1969-1971, he worked as a chaplain, head of a dormitory and a sports teacher of Vasari 16th Gymnasium (Germany). After the Salesians took over the mission in Brazil, he held the position of vicar there from 1971 to 1975, and worked with the youth in São Paulo.

    Since 1978, H. J. Schulcs has been a missionary in Rwanda, in the village of Musha, located 60 km from the capital Kigali. After learning the local language and starting missionary activities, and often becoming a doctor, since medicine is not developed in the region, he became popular here. In 1982, he established a youth homestead and a school, to which children from distant villages walked up to 20 km. However, in 1994, the Rwandan genocide began. Within 100 days, up to a million inhabitants were killed in Rwanda, which is almost three times the size of Lithuania. Most of the children of the Youth Homestead also died. Children killed with machetes and knives, whom H.J.  Šulcas had brought to Lithuania at the beginning of Independence. Only 12 children survived from the whole homestead. The priest himself escaped a cruel fate, but was persecuted. He was rescued by the United Nations military, who took him into a tank. After having to leave Rwanda for a while, the priest lived in Germany. Two years later (1996) after returning to Rwanda and gathering assistants, he rebuilt the Youth Homestead for orphaned children whose parents were killed during inter-tribal wars or died of starvation. About 200 orphans between the ages of 2 and 22 live permanently in the homestead. A craft school was established here, and in 2002 a gymnasium was also opened, where up to 400 children from the surrounding areas study, even the children of the capital's senators and diplomats. Some of the pupils are studying in other high schools, some are already studying at universities in Germany, Italy and Rwanda.

    After the missionary's mother took back 60 ha of native land in the village of Kėkšti, Žalgiris ward, Kretinga district, in 2000. the priest established the Charity and Support Fund "Jaunimo sodyba". Children and youth from social risk families, orphans and other children who need help come here on weekends and camp during holidays. There are also various trainings and seminars, camps for children and adults.

  • The youth homestead is established on the basis of Salesian Christian values. The founder of the World Salesian Community is priest John Bosco. The founder of the youth homestead, priest H. Schultz also belongs to the Salesian community of priests.

    The eyes of the Salesians are directed to the youth, to the rings of humanity,  which mature the future of us all.

    The founder of the Salesian Congregation, St. Fr. Jonas Bosco was born in 1815. August 16 in Italy. 

    After the great French Revolution, Italy was beset by moral and economic difficulties. Fr. John Bosco, seeing the poor youth, decided to dedicate his whole life to them. 

    With the approval of the Pope, in 1862 Fr. J. Bosko founded the Society, which he named in the name of Francis de Sales. The society was approved by the Pope in 1869. March 1

    1901 year. At that time St. Fr. John Bosco was already known all over the world. This date can be considered the first St. Fr. In the footsteps of John Bosco to Lithuania. (The Salesian archive contains several letters of St. Fr. John Bosco to Kaunas and Vilnius).  The first Salesians arrived in Vilnius as early as 1924. August 15 They were invited by Fr. Karolis Liubianecs. Archbishop With the permission of Jurgis Matulaičius, he gave them St. The Church of the Heart of Jesus and the Crafts School with a boarding school, located on Gerosios Vilties street. Archbishop J. Matulaitis in 1928 August 21 entrusted to the monks and St. Stephen's Church. 

Do you want to organize your event here? Come visit us - we'll brew some coffee, go around the Prussian grandfather's house on land purchased in 1922, we will show you the spaces and discuss the possibilities for you to enjoy this homestead. All you need is to call, get to know each other and search for available dates. 
 

While winter is not far away and the majority of campers are looking forward to summer, in winter there are fewer people wandering around the homestead than usual - peace seekers, "retreaters", vacationers. So, in winter you can consult about even better conditions for your joys. 

We will accommodate everyone - both in the seminar halls (200+) and in the dining room of our good chefs (100+) and in the cozy rooms to spend the night (100+) and to sleep in your own tents (500+).
 

