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.
Don Bosco’s Birth Bicentenary (1815 – 2015)
Fr. John Visser and Fr. Roel Soto showing the exhibition to Princess Norodom Aronreaskmey.Phnom Penh, January 30, 2015 – The celebrations of the Don Bosco Bicentenary in the Kingdom of Cambodia began on January 30 with a Royal guest: Princess Norodom Arunrasmy, the youngest daughter of late King Norodom Sihanouk and sister of current king Norodom Sihamoni. Read more >>
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.