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
The Don Bosco Children Fund (DBCF) was created in the Cambodian refugee camps by the Salesians in the 1980s as a way to guarantee that children keep going to school, escaping evils such as human trafficking, child abuse, child labor and others. It consists in providing a sponsor for a vulnerable kid. The children are normally with their own families or in centers, mostly not run by DBFC. Social workers follow their cases in a way that the kids keep studying while resolving any possible impediment for their education. Sponsors are invited to support a poor kid with a 25-monthly fee.
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 Technical Schools of DBFC are intended to provide Cambodian young people from poverty with a technical skill in a way that they can increase their opportunities to have a more honorable job. In this way, young people will increase the standards of life of their own family. Young people apply to the Don Bosco Technical School every year to follow a two years intensive training in different sections. In an interview, the board of the school evaluate the social condition of the candidate. Unfortunately, there is a limit in the number of students the Technical Schools can receive due to the charitable character of Don Bosco.
Sponsors are invited to support the Technical Schools so they can continue their mission in training Cambodian young people.
There are six technical schools for teenagers between 16 and 22 years old, male and female, who have concluded at least 8th grade. The following is the list of technical skills provided by Don Bosco schools in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Kep, Battambang and Poipet:
- Industrial Mechanic.
- Social Communication (Web Design & Audiovisual.)
- Secretarial and Office Administration.
- Hospitality (Culinary, Housekeeping, Front Office and Food & Beverage.)
- Art Communication.
- Information Technology and Language.
The technical formation include English learning and computer.