After talking, listening, dancing, singing, eating and sleeping, you will be able to enjoy our animals, the shore of the Bonne stream, the forest, the playgrounds and much more.

Jaunimo Sodyba

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Jaunimo Sodyba - the space founded in the Salesian principle by Father Herman Schultz - which brings together people of different character and age with the main goal - to enjoy life without forgetting the poor. With 60 years of practice in such activities around the world, Father Herman returned to his grandfather's homestead to sow more seeds of kindness for our future and to await his peaceful sunset.

  • Founded in 2000 in June,  Kēkšti village, Kretinga district, Jaunimo sodyba is an educational work and recreation camp for young people and adults of good will that operates all year round. It is a huge rural estate, surrounded by forests, where good conditions have been created for creative leisure and other activities.
     

    The goal of the youth homestead is to help children and young people from poor families to form a positive worldview, to foster morality, and to strengthen community values. Children and young people, their large families are provided here with material and spiritual  help. The Youth Homestead takes care of up to 100 children from: Kretinga ( Padvarii village, Kurmaičiai village, Kluonalių village, Dupulčiai village, Budrii village, Jokūbavas, Tolių village, Kėkšti village, Trakių village .) and Klaipėda district. (Kretingale, Pescojoi village, Stanųi village, Kalnuvėnai village).
     

    The founder of the homestead is Christian Salesian priest missionary Hermanas Šulcas, so  Christian values are promoted here.    

    In the summer, there are many campers at the Jaunimos homestead. The forest surrounding the homestead, the stream flowing nearby, lingonberries growing in the forest, fresh air and endless space  leaves no one indifferent. 
     

    Educators, psychologists and students work with the children, helping socially disadvantaged children and youth to adapt more easily in society. Initiative and active young people with more opportunities in life volunteer at the homestead. and fostered children and youth accumulate experience in communication and cooperation, develop together with young altruists. The homestead children are often visited by priest J.H., who returned from the Mission in Rwanda. Schulz. Here often  public black guests  and the priest's wards from far away  African.

    Youth homesteads  the team has accumulated considerable experience in the field of non-formal education. Managers and volunteers participate in  in various seminars. In the youth farm   students studying psychology, directing, acting, modern dance, music, Lithuanian and English literature, public administration, history, recreation, social work volunteer.

  • Since 1978, the founder of the Youth Homestead, Rev. Herman Schulz, has been a missionary in the African country of Rwanda, in the village of Musha, located 60 km from the capital Kigali.

    Rwanda was chosen as the mission country because of the difficult social condition of the population. 

    According to the priest, when he came to Rwanda, it was very important for him to learn the local language, the understanding of which would directly lead to a national mentality and closer cooperation (the priest speaks 9 languages). 

    After starting his missionary activities, the priest often became a doctor, because medical services are not developed in the region. By helping the poor and doing good works, the priest became popular in the neighborhood and earned the trust of the local people. He established a Youth Homestead and Gymnasium, to which children from distant villages walked as much as 20 km. In the youth homestead, he taught children life skills and crafts. Animals and vegetables were grown there for their own use. Boys also learned locksmithing, car mechanic trades, girls - sewing, ceramics.

    In order to teach the children the family spirit, the priest also invited his mother Elizabeth (1916 - 2005) to Africa, who taught gardening and breeding poultry, and showed everyone a beautiful motherly example. At one time, up to 120 children lived in the homestead. The more talented ones pursued education in higher schools.

    1994  In Rwanda, 2 local tribes rebelled against each other. This event, called the Rwandan Genocide, during  less than 3 months claiming about 800,000 lives. Tutsis and Hutus have had conflicts before due to the fact that the white colonists more recognized and into  allowed tall and intellectual traits Tutsis. Tutsis involuntarily and unexpectedly became favorites of the whites. The relationship sparked in 1994 as well. has reached a critical limit. It is said that this conflict was specially strongly incited by Hutu radicals and 90% of the Tutsis who did not manage to escape to neighboring countries were massacred within a few days. The perpetrators and victims of the genocide were citizens of the same country. People were just publicly hacked to pieces with machetes ( machete - a long, sharp, curved knife ).

