DON BOSCO SIHANOUKVILLE — On May 24, 1991, Fr. Valter Brigolin and Br. Roberto Panetto arrived to Phnom Penh City to open the presence of Don Bosco in Cambodia. However, the relation between the Salesians and the Cambodian people is older: since 1988 the UN invited the Salesians of Bangkok to take care of the education of children and youth at the Cambodian refugee camps in Thailand.
The Cambodian Salesian Delegation is preparing for the 30rd anniversary next year with the wish to invite the Rector Major. For the moment and in the middle of the global pandemic, the Salesian presences stay where they are, near their Cambodian students as a light of hope, always for a better future.
The Solemnity of Mary Help of Christians got at Don Bosco Sihanoukville a simple but meaningful event. In the last year, the school has been through difficult challenges like the flood that destroyed the Gelato Italiano shop, a way to make the project sustainable.
“In the occasion, Fr. Un Son, the Sihanoukville parish priest, came for the blessings of the place together with Dominican sisters . The former ice cream and pizza shop was completely destroyed by the devastating floor on August 8th, 2019,” said Br. Roberto Panetto, the first Salesian in Cambodia and now the economizer of the Delegation. “The Salesian community has worked hard to prepare the new place. On the ground floor the wooden pizza oven with restaurant and bakery and fresh pastry corner. on the upper floor, ice cream parlor and bakery shop open on main road in front of the school. The pizza shop has been designed by young architect Edoardo Ceresa, who volunteers several times in our mission in Cambodia to build houses for poor families,” explains Brother Roberto.