House Project 4
House building project helping poor family in rural site
House is an important residence for people. There are many homeless people especially widows and elderly. Housing is impossible way for the poor who could not even earn enough money to support their family lives. Though, we see that housing for the poor is an importance way to help their life. We have planed to build houses for the poors included for widows, elderly, disable and handicapped people. Therefore, we play as a very important role to carry out construct the houses for the poor communities to facilitate their living. We are going to and planning to help to build 15 houses in Chreav commune.
We build traditional wooden Khmer-style houses for some of Cambodia's poorest people. We are based in Siem Reap, in Cambodia’s south-east, and most of the homes we build are in rural areas surrounding the popular tourist city. We target the communes and villages with high poverty and where few other organisations operate. Much of our work is done about 10 to 25 kilometres outside the city.
Poverty rates are high in rural Cambodia, where many people are still living on less than $2 a day. In many cases the housing is rudimentary at best and many homes are fragile structures with palm frond walls and dirt floors. Many do not survive the severe rainstorms.
In contrast, our houses are solid and designed to last at least 15 years. The houses we build are four metres by five metres, with concrete footings, wooden sides and floorboards and a tin roof. They include one enclosed room and one room with open sides. The space underneath the house is often used as a daily living and cooking area.
Each house takes about four days to build and on the fifth day a Khmer house blessing ceremony is held before the family moves into it. We employ three builders, who work under the supervision of our founder, Krouch Ly, and all are capable at leading a build and instructing volunteers.
The impacts of inadequate housing can take its toll on families. We see children who don’t go to school and many health problems through lack of sanitation or secure housing and sleeping arrangements.
Our impact assessments have shown the difference a safe, dry and secure house can make to a family. People are given some hope, they sleep better and the children go to school.
We access the poorest families with the help of our social worker, who conducts thorough assessments before signing a family up for a new house. He works with village and commune chiefs and checks referrals from other NGOs. We could not do this important work without the help of our wonderful volunteers and donors. We cannot thank you enough for your support.
If you would like to change lives, please make a donation, or contact us about volunteering to build a house.
A HOUSE BUILD COSTS US$3500
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