    Country 3 months lived in terror. Rwanda is almost 3 times smaller in area than Lithuania and in a short time close to a million inhabitants were massacred here.  Most of the children of the Youth Homestead founded by priest H. Šulcs also died. Black children were also slaughtered with machetes and knives,  having visited Lithuania during the period of Independence. Only 12 out of 120 survived. The priest himself avoided such a fate because he did not have time to return to the homestead from the capital. The priest was persecuted - he was rescued by the United Nations military. After having to leave Rwanda for a while, the priest mourned the dead in Germany.

    After 2 months, for battles  after he had calmed down a bit, priest H. Schulcs, returning to Rwanda, collected starving children from the savannah, who, having seen the death of their parents and escaped from atrocities, were not only afraid of people, but  and stopped talking for a long time.

    Gathering his former assistants, little by little, over the course of 4 years, the priest rebuilt the Youth Homestead and established an Orphanage for children whose parents were killed during inter-tribal conflict or died of starvation.

    About 200 orphaned children and young people between the ages of 2 and 22 live in the homestead. A craft school also operates here, and in 2002. a new Gymnasium was also opened, where up to 400 children study from the surrounding areas and even from the capital. Some of the pupils study in other gymnasiums, some are already studying at universities in Germany, Italy and Rwanda.

    The people of Rwanda are still afraid to talk about the situation in the country, because security and justice are still very lacking here.

  • Herman Jonas Šulcas (Hermann Hans Schulz), Lithuanian Salesian priest, missionary, founder of orphanages, craft schools and gymnasiums in Rwanda and the Youth Homestead in the village of Kėkšti, Kretinga district, was born on October 29, 1939 to Klaipėda German Lutheran and Catholic Elžbieta Mockutė , originating from the village of Abaki (Kretinga district), in the family.

    In March 1945, when the front of the Second World War was approaching and the family was retreating from the approaching Red Army, the priest's father was killed during the shelling. Left a widow, her mother and her family settled in Lüneburg (Germany), where the priest's brother still lives.

    The future priest attended the February 16th gymnasium in Huitenfeld, which was supported by sponsors. Not wanting to "be expelled for his restless manner", he moved to a Salesian boys' high school in Italy. Later, H. J. Šulcas graduated in pedagogy and philosophy at the Salesian Institute ("Instituto Salesiano Feglizzo") and obtained the qualification of licentiate in theology. He was ordained a priest in 1968.

    In 1969-1971, he worked as a chaplain, head of a dormitory and a sports teacher of Vasari 16th Gymnasium (Germany). After the Salesians took over the mission in Brazil, he held the position of vicar there from 1971 to 1975, and worked with the youth in São Paulo.

    Since 1978, H. J. Schulcs has been a missionary in Rwanda, in the village of Musha, located 60 km from the capital Kigali. After learning the local language and starting missionary activities, and often becoming a doctor, since medicine is not developed in the region, he became popular here. In 1982, he established a youth homestead and a school, to which children from distant villages walked up to 20 km. However, in 1994, the Rwandan genocide began. Within 100 days, up to a million inhabitants were killed in Rwanda, which is almost three times the size of Lithuania. Most of the children of the Youth Homestead also died. Children killed with machetes and knives, whom H.J.  Šulcas had brought to Lithuania at the beginning of Independence. Only 12 children survived from the whole homestead. The priest himself escaped a cruel fate, but was persecuted. He was rescued by the United Nations military, who took him into a tank. After having to leave Rwanda for a while, the priest lived in Germany. Two years later (1996) after returning to Rwanda and gathering assistants, he rebuilt the Youth Homestead for orphaned children whose parents were killed during inter-tribal wars or died of starvation. About 200 orphans between the ages of 2 and 22 live permanently in the homestead. A craft school was established here, and in 2002 a gymnasium was also opened, where up to 400 children from the surrounding areas study, even the children of the capital's senators and diplomats. Some of the pupils are studying in other high schools, some are already studying at universities in Germany, Italy and Rwanda.

