DBFC is a national and international organization founded in 1991 by the Salesians of Don Bosco to train orphans and poor youth in different technical skills and to support children to continue their basic and secondary education. In this way they can come out of the circle of poverty and contribute to a more positive social change in their country: Cambodia. Most of the activities run by the Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia evolve around training and education.
MOU 2015 Renovation
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Cambodian Royal Government renovated the Memorandum of Understand with the Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia last April 13, 2015 under the number 828 OI/MFA/IC.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation presents its compliments to Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia and, with reference to the letter of the latter’s Country Representative dated 20 March 2015, has the honor to confirm that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has agreed to extend the validity of the Memorandum of Understand between the Royal Government of Cambodia and Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia singed on 25 May 2000, for another three-year term, beginning from 26 May 2015 onward.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation avails itself of this opportunity to renew to Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia the assurance of its high consideration.
Phnom Penh, 13 April 2015
More information about the legal status of DBFC in Legal Notices.
Strenna 2015 in Khmer
The “Strenna” is an annual message of the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco to motivate a new academic year around the world. This is the first Strenna of the new RM Don Angel Fernandez Artime. The Don Bosco Cambodia Audiovisual Center doubled it in Khmer language.
There are six technical schools for teenagers between 16 and 22 years old, male and female, who have concluded at least 8th grade. The following is the list of technical skills provided by Don Bosco schools in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Kep, Battambang and Poipet:
- Industrial Mechanic.
- Social Communication (Web Design & Audiovisual.)
- Secretarial and Office Administration.
- Hospitality (Culinary, Housekeeping, Front Office and Food & Beverage.)
- Art Communication.
- Information Technology and Language.
The technical formation include English learning and computer.
The DBFC has also the Don Bosco Children Fund (DBFC) and the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund to support children around the country to return to school or to prevent school abandonment.
There is also a program in Sihanoukville for young inmates learning English, computer, electricity and small engine, to prepare the inmate to leave prison with better perspectives for a social integration.
DBFC has its genesis at the Cambodian refugee camps in Thailand when the United Nations and the Jesuit Refuge Office invited the Salesians of Don Bosco in Thailand to open six technical centers in six refugee camps along the border in 1886 and to get interest in Cambodian children living in the camps.
In 1991 the Cambodian Royal Government invited Don Bosco to open a technical school in Phnom Penh.
In 1992 DBFC set the Don Bosco Children Fund. The Salesian Sisters open a vocational center for young women and some kindergarten for orphans.
In 1997 it was open the Don Bosco Technical School in Sihanoukville, the only deep sea international port of Cambodia.
In that same year DBFC established two literacy centers in Battambang.
In 2000 it was constructed a shelter for children in Poipet and it was acquiesced a land in Kep.
In 2007 the Don Bosco Hotel School Sihanoukville was inaugurated by His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni. In that same year it was open the program of social communication in that same city.
In 2011 the Don Bosco Technical School Kep was open and there was an offering to create a technical center in Ratanakiri Province, a project under formation.