A technical center for Kep
The Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia, DBFC, based in the Kingdom since 1991 as a national and international organization to support children and young people from poverty by giving the opportunity to study, opened a school in Kep City in 2002 for disadvantage young women of the region in the skill of sewing. The natural beauty of the place between the sea and the hills of the Kep National Park, makes also the place a great center of meetings and retreats.
Kep Province is just at the Vietnamese border and the provinces of Kampot and Takeo, a rural region dedicated to grow rice, cattle, fish and mining, but with very low incomes per family and very limited options for job and education. Every year, young people from these two provinces travel to Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville to look for better opportunities like studies or employment.
This reality inspires the purpose to develop the Don Bosco school in Kep City as a vocational center for the attention of young people from the provinces of Kep, Kampot and Takeo specially.
From the many areas of technical education that modern Cambodia requires for its development and its war on poverty, DBFC chose in Kep to concentrate in intellectual skills like social communication, IT, secretariat, eco-tourism, housekeeping, front-office and art.
The school opened in October 2011 with a first section of social communication (journalism, computers, English, audiovisual and web development,) and hotel skills (front office and housekeeping.) The first group of students – 17 young women and 23 young men – was chosen at the Don Bosco Technical School of Sihanoukville on August 2011 from rural families and orphanages of Kompot, Takeo and Kep.