‘We do not know each other… but we know Don Bosco,’ said Minister Im Sothy

Phnom Penh — DBNA — The Minister of Education, Sport and Youth of Cambodia, Im Sothy, visited this morning the compound of the Don Bosco Technical School in the capital district of Phnom Penh Thmey, and underlined the role of the Don Bosco schools in the recovery of Cambodia after the wars.

Minister Sothy said that the Khmer Rouge Regime (1975 – 1979) caused a great humanitarian disaster in the country. After it, many organizations came to support especially orphan children and youth and among them was Don Bosco.

During the war, Cambodia itself was terrible divided, said the Minister who was welcomed solemnly by students, teachers and members of the DBFC. He continued saying in the speech that when Don Bosco came to Cambodia, those divisions and violence were still in the country. The government tried to find around Phnom Penh a place for Don Bosco. Then they decided for this place [Phnom Penh Thmey], but it was so far from Phnom Penh City at the time (1991) and it was a real jungle, ponds and rice fields. The site needed to be refilled with sand in order to construct the buildings and workshops of the school.

In the ceremony was also present Mgr. Oliviere Schmitthaeusler, Catholic Bishop of the Vicariate of Phnom Penh, who will preside a religious ceremony tomorrow in the campus.

The Minister, who talked for about 20 minutes in front to the Don Bosco Casket and near two thousand persons, said to the students and past pupils of the holy educator:

‘We do not know each other… but we know Don Bosco’

Skill not enough, We have to open heart with Love and Justice” said Bishop Olivier, Apostolic Vicar of Phnom Penh at Don Bosco Casket (Follow his Twitter)

By Albeiro Rodas & Oeur Solin


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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39xwdGtVXI) and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (http://www.colombia.co/en/culture/colombians-that-are-making-this-a-better-world.html).

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