    After the missionary's mother took back 60 ha of native land in the village of Kėkšti, Žalgiris ward, Kretinga district, in 2000. the priest established the Charity and Support Fund "Jaunimo sodyba". Children and youth from social risk families, orphans and other children who need help come here on weekends and camp during holidays. There are also various trainings and seminars, camps for children and adults.

  • The youth homestead is established on the basis of Salesian Christian values. The founder of the World Salesian Community is priest John Bosco. The founder of the youth homestead, priest H. Schultz also belongs to the Salesian community of priests.

    The eyes of the Salesians are directed to the youth, to the rings of humanity,  which mature the future of us all.

    The founder of the Salesian Congregation, St. Fr. Jonas Bosco was born in 1815. August 16 in Italy. 

    After the great French Revolution, Italy was beset by moral and economic difficulties. Fr. John Bosco, seeing the poor youth, decided to dedicate his whole life to them. 

    With the approval of the Pope, in 1862 Fr. J. Bosko founded the Society, which he named in the name of Francis de Sales. The society was approved by the Pope in 1869. March 1

    1901 year. At that time St. Fr. John Bosco was already known all over the world. This date can be considered the first St. Fr. In the footsteps of John Bosco to Lithuania. (The Salesian archive contains several letters of St. Fr. John Bosco to Kaunas and Vilnius).  The first Salesians arrived in Vilnius as early as 1924. August 15 They were invited by Fr. Karolis Liubianecs. Archbishop With the permission of Jurgis Matulaičius, he gave them St. The Church of the Heart of Jesus and the Crafts School with a boarding school, located on Gerosios Vilties street. Archbishop J. Matulaitis in 1928 August 21 entrusted to the monks and St. Stephen's Church. 

About us

Jaunimo Sodyba - the space founded in the Salesian principle by Father Herman Schultz - which brings together people of different character and age with the main goal - to enjoy life without forgetting the poor. With 60 years of practice in such activities around the world, Father Herman returned to his grandfather's homestead to sow more seeds of kindness for our future and to await his peaceful sunset.

  • Founded in the year 2000 in June, Kėkštai village, Kretinga district, Jaunimo sodyba is an educational work and recreation camp for young people and adults of good will that operates all year round. It is a huge rural estate, surrounded by forests, where good conditions have been created for creative leisure and other activities.
     

    The goal of the youth homestead is to help children and young people from poor families to form a positive worldview, to foster morality, and to strengthen community values. Children and young people, their large families are provided here with material and spiritual  help. The Youth Homestead takes care of up to 100 children from: Kretinga ( Padvarii village, Kurmaičiai village, Kluonalių village, Dupulčiai village, Budrii village, Jokūbavas, Tolių village, Kėkšti village, Trakių village .) and Klaipėda district. (Kretingale, Pescojoi village, Stanųi village, Kalnuvėnai village).
     

    The founder of the homestead is Christian Salesian priest missionary Hermanas Šulcas, so  Christian values are promoted here.    

    In the summer, there are many campers at the Jaunimos homestead. The forest surrounding the homestead, the stream flowing nearby, lingonberries growing in the forest, fresh air and endless space  leaves no one indifferent. 
     

    Educators, psychologists and students work with the children, helping socially disadvantaged children and youth to adapt more easily in society. Initiative and active young people with more opportunities in life volunteer at the homestead. and fostered children and youth accumulate experience in communication and cooperation, develop together with young altruists. The homestead children are often visited by priest J.H., who returned from the Mission in Rwanda. Schulz. Here often  public black guests  and the priest's wards from far away  African.

