Where we work
According to the agreements with the Cambodian government, Don Bosco Cambodia can set projects over the whole Cambodian territory in relation with education and protection of children and youth from vulnerable and poor communities.
The works of Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia touch the lives of hundreds of children, young people and families in different provinces through different projects.
Since 2000 Don Bosco is working in this boarder region with Thailand, not far from the former Cambodian refugee camps, especially in the District of Poipet with the Don Bosco Poipet Center. The project specialized in the protection of children who were victims of human trafficking in Thailand and child workers, but also it offers some technical training to young people. The literacy center serves children that are late in studies due to their condition of child workers. The Don Bosco Children Fund visits local schools and support very vulnerable children of this area. The Don Bosco Center has impact in all Banteay Meanchey Province and nearby areas like Oudon Meanchey.
The projects work to prevent child labor, especially at brick factories. There is a high school, two literacy centers, agriculture and training for girls. The impact goes beyond Battambang to nearby provinces like Pailin, Pursat and Siem Reap.
Don Bosco has three projects in Battambang Province, the second most populated Cambodian areas after Phnom Penh:
- Don Bosco Salabalath.
- Don Bosco Andong Chen.
- Don Bosco Vocational School for Girls ran by the Salesian sisters.
The Cambodian capital was the first place of settlement of Don Bosco Cambodia in 1991 with the opening of the Don Bosco Technical School in Phnom Penh Thmey Commune and the Don Bosco Children Fund in Tuol Kork. The Salesian sisters created two vocational centers for girls and kindergarten in Tuol Kork and Tekla. The impact of these works cover most provinces around the capital, especially Kandal, Kompung Speu, Prey Veng, Svay Rien and Kompung Cham.
Sihanouk Province was the second region where Don Bosco Cambodia opened a presence in 1997. It is the only international sea port of the country and thus a region of active development, but also many social problems. There are two schools: a Technical Center and a Hotel School, where young people from the coastal Cambodian area come for studies. The King of Cambodia, His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, visited the center on February 11, 2007.
Kep is the smallest Cambodian Province and it was created in 2004. However, the Don Bosco presence in the region focus in children and young people from the Kep, Kampot, Takeo and Ratanakiri provinces, this last one the far north of Cambodia where there are some Cambodian ethnic minorities in vulnerable conditions and poverty. The school is the only Don Bosco center touching the sea and it offers technical sections, as well as the Children Fund.