“A Salesian Educator of Today”

Teacher’s Seminar/Workshop in Cambodia 
                Teachers Seminar on “A Salesian Educator of Today” was organized by the Youth Ministry Team at Don Bosco High School Teuk Thla on September 16 and 17, 2019. The resource persons are our own sisters together with the lay collaborators. A total of 97 teachers from our four schools participated. Sr. Amanda, the vice Provincial in her welcome talk exhorted the teachers to be open to the ever changing trends of today’s society. Sr. Leeza and Tr. Sophy prepared a short quiz to review the life of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello with a brief history of their lives and their mission accomplished. Teachers were touched by Don Bosco’s words: “For you I study, for you I work, for you I live, for you I am ready even to give my life". Their mission is continued today by the Salesian Priests and Sisters. The role of a Salesian Educator was prepared by Sr. Ched and Tr. Muny combining the mission and vision of the school. In the afternoon session the Preventive System of Don Bosco was presented by Sr. MyHanh and Tr. Chakrya. And the end of the day, the practical living of Salesian Assistance was stressed by Sr. Maria and Tr. Eng. The Educators expressed their gratitude as they revisited the origins of our Charism
                Our second day was the core of our mission spirituality – SYS/SYM shared by Sr. Neath and Tr. Savet. The teachers were pleased that they understood better their role as Educator and play their part in the various school activities and their commitment to it. To reach our main goal of Good, honest and active citizens, we introduced the “Together, We CAN” project prepared by Sr. Ophriini and Tr. Manuth. The four strategies of Feel, Imagine, Act and Share was well accepted by the group. The teachers were able to grasp the importance of working out a project through a virtue especially that of using virtue language “Respect for Self, Others and Environment.
                Thus implementing the strategies together with Virtue language the teachers came up with a commitment as “Save our Common Home – No Plastic in our environment for we respect ourselves, others and our Mother Earth”. Thus in the Educational Spirit and charism of our mission, the Educators of our schools are committed to live and work implementing “Together, We Can”. Some comments from our Teachers “Since it is in Salesian style, we really like mission of Don Bosco school to educate the young to active and honest citizen, where students are our protagonists”. They would like to carry with them: “Be the role model to the young, Commit to Salesian assistance and Project We Can”.  The Youth Ministry Team will monitor the commitment with mid-term evaluation.


On the 20th of August 2019, Sr. Maria Goretti Thuzar Aung and Sr. Elizabeth Phyu Phyu Aung(FMA CMY) participated at the International Seminar on the “Sustainable Water Management” in Sahid Jaya Hotel in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It was a Seminar that gathered around 70 participants from the different Southeast Asian countries and some university students who are working in the field of environmental development in Indonesia.
The seminar began at 8:30 am and finished at 3:00 pm. The international seminar was honored by welcome speeches and the presence of Dr. Ir. Mochamad Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Public Works, Indonesia, Prof. Chafid Fandeli, the Rector of Institut Teknologi Yogjakarta,  Prof. Shane Snyder, Executive Director of – Nanyang Environment Water Research Institute (NEWRI) from Singapore.
After the welcome speeches from the Minister and professors, there was a short tea break. After which Dr. Ir. Danis Hidayat Sumadilaga, the Directorate General of Human Settlements Ministry of Public Works presented on the “Environmental Challenges & Governance” in Indonesia. After that Prof. Shane Snyder presented the “Emerging Environmental Challenges and Solutions in world’s Fastest Growing Region”.
The welcome speech was then followed by several presentations by Assistant Professor, Dr. Surapol Padungthon from Thailand on “the Community Battle Against Liver Fluke; Dr. Shameen Jinadasa from Sri Lanka on “Saving lakes – the Urban Socio-Cultural and Technological Perspective; Sr. Elizabeth Phyu Phyu Aung FMA on “Clean Water Access for Urban Slum in Myanmar”; Mr. Agus Suyanto from Institut Teknologi Yogyakarta on “Development of Clean Water Supply in Gunungkidul Regency”. An open forum was then conducted after all the presentations were done in order to entertain questions from the audience. It was then followed by lunch.
In the afternoon the Indonesia context showcased its environmental solutions featuring the “Environmental Monitoring”, “Utilization of spatial modeling in Water-related disaster Management”, “Wetlands for safe and eco-friendly Mine Voids solution” and “Water Management in Karst Region”. These were presented by the different speakers and followed by the question and answer portion.
The seminar successfully ended with a concluding speech of Prof. Chafid Fandeli and Prof. Shane Snyder.
Indeed, it was a great occasion to be together, with men and women of good will who dedicate themselves for the wellbeing of others and the care for the environment.