    Youth homesteads  the team has accumulated considerable experience in the field of non-formal education. Managers and volunteers participate in  in various seminars. In the youth farm   students studying psychology, directing, acting, modern dance, music, Lithuanian and English literature, public administration, history, recreation, social work volunteer.

  • Since 1978, the founder of the Youth Homestead, Rev. Herman Schulz, has been a missionary in the African country of Rwanda, in the village of Musha, located 60 km from the capital Kigali.

    Rwanda was chosen as the mission country because of the difficult social condition of the population. 

    According to the priest, when he came to Rwanda, it was very important for him to learn the local language, the understanding of which would directly lead to a national mentality and closer cooperation (the priest speaks 9 languages). 

    After starting his missionary activities, the priest often became a doctor, because medical services are not developed in the region. By helping the poor and doing good works, the priest became popular in the neighborhood and earned the trust of the local people. He established a Youth Homestead and Gymnasium, to which children from distant villages walked as much as 20 km. In the youth homestead, he taught children life skills and crafts. Animals and vegetables were grown there for their own use. Boys also learned locksmithing, car mechanic trades, girls - sewing, ceramics.

    In order to teach the children the family spirit, the priest also invited his mother Elizabeth (1916 - 2005) to Africa, who taught gardening and breeding poultry, and showed everyone a beautiful motherly example. At one time, up to 120 children lived in the homestead. The more talented ones pursued education in higher schools.

    1994  In Rwanda, 2 local tribes rebelled against each other. This event, called the Rwandan Genocide, during  less than 3 months claiming about 800,000 lives. Tutsis and Hutus have had conflicts before due to the fact that the white colonists more recognized and into  allowed tall and intellectual traits Tutsis. Tutsis involuntarily and unexpectedly became favorites of the whites. The relationship sparked in 1994 as well. has reached a critical limit. It is said that this conflict was specially strongly incited by Hutu radicals and 90% of the Tutsis who did not manage to escape to neighboring countries were massacred within a few days. The perpetrators and victims of the genocide were citizens of the same country. People were just publicly hacked to pieces with machetes ( machete - a long, sharp, curved knife ).

    Country 3 months lived in terror. Rwanda is almost 3 times smaller in area than Lithuania and in a short time close to a million inhabitants were massacred here.  Most of the children of the Youth Homestead founded by priest H. Šulcs also died. Black children were also slaughtered with machetes and knives,  having visited Lithuania during the period of Independence. Only 12 out of 120 survived. The priest himself avoided such a fate because he did not have time to return to the homestead from the capital. The priest was persecuted - he was rescued by the United Nations military. After having to leave Rwanda for a while, the priest mourned the dead in Germany.

    After 2 months, for battles  after he had calmed down a bit, priest H. Schulcs, returning to Rwanda, collected starving children from the savannah, who, having seen the death of their parents and escaped from atrocities, were not only afraid of people, but  and stopped talking for a long time.

    Gathering his former assistants, little by little, over the course of 4 years, the priest rebuilt the Youth Homestead and established an Orphanage for children whose parents were killed during inter-tribal conflict or died of starvation.

    About 200 orphaned children and young people between the ages of 2 and 22 live in the homestead. A craft school also operates here, and in 2002. a new Gymnasium was also opened, where up to 400 children study from the surrounding areas and even from the capital. Some of the pupils study in other gymnasiums, some are already studying at universities in Germany, Italy and Rwanda.

    The people of Rwanda are still afraid to talk about the situation in the country, because security and justice are still very lacking here.

  • Hermanas Jonas Šulcas (Hermann Hans Schulz), Lithuanian Salesian priest, missionary, founder of orphanages, craft schools and gymnasiums in Rwanda and the Youth Homestead in the village of Kėkšti, Kretinga district, was born on October 29, 1939 to Klaipėda German Lutheran and Catholic Elžbieta Mockutė , originating from the village of Abaki (Kretinga district), in the family.

    In March 1945, when the front of the Second World War was approaching and the family was retreating from the approaching Red Army, the priest's father was killed during the shelling. Left a widow, her mother and her family settled in Lüneburg (Germany), where the priest's brother still lives.

