The size of the first piece of land acquired by Don Bosco in Poipet is 28.721 Square meters, it was bought in November 2001 for only 1.2$ per square meter.
The construction work started in March 2002 by raising the land and building a fence all around it. This work was completed at the end of May 2002. On that same month we started laying the foundations of the guest house and the Store (which will be later on a technical workshop). The importance of building a store is to stock up rice, oil and soybeans for the School Feeding Program that will be implemented in Poipet from October 2002 onwards. The aim of this program is to feed 22.000 children in the Poipet area. The guest house will be the ‘Home Sweet Home’ of Bruno and Catalina who are the volunteers to come to Poipet in order to oversee all start up activities. Among the Salesians, Brother Roberto is in charge of overseeing the construction and the activity of the volunteers. Father John Visser is in charge of all relations with the many donors of the project.
We had to
stop the collaboration with the constructor Mr. Nomady and had to ask another
team to come: this is the Vietnamese group of
We cemented the road from the entrance to the store to allow the trucks to deliver easily the 2000MT of goods for the feeding program.
and the House were finished in October and November 2002.
In order to start the educative activities the soonest, we built a temporary building in steel with 3 class rooms, one office and a kitchen. After one year living in Battambang, Bruno and Catalina came to live in Poipet on the 2nd of November.
The first 60 children started class on Monday 9th of December. The project is a Literacy center for children between 10 and 15 years old. The School Feeding Program also distributed its first meal on that day.
of January had a major event: the arrival of Don Bosco statue in our center in
presence of Hector and Ellen Loontjens. On the same day, the very
On the 31st
we organized the opening ceremony in presence of the Governor of Banteay
Meanchey Province, the authorities of Education, Bishop Kike, Salesians from
The border reopened on the 29 of March 2003.
On the 14th
of February, the first 10 children from the traffic with