The doors of the Bicentenary in Cambodia were opened by a Princess
Princess Norodom Arunrasmy of Cambodia presided the opening of the Bicentenary celebrations in the Kingdom.
More than 4,000 students, teachers and past pupils camped at the Don Bosco Phnom Penh campus for three days.
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.
More than 4,000 persons camped for two nights at the Campus of the Don Bosco Technical School in Phnom Penh: students from Poipet, Battambang, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville, teachers, past pupils, the Salesian Family and representatives from the Cambodian government and the Catholic Church.
The program started with the welcoming of Princess Norodom Arunreaksmey in the morning of January 30 by Fr. Roel Soto, Superior of the Cambodian Delegation, Fr. John Visser, Country Representative and other members of the Salesian Family.
Watch the arrival of Princess Norodom Arunreaksmey in our Youtube channel:
Princess Norodom Arunreaksmey congratulated the Salesian Family for the event of the Don Bosco Birth Bicentenary and appreciated the contribution of the Salesians to the education of Cambodian children and youth since the troublesome times of the countries’ history.
The Solemn Mass was presided by Mgr. Olivier Schmitthaeusler, Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Phnom Penh.
The celebrations of the Cambodian Bicentenary of Don Bosco is an occasion to evaluate the social impact of the Salesian works in the Kingdom since the refugee camps. For this reason, there was a permanent exhibition of the Don Bosco projects.
The Celebrations included sports and culture, of course, where young people could show their their talents and meet their friends. Teams from different schools met in friendly games.
The Bicentenary Celebrations in Cambodia are not over. The different schools and works of the Salesian Family have their own schedules to say #HappyBirthdayDonBosco.
For this reason, the Don Bosco Cambodia Audiovisual Center doubled the Strenna 2015 in Khmer. “It is the first time that a Rector Major speaks clearly in Khmer language.” You can watch the Strenna in Khmer here:
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.
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