Gratitude day 2019 with Educating communities

The Gratitude day with educating communities on the 18th of May 2019 in Teuk Thla, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

“Dig In The Treasure Within … Share!” - Youth Camp 2019

The Salesian Sisters held a Youth Camp on May 17-18, 2019 at Don Bosco School-Teuk Thla. Around 225 young participated.

Our Goal: Guide the young to begin to live a life of discerning one’s Purpose in life through a discovery of the beauty within.

Specific Objectives:
Bring the young towards a greater clarity of one’s purpose in life through the following:
· To listen to God’s voice in the silence of one’s heart.
· To discern one’s personal purpose in the world.
· To live it in “the today” that God gives.

Sharing of experience by Sun Sitha, studying in grade 11A at Don Bosco High School – Teuk Thla
It was on 17 and 18 of May 2019, I participated in the youth camp at school. First I did not know what the camp was about or how it looks like. I wondered so many things about the camp. So I decided to sign up with some of my classmates to get more knowledge about it. It was my first time and extremely amazing experiences that I have never had before. I just spent only 10000 riels. But I got so many experiences by learning new things from sisters. I appreciate the slogan “Dig in the Treasure within … Share” which was the main topic of the camp. Sisters described and explained to us about the talent we have. Sisters said, ‘everyone has talent, but sometimes we simply ignore our talent because it seems an ordinary thing to us. We have talents, and it is there, even if we haven't realized what it is. We may have been using it for years, it may be completely untouched. Just we need to work hard to find because it is there, hidden deep in our souls trying each and every second to shine out to the world. After the camp, I got to know who I am and what my talent was. I also knew a lot of people from Don Bosco Toul Kork, Battambang, and Teuk-Thla. I talked to strangers (young people like me) spent time together, dancing like dancers on the stage. It was the best time ever. I also had breakfast, lunch, dinner with them like a big family. And prayed before dinner and had lots of self-reflection and sharing and then we became peers.
Finally, I'd like to say thanks to sisters for organizing the camp at our school. Thanks for reading.

Perpetual Profession in Myanmar

 The first group of retreatants of the CMY Province had its Annual Retreat in Anisakan from the 3rd until the 10th of May 2019. The Retreat Preacher was Fr. Ceferino Ledesma (SDB) who guided the Sisters on Evangelical Radicalism of the Consecrated life and a life centered on Christ. The Consecrated person, being a witness of Christ, is called to awaken the world in this contemporary society. The retreat concluded with the Renewal of Profession of four Sisters.

The following day, on the 12th the Perpetual Profession of Sr. Margaret Hkawn Ra and Sr. Christina Ma was held at Our Lady Shrine in Nazareth, Anisakan with Cardinal Charles Bo presiding the Holy Mass and concelebrated by Bishop Peter Hla (Bishop of Pekhon Diocese), Fr. Saw Charles (Salesian Provincial of Myanmar) and other priests. The Sisters were deeply honored and grateful for their presence in this great occasion. The whole assembly raised their voices in thanking the Lord for the generous YES of the two sisters and their parents who joyfully give their daughters to the Institute and to the Church. We continue to pray that they may always abide in His love as expressed by the motto they have chosen: “I am the Vine, you are the branches.” (Jn 15, 5)

As the FMA communities celebrated the Solemnity of St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello last 13th of May, the Sisters thanked the Lord for their wonderful and great saint, Mother Mazzarello. It was also an important day of witnessing the generous and courageous dedication of our two new Sisters, Sr. Catherine Hau Bawi and Sr. Teresa Ja Bawk who made their first profession at St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello Community Chapel, Anisakan. The Holy Mass was presided by Fr. Saw Charles, the Salesian Provincial of Myanmar. We accompany them with our prayers as these two young Sisters began their journey in the Salesian Consecrated Life.

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