Phnom Penh. Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia and Schneider Electric have successfully partnered with the vision of helping underprivileged youth in Cambodia through education and skills training for future employment and sustainability.
On Friday 7th July, Mr. Ang Koon San, Schneider Country General Manager in Cambodia and Fr. Roel Soto, SDB, Country Representative of Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia together with Ms. Meriem Kellou, Schneider Social Responsibility Manager of East Asia and Japan, and Ms. Celeste Messina, Schneider VP of Executive Development Program led the opening ceremony of the electrical system training rooms and the solar water pump system of the electrical department of Don Bosco Technical School Phnom Penh. Schneider has renovated and upgraded the electrical department with the latest apparatuses and devices the students need to learn and practice to gain qualified employment and entrepreneurship. The project includes also introducing the students to sustainable energy with the solar powered water pump in a garden fish pond. This feature offers all the students and faculty a visual evidence of how renewable energy can be used and can work towards an ecological future. It also provides food for thought amongst the students to enter into energy-related fields in their future employment where they too can conceive ideas and contribute to the environmental protection in an innovative, sustainable and efficient way.
The inauguration ceremony provided the team at Schneider the opportunity to view the fruits of their gifts and the students they were impacting. On the same token it provided the students the opportunity to thank the benefactors who care about them and their growth. In addition, the event gave the students a window of aspiration, that through hard work they too can rise one day and be aware of their responsibility to give back to their own people, Cambodians.
With a common focus on human and sustainable community development through education and training in view of empowering people to support themselves, Fr Roel invited Schneider with a resonating challenge, “Together let us change the lives of underprivileged youth and ensure that their lives move on!”
Contribution by Dean Fonseca, Don Bosco Phnom Penh Cagliero Volunteer