    The future priest attended the February 16th gymnasium in Huitenfeld, which was supported by sponsors. Not wanting to "be expelled for his restless manner", he moved to a Salesian boys' high school in Italy. Later, H. J. Šulcas graduated in pedagogy and philosophy at the Salesian Institute ("Instituto Salesiano Feglizzo") and obtained the qualification of licentiate in theology. He was ordained a priest in 1968.

    In 1969-1971, he worked as a chaplain, head of a dormitory and a sports teacher of Vasari 16th Gymnasium (Germany). After the Salesians took over the mission in Brazil, he held the position of vicar there from 1971 to 1975, and worked with the youth in São Paulo.

    Since 1978, H. J. Schulcs has been a missionary in Rwanda, in the village of Musha, located 60 km from the capital Kigali. After learning the local language and starting missionary activities, and often becoming a doctor, since medicine is not developed in the region, he became popular here. In 1982, he established a youth homestead and a school, to which children from distant villages walked up to 20 km. However, in 1994, the Rwandan genocide began. Within 100 days, up to a million inhabitants were killed in Rwanda, which is almost three times the size of Lithuania. Most of the children of the Youth Homestead also died. Children killed with machetes and knives, whom H.J.  Šulcas had brought to Lithuania at the beginning of Independence. Only 12 children survived from the whole homestead. The priest himself escaped a cruel fate, but was persecuted. He was rescued by the United Nations military, who took him into a tank. After having to leave Rwanda for a while, the priest lived in Germany. Two years later (1996) after returning to Rwanda and gathering assistants, he rebuilt the Youth Homestead for orphaned children whose parents were killed during inter-tribal wars or died of starvation. About 200 orphans between the ages of 2 and 22 live permanently in the homestead. A craft school was established here, and in 2002 a gymnasium was also opened, where up to 400 children from the surrounding areas study, even the children of the capital's senators and diplomats. Some of the pupils are studying in other high schools, some are already studying at universities in Germany, Italy and Rwanda.

    After the missionary's mother took back 60 ha of native land in the village of Kėkšti, Žalgiris ward, Kretinga district, in 2000. the priest established the Charity and Support Fund "Jaunimo sodyba". Children and youth from social risk families, orphans and other children who need help come here on weekends and camp during holidays. There are also various trainings and seminars, camps for children and adults.

  • The youth homestead is established on the basis of Salesian Christian values. The founder of the World Salesian Community is priest John Bosco. The founder of the youth homestead, priest H. Schultz also belongs to the Salesian community of priests.

    The eyes of the Salesians are directed to the youth, to the rings of humanity,  which mature the future of us all.

    The founder of the Salesian Congregation, St. Fr. Jonas Bosco was born in 1815. August 16 in Italy. 

    After the great French Revolution, Italy was beset by moral and economic difficulties. Fr. John Bosco, seeing the poor youth, decided to dedicate his whole life to them. 

    With the approval of the Pope, in 1862 Fr. J. Bosko founded the Society, which he named in the name of Francis de Sales. The society was approved by the Pope in 1869. March 1

    1901 year. At that time St. Fr. John Bosco was already known all over the world. This date can be considered the first St. Fr. In the footsteps of John Bosco to Lithuania. (The Salesian archive contains several letters of St. Fr. John Bosco to Kaunas and Vilnius).  The first Salesians arrived in Vilnius as early as 1924. August 15 They were invited by Fr. Karolis Liubianecs. Archbishop With the permission of Jurgis Matulaičius, he gave them St. The Church of the Heart of Jesus and the Crafts School with a boarding school, located on Gerosios Vilties street. Archbishop J. Matulaitis in 1928 August 21 entrusted to the monks and St. Stephen's Church. 

