Don Bosco Kep Children Fund
Don Bosco Kep Children Fund is an office of the Don Bosco Vocational Center Kep and under the administration of the Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia (DBFC) with the aim to support children from the provinces of Kep, Kampot and Takeo to go back to school. The office was opened in 2000 at the same place as a branch of the Don Bosco Children Fund (DBCF) based in Phnom Penh. In October 2011 it was included in the project of the new development of the Vocational Center. As January 2013 the office benefits 99 children from three schools, one in Kep and two in Kampot.
The Don Bosco Children Fund was created by Fr. John Visser in Thailand and Cambodia to support children from poor areas or under risk to get back to school. Fr. Visser is currently the Country Representative of the Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia (DBFC) and he came from the Netherlands to Thailand in 1957 where he founded different technical schools. The Don Bosco schools of Thailand were involved in the Khmer refugee camps during the 1980s training young people and caring for children during the troublesome years of war and violence in Cambodia at the Thai border. In 1991 the new Cambodian government requested to Don Bosco Thailand to open technical schools and projects for children in order to support the reconstruction of the country.
Fr. Visser arrived to Phnom Penh in 1992 as Don Bosco Cambodia’s country representative and since then, together with Br. Roberto Panetto and other members of the Salesian Family, he has built training centers, schools and other projects in favor of unprivileged children and youth in most Cambodian provinces. In 1993 the Children Fund began to be fully operational in Cambodia, supporting street children, children from HIV families, abandoned children, farm children and children rescued from human trafficking mainly in Thailand. In 2000 the DBFC opened a shelter for children rescued from human trafficking in the border town of Poipet, Banteay Meanchey, west of Cambodia.
In October 2011 the DBCF began the development of a new training center at Kep Province, in a land that was destined for gatherings with a limited course of sewing for girls of the region. The new
development was called Don Bosco Vocational Center Kep with skills such as social communication, web development, audiovisual skills, hotel skills, secretarial, IT, electricity, art, languages and farm. The new office of Don Bosco Kep Children Fund was open and operational to attend children from the region from poor communities and children under risk.