Training a new generation is a major part of what sets FCOP apart from others organizations, we don’t just care for orphans or plant churches we are out to build the Kingdom of God. It is a holistic program! Our previous national leader did not get that and when two boys got to be age 18 at one of our rural church homes, he expelled them to save money. We found out about this and searched to find them. Now they are enrolled with 25 other youth from around the country at the Don Bosco Technical School studying everything from auto mechanics to hotel management.
Five of our recent graduates are now working in the top hotels in Cambodia and one was hired by a “four star” hotel in Thailand. We owe Father John, a Priest who has been in SE Asia since 1954 a huge debt of gratitude for believing in our orphan kids. When no one else gave them a chance he did.
It is hard to be patient when you are young, but it is a virtue and it does pay. A young staff member we had raised from a child received his bachelors degree in I.T. He wanted to immediately start his masters program, but we told him to work and wait for a while as we had no money for this. He had a girl friend who was in her second year at Don Bosco and he talked her into dropping out two months before graduation and to move in with him. She missed her opportunity to make four times her current income and he is still trying to get into a masters program. It is sad to see, but prodigals can come home!