Don Bosco Kep Children Fund

 

Fr. Albeiro Rodas, from Colombia is a director and Founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. He did social communication and journalism in Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín, Colombia between 1989 and 1995. In that year he joined the Salesians of Don Bosco. He arrived in Cambodia on October 12, 1999 to work as a member of the Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia. He dedicated his first years in Cambodia to study the language, the history and culture of this country and comparing it with his own nation, Colombia.

Between 2001 and 2005 he was a student of theology and archaeology at the Salesian Institute of Cremisan in Bethlehem, Palestine, being ordained as a Catholic priest in Medellin on August 2005. He was back in Cambodia by the same time to work in Poipet. In that first year he did several researches on the problem of human traffic and child and women abuse. From that year he began to think that social communication and journalism needed to be developed in the country.

In 2006 he moved to the Don Bosco Technical School of Sihanoukville and he presented the proposal of creating a school of journalism for young people from vulnerable communities. The mission was to form leaders and agents of communication for development. In 2007 he could open the school of social communication and journalism with the first group (12 students). The school (hereby ‘section’) is located at the campus of the technical school. With the support of several benefactors, mainly from the Netherlands and Germany, he could build also an Audiovisual center with three studios for radio and television. It was destroyed by a fire on May 9, 2009. Solidarity helped us to rebuild it. Different volunteers have joined my project thinking in the good to young people from poverty who want to learn a skill and serve their country.

The school concentrates in making social campaigns through media to answer to the current Cambodian social problems like HIV, child and women abuse, domestic violence, drugs, child labor, NGO’s campaigns, official campaigns, following news in the national and international arena.

In January 2013 he found the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund which aim to support children from the provinces of Kep, Kampot and Takeo to go back to school.