Don Bosco Salesian Sisters came to Cambodia in 1992, when former refugees have re-entered and re-settled in their country, to help the reconstruction and development of the country. The Salesian Sisters saw the need for education, human promotion and development of youth, especially of children and young women, particularly in the area of women and youth education, primary education and skills training. 

At present the Sisters run three Vocational Training Centers for Girls, four Kindergartens, two Elementary Schools and one High School from grade 7 until grade 11.

We are 26 salesian sisters, who are currently spreading the Word of God in Cambodia. 22 in Phnom Penh and 4 in Battambang.

Our VISION is a peaceful, developed Cambodia, where:
– poor youth receive quality education,
– moral and spiritual values are upheld,
– women play active roles in the decision-making and nation-building

– to inspire hope,
– to nurture life and
– to promote human dignity
through integral education of poor youth, especially girls, that they may experience God’s love and be empowered to become active and honest citizens.

Since we started our educative mission in Cambodia, the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports (MOEYS) has expressed its appreciation for the work that the Salesian Sisters are doing for poor children and young women in Phnom Penh as well as in Battambang. With much encouragement and gratitude they granted us school-opening permits and facilitated the inauguration of our two kinder-elementary schools, two vocational training centers in the city and one literacy & sewing center in Battambang.

Brief history

Our presence in Cambodia was solicited, in 1992, by the Salesian Fathers, already working in the country. The then Mother General, M. Marinella Castagno, entrusted the preliminary survey for a possible presence in Cambodia to the Thai Provincial, Sr. Teresa Kohasuwan, and to the councilor for the missions in our Institute, Sr. Lina Chiandotto. The survey was carried out in March 2002. The report on the survey revealed a sad state of the people of Cambodia, survivors of the Pol Pot genocide. The people lacked every means to live a human life since they had been deprived for years of education and of possibility to develop humanly and socially. The economy was at the lowest possible level and hunger and sickness were extensive.

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