In January 2007 the Salesian Sisters of the South Pacific Region, came to the Solomon Islands and opened a house at Henderson, not far from the capital, Honiara, Guadalcanal. There are four Sisters in the community. A girls' hostel was built and opened in 2010. It is within the Sisters' compound and accommodates up to 36 young women from all over the country. The girls can complete their education, study and learn valuable employment and life skills. In 2014 the Sisters opened the Maria Mazzarello Development Centre for young girls and women. This centre was recognized by the Solomon Islands Government since November 2018.