Stop Hunger Now Update:
A few months ago, the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose partnered up with other Hilton properties around the Bay Area to package meals for Stop Hunger Now. Stop Hunger Now is a great program that helps feed those that are suffering in other countries. Yesterday, we were told that our packaged meals were sent out to the counter part in Cambodia. Please see below…
Friends of Stop Hunger Now,
We are delighted to announce that the meals from your respective meal packaging event have been shipped in a container totaling 285,120 meals from our Northern California warehouse.
The meals will be received by our in-country partner Salesian Missions in Cambodia.
Salesian Missions is a network of 34,000 Priests, Brothers and Sisters around the world who work to enable poor and suffering children to live better lives and build brighter futures. The Salesians of Don Bosco operate 5,000 schools and technical training centers, 23 colleges, 216 clinics and hospitals, 225 orphanages and shelters, and run a wide variety of social and economic development activities throughout the world. In each country, the Salesians combine the aspects of an orphanage, a school, a church, and a children’s recreation center, in addition to varied social programs. Since the late 1980s, the Salesians have been providing vocational education to Cambodian refugees living in camps along the Thai-Cambodia border. In 1993, at the invitation of the government of Cambodia, the technical school in Phnom Penh was established to write, translate and republish books and educational documents that were destroyed during the Khmer Rouge regime. Soon after, the school expanded and the Salesians partnered with the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Education to open a total of seven vocational training centers across the country. Approximately 1,300 youth ages 16-21 are preparing for their futures in one and two year vocational training programs in Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh, Toul Kork, Teuk Thla, Battambang, Kep, and Poipet. With their diplomas, students take with them skills in mechanics, welding, computers, printing and communication – as well as the hope for a new Cambodia. Stop Hunger Now meals are provided five days a week for lunch to the young adults attending the seven technical schools. Meals are also sent to two kindergartens that are supported by the Salesians in Kep City along with other programs supported by the Don Bosco Children’s Fund.