By Bro. Domenico Nam, SDB
Four Salesians are assigned to this new pilot project (two Salesian Brothers and two Salesian Priests), who are still members of the large Ben Cat Community (Rector Fr Peter Hoang), but fully involved in Majcen Training Centre.
The new Don Bosco Bakery - Cafe offers to the young people in Vietnam not only the opportunity to learn bread and sweet-making skills but also to learn about management and marketing, marking a new step toward the self-sustainability of our Vocation Training Center.
From the idea stage the whole project has been accompanied by many Vietnamese and foreign experts, also the presence of two volunteer staff - a chef and training staff enhance the quality of training. Also this new outreach is a fruit of the cooperation among Salesians and expatriate volunteers helping the Majcen Bistro - Training Center.
The Grand Opening was celebrated on Sunday, April 14, with a blessing and simple cultural items to make the new Bakery - Cafe known in the neighbourhood.
“We wish and pray that the new Don Bosco enterprise will help many young people in Vietnam with their integral preparation for life and also that the Salesians will learn how to grow in the self-sustainability of our vocation training institutions,” the Salesians say.
Imitating Don Bosco, the “Anre Mai Sen Hospitality Training Center” – named after the Slovenian Salesian Father and Servant of God, Andrej Majcen, well-known as “the Don Bosco of Vietnam” – provides for poor youth the opportunity of on-site training for Restaurant, Kitchen and Bakery careers. Improving on the Dual System Training from Germany, after 3 years of theoretical and practical training as well as an internship, the Salesian Training Centre is able to offer to the trainees a Culinary Certificate from Germany.