The United Nations has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH).The objective of the IYPH is to raise awareness of the importance and impacts of plant health in addressing global issues, including hunger, poverty, threats to the environment and economic development. It would be good for us to consider how we can take forward this objective through our own educative and pastoral initiatives. Taking care of the trees within our own campuses would be a practical way of celebrating the IYPH. Similarly, promoting plantation drives and protection of trees in our neighbourhoods, would be another significant way of marking the IYPH. In this context, I strongly urge you to avoid cutting trees in your campuses. If, for reasons of safety, a tree needs to be felled, please obtain permission from the Provincial Economer and the local government authorities before doing so.The indiscriminate cutting of trees that we sometimes witness in our own campuses is indeed sad. We need to remember that Pope Francis describes the destruction of nature as sin. “For human beings to destroy the biological diversity of God’s creation; for human beings to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes in its climate, by stripping the earth of its natural forests or destroying its wetlands; for human beings to contaminate the earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life – these are sins. For to commit a crime against the natural world is a sin against ourselves and a sin against God”(Laudato Si’ 8).
What we do
About 50,000 children could attend basic education supported by DBFC and about 10,000 young persons learned a skill that allowed them to look for a stable job and rising their standard of life (1991-2013). It has been possible thanks to join efforts with donors, volunteers, associations, other organizations, government, past pupils and many others.
Don Bosco Children Fund (DBCF) was created by DBFC to support children from vulnerable communities to be able to attend schools. Between 1992 and 2004 there were 4,646 children attended by the DBCF. It has also a special chapter for the attention of children with HIV or with HIV parents.
- DBFC rejects any proposal of orphanage tourism.
- It does not participate in programs of child adoption.
- In order to apply to be a volunteer in any Don Bosco project in Cambodia, you have to provide a referenced CV and a police record. DBFC does not request fees and it does not support any volunteers’ business organization.
- Any staff at DBFC, including volunteers and donors, have to follow a code of conduct when meeting minors. No child must be let alone with any adult without a proper assistance.
- Photographies and videos of children under the care of DBFC or related to it, request a special permission and audition.
- Gifts or special donations to children or students under DBFC care must be done in coordination with the due administrative departments.