Battambang. In an open hall, which was once the entirety of Vithayalai Don Bosco Battambang, the first Official Graduation Ceremony took place on the 9th of August 2013, and was attended by the schools staff and students, as well as the students’ parents. Invited to attend and take part in the ceremony, having arrived from Phnom Penh the day before, were Fr. Cef Ledesma and Fr. Leo Ochoa. Fr. Leo Ochoa there to witness the First Opening of the School in 2000 and now the First Official Graduation Ceremony in 2013. Read More…
Amsterdam. The director of the Don Bosco schools and Children Fund in Cambodia, Dutch Fr. John Visser, 78, was honored by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands with the Medal as Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau. Fr. Visser received the honor from the hands of the Queen on August 31 for his commitment and work for education to unprivileged children and youth in Thailand and Cambodia. The founder of the Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia with Italian Br. Roberto Panetto, came to Thailand in 1956 and was involved in the development of technical schools in poor provinces of that country. In 1992 he was about to go in pension, when the Order of the Salesians of Don Bosco asked him to move to Cambodia to answer the request of the government to help Cambodian youth with technical schools. Since then, Fr. John Visser has opened with the support of a network of benefactors, mostly from the Netherlands, Italy and US, technical schools in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Battambang and Poipet and several literacy centers in different provinces. The Don Bosco Children Fund, also his creation in Thailand, has attended more than 40 thousand Cambodian children since 1993, helping them to return to school. Currently, the DBFC is developing the Don Bosco Vocational Center of Kep and it accepted an invitation of the governor of Stung Treng to open a technical school in that northern province of the Kingdom.
Sihanoukville. Last Wednesday, February 9, the Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia celebrated the opening of a new primary school in the Keo Pos Village, Tom Nop Rolok District, in the area of the Sihanouk Province. The ceremony was presided by the governor of the province. Mr. Meas Vuthy, the DBFC country representative, Fr. John Visser and the president of the Sawasdee Foundation, Mr. Hector Loontjens. The chief of the village, Mr. Ban Sarom, was also in the ceremony at the side of students and teachers of the Don Bosco schools of Sihanoukville. Mr. Ban Saron said in his speech that the new primary school is made by six classrooms, 12 toilets and 2 washing rooms. The work had a cost of 16,000 donated by the Sawasdee Foundation, which headquarters are in Holland. Governor Meas Vuthy gave to Mr. Loontjens a gold medal as a thanksgiving to the Sawasdee Foundation and Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia for their commitment to the development of education in the country and especially in the Sihanouk Province.
Report and photos by Mr Chhin Sieng & Mr. Sokken
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.