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Focus 2009

Chiang Mai - THA01-07-2009

Don Bosco Home for ethnic groups in Thailand

Project Don Bosco Home
Date: Since 2006
Place: Chiang Mai
Province: THA

YOUTH TRAINING CENTRE

Don Bosco Home is a youth training centre for boys with the aim of helping teenagers from ill tribes and ethnic groups in Thailand to receive the opportunity to continue their education in a 3-year career training programme which enables the teenagers to have sufficient knowledge and competence to be able to make a decent living, support themselves and their families, live their spirit-filled lives with dignity in society and perform their religious activities. They also are able to grow into ethical and moral persons according to the intentions of Saint John Bosco, the father and teacher of the young and founder of the Salesian Congregation.

THE STORY

In April 2006, the construction of the centre’s infrastructure was started. During these pioneering days, the first generation of 20 boys needed to stay temporarily at Don Bosco farm, Doi Siu. This is about 20 kilometres from Don Bosco Home. The farm is situated on an area of 28.8 acres (72 Rai of land) producing rice, vegetables, poultry, pork, beef, fish, seasonal fruits and so forth. The boys themselves worked on this farm. Not only did they have the chance to be trained in an agricultural career and learn the value of work, but they helped produce foods for themselves and save their own catering budget.

In October 2006, Don Bosco Home saw an initial success in its construction of dormitories, a dinning room, a library, a community residence, a shower and toilet building. All 20 boys staying at Don Bosco farm settled in. However, as the construction project was not yet completed, the backyard was still rough and a clean-up was needed; the state of living of the first generation of the teenagers as well as the fathers and brothers was not reasonably comfortable. The teenagers needed to use a dinning room for their daily mass. Needless to say, more subsidies and timely development were needed due to the undersupply of basic resources including educational materials, workshop equipment and sports grounds.

Although funds from various sources were mobilized for the project, its budget was still limited. This made the construction of dormitories progress at a slow pace. Each construction was done with great effort to meet the great need of 20-25 teenagers coming in, each year. As a result, it took 2 years to finish building 3 dormitories and another one year to build other necessary facilities (3 years in total for finishing the whole construction project).

NOW

At present, Don Bosco Home, Chiang Mai, has 3 dormitories for boys (each unit can accommodate 20-25 persons), 3 shower and toilet buildings, 2 laundry buildings, one dining and kitchen building, one library, one study room, one football field, one basketball field, 2 worker houses and one priest house. There is also the Mary Help of Christians chapel in the centre of Don Bosco Home.

Don Bosco Home can offer career training for 80 boys and Salesian vocational training for 20 boys (open for students of Grades 7-9). There are now 70 teenagers studying for certificate of profession and 7 students of Grade 7 are receiving Salesian vocational training (beginning for the first year). All of them are from hill tribes and ethnic groups including Pagayor, Arkha, Yao, Lahoo, Mong and locality.


CONTACT  
Address: 103 Moo 10, Tambon Choeng Doi,
Amphur Doi Saket,
Chiang Mai 50180
Tel: (053) 29.70.10
E-mail: suphotsdb@yahoo.com