  • Campers

    Teachers and pupils

    Peace seekers

    Athletes

    Dancers

    Actors

    Musicians

    The Poor

  • Retreats

    Community gatherings

    Įmonių seminarai

    Gatherings

    Weddings

    Birthdays

    Various
    social clubs

    Concerts

Founded by father Herman Hans Schulz in 2000, in Kėkštai village, Kretinga district, Jaunimo sodyba is a year-round educational work and recreation camp for young people and adults of good will. It is a huge rural village, surrounded by forests, where good conditions are created for creative leisure and other activities.
 

The purpose of the youth homestead  -  to help children and young people from poor families to form a positive worldview, to foster morality, to strengthen community values. Children and young people and their large families are provided with material and spiritual assistance.
 

The founder of the homestead is Christian Salesian priest missionary Hermanas Šulcas, so  Christian values are promoted here.

 

In the summer, there are many campers at the Jaunimo homestead. The forest surrounding the homestead, the nearby stream, the lingonberries growing in the forest, the fresh air and the endless space will not leave anyone indifferent.
 

Educators, psychologists and students work with the children, helping socially disadvantaged children and youth to adapt more easily in society. Initiative and active young people with more opportunities in life volunteer at the homestead,  and fostered children and youth accumulate experience in communication and cooperation, develop together with young altruists. Homestead children are often visited after returning from the Mission in Rwanda. Herman. Guests and wards from distant Africa are not uncommon here.

 

At the moment, a lot of renovation work is going on in the homestead, which is why we are constantly collecting funds for improving the infrastructure and beautifying the space. One of the chosen ways to develop renewal is to invite more people to enjoy the youth homestead, which is why we host a wider variety of events, such as: weddings, birthdays, class graduations, various camps and larger events.

Since 1978, the founder of the Youth Homestead, Rev. Herman Schulz, has been a missionary in the African country of Rwanda, in the village of Musha, located 60 km from the capital Kigali.

Rwanda was chosen as the mission country because of the difficult social condition of the population. 

According to the priest, when he came to Rwanda, it was very important for him to learn the local language, the understanding of which would directly lead to a national mentality and closer cooperation (the priest speaks 9 languages). 

After starting his missionary activities, the priest often became a doctor, because medical services are not developed in the region. By helping the poor and doing good works, the priest became popular in the neighborhood and earned the trust of the local people. He established a Youth Homestead and Gymnasium, to which children from distant villages walked as much as 20 km. In the youth homestead, he taught children life skills and crafts. Animals and vegetables were grown there for their own use. Boys also learned locksmithing, car mechanic trades, girls - sewing, ceramics.

In order to teach the children the family spirit, the priest also invited his mother Elizabeth (1916 - 2005) to Africa, who taught gardening and breeding poultry, and showed everyone a beautiful motherly example. At one time, up to 120 children lived in the homestead. The more talented ones pursued education in higher schools.

1994  In Rwanda, 2 local tribes rebelled against each other. This event, called the Rwandan Genocide, during  less than 3 months claiming about 800,000 lives. Tutsis and Hutus have had conflicts before due to the fact that the white colonists more recognized and into  allowed tall and intellectual traits Tutsis. Tutsis involuntarily and unexpectedly became favorites of the whites. The relationship sparked in 1994 as well. has reached a critical limit. It is said that this conflict was specially strongly incited by Hutu radicals and 90% of the Tutsis who did not manage to escape to neighboring countries were massacred within a few days. The perpetrators and victims of the genocide were citizens of the same country. People were just publicly hacked to pieces with machetes ( machete - a long, sharp, curved knife ).

Country 3 months lived in terror. Rwanda is almost 3 times smaller in area than Lithuania and in a short time close to a million inhabitants were massacred here.  Most of the children of the Youth Homestead founded by priest H. Šulcs also died. Black children were also slaughtered with machetes and knives,  having visited Lithuania during the period of Independence. Only 12 out of 120 survived. The priest himself avoided such a fate because he did not have time to return to the homestead from the capital. The priest was persecuted - he was rescued by the United Nations military. After having to leave Rwanda for a while, the priest mourned the dead in Germany.

