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Cambodia – Schneider Electric and Salesians work together to benefit youngsters

26 July 2017

(ANS – Phnom Penh) – The Cambodian branch of Schneider Electric, the multinational energy giant, signed an agreement with the Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia for the supply of electrical energy and the construction of a solar-powered water pump at the Salesian technical school of Phnom Penh. The agreement is a first step towards further collaboration that aims to also involve the electrical training departments of the Salesian centers of Poipet, Sihanoukville, Battambang and Kep.

Fr. Roel Soto, Provincial Delegate for Cambodia, and Dr. Ang Koon San, Schneider’s General Manager for Cambodia, signed the agreement on 7 July in a ceremony that took place at the Don Bosco Institute in Phnom Penh; attending the event were members of the education and pastoral community and representatives of the multinational firm.

Schneider Electric develops technologies and offers solutions for managing energy and energy-related processes; hence, its contribution means significant support to the technical-educational projects of the Salesians in Cambodia, including a contribution to the latest programs and equipment in the electrical sector, improved equipment, and ongoing training of both teachers and students. The project, furthermore, introduces a source of sustainable energy via the solar-powered water pump to the Salesian community.

Sustainable energy supplies are becoming an important option for a country like Cambodia, highly dependent on importing energy from neighboring countries, why many rural areas are energy-poor or isolated. The training of Don Bosco students in this field will make a great contribution to the development of Cambodia as well as helping the Salesians guarantee a high-quality vocational program for children and teenagers who are most vulnerable and at risk. 

“Schneider Electric shares the same objectives as the Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia: to develop individuals and society through education and vocational training so people can improve and support themselves,” said Fr. Roel Soto.

At the signing, Fr Roel spoke of a former pupil  of the Salesian center's electrical department. On completing his studies, the student started his own business. He began with a motorbike with which he and his collaborators would go from house to house to do small electrical repairs. After five years, this small firm grew to become a company that coordinated electrical installations and work in large construction sites. In this success story, the training program offered by the Don Bosco Foundation played a central role, allowing young people from the impoverished rural areas to break the vicious circles of poverty.

Source: AustraLasia

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