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Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia was a world leader in economic growth and poverty reduction. It sustained an average growth rate of 7.7 percent between 1995 and 2019, and graduated to a lower middle-income economy in 2015, according to the World Bank. The government has implemented policies to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 on businesses and people’s incomes and to support economic recovery. Still, the poverty rate rose to 17 percent as a result of the pandemic.

While Cambodia achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving poverty in 2009, the vast majority of families who escaped poverty were only able to do so by a small margin. Around 4.5 million people remain near-poor, vulnerable to falling back into poverty when exposed to economic and other external challenges.

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Build primary & secondary schools

In a country where less than half of children finish primary school, Salesian missionaries have long been working to provide greater opportunity, operating 45 schools in poor, rural villages through a partnership between Salesian Missions and the Ministry of Education. Salesian missionaries also operate seven vocational training centers so that youth can develop skills that lead to long-term employment and productive lives.

More than 50,000 children have received the encouragement and support needed to complete elementary education through the Don Bosco Children Fund since its inception in 1992. The Don Bosco Children Fund assists poor youth between the ages of 6 and 15 who are either unable to go to school or have had to drop out due to poverty.

Through the program, youth not only receive support to continue their education, they also receive a monthly assistance package consisting of goods and cash. Social workers ensure that youth make progress and remain in school, and those with special aptitude are further supported and encouraged to pursue college coursework. The Don Bosco Children Fund also operates both a primary and secondary school in Battambang with a focus on making sure young girls have access to education.

At another location, Don Bosco Kep provides basic, secondary and technical education to poor youth living in the Cambodian provinces of Kep, Kampot, Takeo, Ratanakiri and Mondolkiri. The school’s educational and social development programs help students break the cycle of poverty and become contributing members of their communities. Don Bosco Kep provides special attention to children and young people from ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, orphans and at-risk youth in danger of becoming victims of human trafficking, labor exploitation or other abuses.

Provide technical & vocational training

Salesian missionaries have a long history of teaching job skills to youth in Cambodia. Through the United Nations, missionaries began providing technical and vocational education to Cambodian refugees living in camps along the Thai-Cambodian border in the late 1980s. In 1993, at the invitation of the government of Cambodia, a technical school in Phnom Penh was established to republish, translate and write books and educational documents that were destroyed during the Khmer Rouge regime. The technical school contained the only working printing press in the country—and served as a model of hope through education.

Salesian early education and technical training helps to ensure that youth have access to the education and advanced training needed to find and secure long-term employment. For example, at Don Bosco Kep, Salesian missionaries provide basic, secondary and technical education to poor youth living in the Cambodian provinces of Kep, Kampot, Takeo, Ratanakiri and Mondolkiri. Don Bosco Kep provides special attention to children and young people from ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, orphans and at-risk youth in danger of becoming victims of human trafficking, labor exploitation or other abuses.

Don Bosco Kep offers courses in social communication and journalism, front office management, housekeeping, and tailoring. In October 2012, an electrical department opened and information technology and language classes began. A year later, the technical school again expanded to include coursework in culinary arts, agriculture, food and beverage, art communication, and office administration. In addition, Don Bosco Kep developed a small farm to better serve the needs of poor and disadvantaged youth in the region. The new farm will help to support the work of the agricultural department, which serves to train Cambodian youth in mechanical agriculture while producing food for the technical school to aid its sustainability.

At the Don Bosco Technical Institute Salabalath, located in Battambang, education focuses on agro-technical education as a means to teach youth new and modern farming techniques to help them develop the skills for later employment. The institute includes a well-established farm adjacent to the school building that specializes in seeds, rice production and raising animals. Farming students learn new agriculture skills in the classroom and are able to put those skills to use during hands-on practice on the farm. Youth attending the Don Bosco Technical Institute are supported by the Don Bosco Children’s Fund.

Students from the St. Anne Orphanage were granted scholarships to attend Don Bosco Vithayalai in Battambang, thanks to donor funding from Salesian Missions. Children attending Salesian schools in Cambodia have faced a number of issues including abandonment from their families, abuse, child labor and trafficking, and migration. As a result, they often miss school and fall behind academically. Salesian schools ensure that young students are able to attend school even if they are unable to pay for it.

Rescue children facing adversity

The Don Bosco Children Fund assists poor youth between the ages of 6 and 15 who are either unable to go to school or have had to drop out due to poverty. Through the fund’s program, youth not only receive support to continue their education, they also receive a monthly assistance package consisting of goods and cash. Social workers ensure that youth make progress and remain in school, and those with special aptitude are further supported and encouraged to pursue college coursework.

