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About the 29th anniversary of the arrival of Don Bosco to Cambodia, here some representative photos of this history in preparation to the 30th anniversary for next year:
Phnom Penh International Airport in the 1990s and today.jpg


On May 24, 1991, Father Valter Brigolin and Br. Roberto Panetto, Italian Salesian missioners in Thailand, arrived to the Pochengton Airport in a 45 minutes flight from Bangkok.
Welding Don Bosco Phnom Penh early 1990s.jpg

The first four Salesians in Cambodia (Br. Roberto Panetto, Fr. Valter Brigolin, Fr. John Visser and Br. Conrado Lagaya), opened the first technical education programs for youth from poor communities and got support to create different workshops such as electricity, welding, automotive, electronics and printing.

Donation of truck to Don Bosco Phnom Penh.jpg

Thanks to all benefactors that have sent funds and equipment to make the dreams of many youth real. Here the arrival of a truck sent to Don Bosco Phnom Penh by Fr. Zuffetti of Italy.

Street children in Poipet.jpg

The Salesians have been sensitive to the realities of poverty and marginalisation. The children of Poipet have been always an interest of Don Bosco and it gave the possibility of a new presence in that city at the Thai-Cambodian border.

 Don Bosco Children Fund.jpg


The Don Bosco Children Fund is the other wing of Don Bosco in Cambodia. Going to the most marginalised villages to look for children and gave to them the opportunities of a better life with the help of many benefactors, lay people and teachers.

Cambodia refugee camps in 1980s.jpg


The Khao I Dang Refugee Camp at the Thai-Cambodian border in late 1980s. Photo Courtesy UNHCR/Ph. Herzig. In places like this, Br. Roberto created technical centres for youth and the children fund.
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The statue of Don Bosco in Poipet portrays the attention of the Salesians for children like these. The models were three of the first children admitted at Don Bosco Poipet that opened in 2000. 
Inauguration of Don Bosco Phnom Penh Father John with donors.jpg


Father John Visser in 2004 during a ceremony with donors and officials. Thanks for a long list of donors and benefactors that have allowed the continuity and sustainability of Don Bosco in Cambodia, among them, groups and persons like Sawasdee Foundation, SSCR, Kindermissionwerk, SES experts, Misereor, the Salesian procures and many others.

Literacy classrooms.jpg

The first literacy classrooms in Poipet and Battambang.

Old Cambodian Tourist map.jpg


An old tourist Cambodian map used by the Salesians no to make tourism, but to locate their pastoral programs.

Official opening Don Bosco Poipet 2004.jpg


Official opening of Don Bosco Poipet in 2004.





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