After 2 months, for battles  after he had calmed down a bit, priest H. Schulcs, returning to Rwanda, collected starving children from the savannah, who, having seen the death of their parents and escaped from atrocities, were not only afraid of people, but  and stopped talking for a long time.

Gathering his former assistants, little by little, over the course of 4 years, the priest rebuilt the Youth Homestead and established an Orphanage for children whose parents were killed during inter-tribal conflict or died of starvation.

About 200 orphaned children and young people between the ages of 2 and 22 live in the homestead. A craft school also operates here, and in 2002. a new Gymnasium was also opened, where up to 400 children study from the surrounding areas and even from the capital. Some of the pupils study in other gymnasiums, some are already studying at universities in Germany, Italy and Rwanda.

The people of Rwanda are still afraid to talk about the situation in the country, because security and justice are still very lacking here.

The youth homestead is established on the basis of Salesian Christian values. The founder of the World Salesian Community is St. priest John Bosco. The founder of the youth homestead, priest H. Šulcas  also belongs to the Salesian community of priests.

The eyes of the Salesians are directed to the youth, to the rings of humanity,  which mature the future of us all.

The founder of the Salesian Congregation, St. Fr. Jonas Boskas was born in 1815. August 16 in Italy. 

After the great French Revolution, Italy was beset by moral and economic difficulties. Fr. John Bosco, seeing the poor youth, decided to dedicate his whole life to them. 

With the approval of the Pope, in 1862 Fr. J. Bosko founded the Society, which he named St. In the name of Francis Sales. The society was approved by the Pope in 1869. March 1

1901 year. At that time St. Fr. John Bosco was already known all over the world. This date can be considered the first St. Fr. In the footsteps of John Bosco to Lithuania. (The Salesian archive contains several letters of St. Fr. John Bosco to Kaunas and Vilnius).  The first Salesians arrived in Vilnius as early as 1924. August 15 They were invited by Fr. Karolis Liubianecs. Archbishop With the permission of Jurgis Matulaičius, he gave them St. Church of the Heart of Jesus and School of Crafts with a boarding school, located on Gerosios Vilties street. Archbishop J. Matulaitis in 1928 August 21 entrusted to the monks and St. Stephen's Church. 

Hermanas Jonas Šulcas (Hermann Hans Schulz), Lithuanian Salesian priest, missionary, founder of orphanages, craft schools and gymnasiums in Rwanda and the Youth Homestead in the village of Kėkštai, Kretinga district, was born on October 29, 1939 to Klaipėda German Lutheran and Catholic Elžbieta Mockutė , originating from the village of Abakai (Kretinga district), in the family.

In March 1945, when the front of the Second World War was approaching and the family was retreating from the approaching Red Army, the priest's father was killed during shelling. Remaining a widow, her mother and her family settled in Lüneburg (Germany), where the priest's only older brother also lived for a long time.

The future priest attended the February 16th gymnasium in Huitenfeld, which was supported by sponsors. Not wanting to "be expelled for his restless manner", he moved to a Salesian boys' high school in Italy. Later, H. Schulz graduated in pedagogy and philosophy at the Salesian Institute ("Instituto Salesiano Feglizzo") and obtained the qualification of Licentiate of Theology. He was ordained a priest in 1968.

In 1969-1971, he worked as a chaplain, head of a dormitory and a sports teacher of Vasari 16th Gymnasium (Germany). After the Salesians took over the mission in Brazil, he held the position of vicar there from 1971 to 1975, and worked with the youth in São Paulo.

Since 1978, H. Schulz has been a missionary in Rwanda. Read more about Rwanda here.

After the missionary's mother took back 60 ha of native land in the village of Kėkštai, Žalgiris ward, Kretinga district, in 2000. the priest established the Charity and Support Fund "Jaunimo sodyba". Children and youth from social risk families, orphans and other children who need help come here on weekends and camp during holidays. There are also various trainings and seminars, camps for children and adults.

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