This hotel is part of the Hospitality Department of the Don Bosco Technical School.
His Majesty, the King of Cambodia, opened the hotel in 2007.
The School is run by the Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia (DBFC), an off-shoot of the Catholic Congregation generally known as the “Salesians of Don Bosco”.
The Hospitality Department students come from all over Cambodia. In the two years that they spend studying at the school, they are taught English and the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge that would help them to find work in the hospitality industry.
The genesis of the DBFC started in the Khmer Refugee Camps along the Thai-Cambodian border in the late 1980s (ref: Wikipedia). So impressive was the work of Don Bosco in the refugee camps, that after the war, the Cambodian Government invited Don Bosco to continue its work in Cambodia.
Videos of the work in the refugee camps could be found online, and in Part 2 of “Don Bosco At The Cambodian Refugee Camps”, one could recognize the face of one of the first Salesians to come to Cambodia, that of Brother Roberto Panetto, who, together with his fellow Salesians, still continues to work 7 days a week in this school.
Brother Roberto is also the “Economer” and oversees the finances of the other Don Bosco centers in Cambodia (Phnom Penh, Battambang, Kep, and Poipet), and the Don Bosco Children Fund (DBCF).
The DBCF specializes in the care of orphans, women-at-risk, and children, with a particular focus on children’s literacy, health care, and nutrition, and the prevention of trafficking, exploitation and child labor.
For guests who may be interested in the work of the DBFC or the DBCF, many videos are available online.
There is also the popular Hollywood movie, ‘The Killing Fields’, which depicts Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge when almost 2 million educated people were targeted and killed.
After over 30 years working with poor and marginalized Cambodians, the DBFC and the DBCF still rely heavily on volunteers, and on donations and benefactors to fund our schools, our work in the prisons, and our work with families living in poor rural villages and on landfills.
We acknowledge the need for the DBFC to become financially self-sustaining into the future, and we are endeavoring to make this hotel and our 2 guesthouses (Sihanoukville and Siem Reap) profitable. Your stay with us certainly helps, both in financial terms and in providing our students with the opportunity to practise their English and other hospitality skills. We thank you.