About Don Bosco Cambodia
The Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia (DBFC) or the Cambodian Salesian Delegation, is an organism that belongs to the Salesians of Don Bosco under the Thai Salesian Province (THA) that began activities at the Cambodian refugee camps in Thailand in 1988) with technical schools and children fund invited by the United Nations. The Cambodian Royal Government requested Don Bosco in 1990 to settle inside Cambodia for the reconstruction period.
The mission & vision statement:
We envision a communion of communities of Salesians, Lay Mission Partners, youth and children, growing and working together for the total development of the young, and enriching the culture for a new civilization of love.
Therefore, we commit ourselves:
- As Salesians, to be like Saint John Bosco, a friend, father and teacher of the youth;
- As Lay Missioner Partner, to be leaders, facilitators and educators;
- As children and youth, to be good sons and daughters of Saint John Bosco.
As 2016 there are technical centers in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Battambang, Poipet and Kep. Though it is a Catholic organization, it’s not religious oriented in their projects, meaning all beneficiares are not object of religion propaganda in anyway. Members of Don Bosco in Cambodia include Roman Catholic religious men and women (sisters, brothers, priests and seminarians), Lay Missionary Partners (teachers, staff, foreign volunteers and any persons performing any actions for Don Bosco Cambodia and its beneficiaries for short or long terms without distinction of religion or nation).
DBFC has its genesis at the Cambodian refugee camps in Thailand when the United Nations and the Jesuit Refuge Office invited the Salesians of Don Bosco in Thailand to open six technical centers in six refugee camps along the border in 1886 and to get interest in Cambodian children living in the camps.
In 1991 the Cambodian Royal Government invited Don Bosco to open a technical school in Phnom Penh.
In 1992 DBFC set the Don Bosco Children Fund. The Salesian Sisters open a vocational center for young women and some kindergarten for orphans.
In 1997 it was open the Don Bosco Technical School in Sihanoukville, the only deep sea international port of Cambodia.
In that same year DBFC established two literacy centers in Battambang.
In 2000 it was constructed a shelter for children in Poipet and it was acquiesced a land in Kep.
In 2007 the Don Bosco Hotel School Sihanoukville was inaugurated by His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni. In that same year it was open the program of social communication in that same city.
In 2011 the Don Bosco Technical School Kep was open and there was an offering to create a technical center in Ratanakiri Province, a project under formation.
The Cambodian Salesian Council (CSC) is the main board of DBFC and it is formed by the rectors of the different Salesian works in Cambodia, mainly the communities of Phnom Penh, Battambang, Poipet, Sihanoukville and Kep. It includes the Country Representative for legal issues before the Cambodian government and national and international agencies and the Salesian Delegate Superior that represents the internal organization of the Salesians in Cambodia.
The CSC is recognized as the civil and religious body by the Salesian Provincial Council with headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand and by the Salesian Region of East Asia – Oceania (EAO). The CSC has also an administrator that sees for the procurement of funds, finances reports before due authorities and control over expenditures in any project. There is also a general secretary and and other responsibilities.
Funds, Programs and Others
DBFC is a Non-For-Profit and Charitable organization depending mainly from the good will of benefactors and donors from different countries. Any program is presented to different agencies looking for support according to the needs of beneficiaries, specially children and young people. DBFC is committed that any fund reaches the real needed, specially persons who are vulnerable in society like children from streets, orphans, child workers, children in danger of human trafficking, HIV children, disabled youth, young people from Cambodian ethnic minorities, girls and young women.