The Don Bosco Children Fund also operates both a primary and secondary school in Battambang with a focus on making sure young girls have access to education. In Cambodia, education for girls opens doors to opportunities. With even a basic education, girls are better equipped to face the daily dangers of human trafficking, child prostitution and substance abuse. Today, more than 2,000 girls who live in poverty have access to basic education and continued vocational and technical training — bringing the possibilities of jobs and independence within reach. Hundreds of students at four specialized schools for young women are opening new doors for themselves by developing secretarial skills and skills in printing, electronics and sewing.

Build orphanages & shelters for homeless youth

The Don Bosco Children Fund operates a multifunctional center for children in the city of Sihanoukville. The center includes a kindergarten, nursery, daycare center and shelter. The goal of the center is to provide services to vulnerable women and children who are most at risk of exploitation, human trafficking and crime while living on the streets within the city.

The need for such support was so critical that before construction was even complete on the new center and its services made public, mothers lined up to enroll their children. Already, the kindergarten class has 15 children with 10 more in the nursery and two living at the shelter full-time. According to Brother Roberto Panetto, coordinator of the center, many of the children entering the program suffered some form of physical and/or emotional neglect.

Some children accessing services had never been vaccinated and were sick upon arriving. Others had been living on the streets with single mothers addicted to drugs or alcohol. One 10-year-old girl could not read, write or count. Without meaningful intervention, all of these children would have been at high risk for exploitation.

Empower girls & women through education

The Don Bosco Children Fund operates both a primary and secondary school in Battambang with a focus on making sure young girls have access to education. In Cambodia, education for girls opens doors to opportunities. With even a basic education, girls are better equipped to face the daily dangers of human trafficking, child prostitution and substance abuse. Today, more than 2,000 girls who live in poverty have access to basic education and continued vocational and technical training — bringing the possibilities of jobs and independence within reach. Hundreds of students at four specialized schools for young women are opening new doors for themselves by developing secretarial skills and skills in printing, electronics and sewing.

Provide youth centers & safe activities

The Don Bosco Children Fund operates a multifunctional center for children in the city of Sihanoukville. The center includes a kindergarten, nursery, daycare center, and shelter. The goal of the new center is to provide services to vulnerable women and children who are most at risk of exploitation, human trafficking and crime while living on the streets within the city.

The need for such support was so critical that before construction was even complete on the new center and its services made public, mothers lined up to enroll their children. Already, the kindergarten class has 15 children with 10 more in the nursery and two living at the shelter full-time. According to Brother Roberto Panetto, coordinator of the center, many of the children entering the program suffered some form of physical and/or emotional neglect.

Some children accessing services had never been vaccinated and were sick upon arriving. Others had been living on the streets with single mothers addicted to drugs or alcohol. One 10-year-old girl could not read, write or count. Without meaningful intervention, all of these children would have been at high risk for exploitation.

Provide clean, safe water

Don Bosco Kep completed a water system and sanitation project on its school grounds. The project entailed a new well, a water filter, new irrigation and a water treatment plant, in addition to new sanitation facilities. The water project is providing appropriate sanitation and fresh drinking water for 350 students and teachers on campus, as well as providing clean water for farming, fishing ponds and cooking. The addition of the new water treatment facilities is also preventing ecological contamination.

At Don Bosco Technical School, the recent Mary Help of Youth Water Tower is part of the water system project. Its construction will guarantee water for this large educational community for years to come. Most people in the region utilize well water and this tower, constructed by a group of volunteers, will go significantly deeper than the average well and has two reserve tanks to hold additional water. Using green technologies, the water pump is generated by installed solar panels.

Deliver life-saving meals

Students in Salesian programs across Cambodia have access to better nutrition thanks to an ongoing partnership between Salesian Missions and Rise Against Hunger, an international relief organization that provides food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable. A recent rice-meal donation, which also included Sawyer water filters, was shared with Don Bosco Technical School and Don Bosco Hotel School Sihanoukville, Don Bosco Technical School Kep Province, Don Bosco Technical School Phnom Penh and Salesian Cooperators Center Takeo Province.

More than 3,700 beneficiaries involved in programming supported by the Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia have access to better nutrition thanks to a partnership between Salesian Missions and Rise Against Hunger, an international relief organization that provides food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable. The donation was shipped in the third and fourth quarters of 2018. Additional shipments impacting more than 2,500 students were made in 2019.

The rice-meals were distributed to programs connected to Don Bosco Technical & Hotel School Sihanoukville, Don Bosco Technical School Phnom Penh and Don Bosco Technical School Kep. Included in the total number of beneficiaries were 1,100 vocational and technical students at the schools who are studying to gain the skills and experience for long-term employment. The Salesian schools provide technical skills for young people from poor families and also offer boarding for those who find it difficult to rent a room on their own outside the school.

