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History of Don Bosco in Poipet


The Don Bosco mission began in 1992 when the Salesians of Don Bosco arrived with a mission to assist orphans and poor youth.

Following the example of their Father and Founder, the Salesians identified EDUCATION as the practical tool to fight poverty. 

In order to guarantee a better future for youth, the Salesians established five schools in Russey Keo District (Phnom Penh), Sihanoukville and Battambang for boys and, with the Salesian sisters, in Toul Kork and Tuk Thla (Phnom Penh) for girls. All those schools are identified as “Don Bosco Technical School”. They offer 16-19 year old orphans an intensive technical training. In order to enrol at the schools these young people  passed the 9th grade.  

It became apparent that as a direct result of poverty many children were denied access to Primary or Secondary level education. As a result these children would never reach 9th degree and would be unable to benefit from Don Bosco education programme. In order to begin to address this issue the Don Bosco Children Fund was set up. The purpose of the fund was to offer scholarships in the form of financial assistance to enable these children to go to school and receive an education. The fund now supports the education of over 4000 children in many provinces in Cambodia. 

To meet the need of the children living and working in the brick factories in Battambang two literacy centres were set up. These centres educate nearly 200 children from impoverished backgrounds through an intensive two-year programme after which the children are reintegrated into government schools.

 In response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Cambodia, AIDS orphans or children living in AIDS affected families are offered support through the Children fund in order to access education.

In November 2001 was acquired 28.721 Square Meters in Poipet and the raising of the land started in March 2002.

In January 2003 the Don Bosco statue arrived and the first street boy, Pao, arrived followed days after by a girl, Saline.

On January 31, 2003, Don Bosco Centre Poipet was inaugurated in the presence of the Governor of Banteay Manchey Province, the authorities of Education, Mgr Enrique, Bishop of Battambang Prefecture, Salesians from Phnom Penh and Bangkok, Salesian sisters and many children.

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