Deliver essential equipment & supplies

The Don Bosco Foundation has signed a partnership agreement with Schneider Electric’s Cambodia office for the company to supply electrical energy and the construction of a solar-powered water pump at the Salesian Technical School of Phnom Penh. The agreement is a first step toward further collaboration that aims to also involve the electrical training departments of the Salesian centers of Poipet, Sihanoukville, Battambang and Kep.

Schneider Electric, a European multinational corporation that specializes in electricity distribution, automation management and the production of installation components for energy management, has partnered on several initiatives with Salesian programs around the globe.

Schneider Electric’s contribution to Salesian programs means significant support in technical-educational projects including a contribution to the latest educational programs in the electrical sector, improved equipment, and ongoing training for both teachers and students. The project also introduces a source of sustainable energy via the solar-powered water pump to the Salesian community.

In addition, youth with disabilities attending Don Bosco Technical School in Kep City have wheelchairs and a new elevator thanks to Salesian Missions donors. Don Bosco Kep has been in the process of making broad changes to ensure that students with disabilities are able to access education.

In addition to these donations, in January 2015, Don Bosco Tech was awarded a grant from the Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to make changes to the school’s buildings and dormitories to ensure they are accessible for students with physical disabilities. The school has also received funding to aid this construction from Don Bosco Bonn and the Sawasdee Foundation.

Improve health services

The Don Bosco Children Fund provides services and support for AIDS orphans and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Phnom Penh, the capital and largest city of Cambodia, and surrounding areas. More than 840 youth are receiving education and health services as a part of the fund’s Project HIV/AIDS. Through Project HIV/AIDS, the Don Bosco Children Fund aims to provide holistic and proactive programs on primary health care and education, improve children’s health and welfare with antiretroviral therapy, and encourage public awareness and community involvement.

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CAMBODIA: Students receive meals through partnership

Don Bosco Foundation received 1,200 boxes of rice-meals thanks to Feed My Starving Children donation. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Sept. 6, 2022) Youth attending Salesian educational programs supported by the Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia

INT’L DAY OF CHARITY: Salesian Missions highlights life-changing social programs for poor youth and their families

Programs help youth meet their basic needs, receive an education and find a path out of poverty. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Sept. 5, 2022) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organi

CAMBODIA: Students at orphanage granted scholarships

Students from the St. Anne Orphanage granted scholarships thanks to donor funding from Salesian Missions. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (May 24, 2022) Students from the St. Anne Orphanage were granted scholarships to attend Don Bosco Vithayala

INT’L DAY OF HAPPINESS: Salesian Missions programs promote well-being for youth

Salesian Missions highlights programs that empower youth, giving them a sense of well-being and happiness. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (March 20, 2022) Top of Form Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, jo

(Asia News) Salesians and volunteers at the Don Bosco Technical School in Phnom Penh

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia June 1, 2020 (Excerpt) As one Cambodia’s foremost professional schools, the Don Bosco Technical School has been recognised by the government as a model educational facility. With branches in Sianoukville, Po

CAMBODIA: 650 technical skills students receive proper nutrition at 3 Don Bosco schools thanks to Rise Against Hunger rice-meal donation

The fortified rice-meals have helped to nourish poor youth so they can focus on their studies.     NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Feb. 18, 2020) Students attending technical training programs supported by the Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodi

CAMBODIA: 650 Salesian technical students have better nutrition thanks to Rise Against Hunger donated rice-meals

The fortified rice-meals have helped to nourish poor youth at three Salesian technical schools.    NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Jan. 6, 2020) Students in technical skills training programs supported by the Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia

CAMBODIA: Students attending 3 Don Bosco technical schools have access to proper nutrition thanks to rice-meals from Rise Against Hunger

The fortified rice-meals have helped to nourish poor youth attending Salesian technical training so they can better focus on their studies.    NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Dec. 17, 2019) Students in technical skills training programs suppo

GLOBAL: Salesian Missions launches Annual Food Distribution Appeal, delivering critical food aid to those most in need

For every dollar a donor contributes, Salesian Missions is able to deliver $20 worth of critical food aid to its programs in more than 130 countries around the globe. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Dec. 10, 2019) Salesian Missions has launched

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: Salesian Missions highlights programs that promote inclusivity and remove barriers to education

Programs in Cambodia, El Salvador and Ghana illustrate the Salesian commitment around the globe to ensuring equal access to education for people with disabilities. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Dec. 3, 2019) Salesian Missions, the U.S. develo

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