Perth girls build new home in Cambodia

Family living in a pigpen!

Three Western Australian girls were involved in an amazing project in Cambodia in July. Beth Litjens, Ella White and Lucy Gilbert, all from Perth had travelled to Cambodia to assist in a development project at a village school. Just before they landed a fierce monsoon storm hit the village and wiped out several homes.

The home of one student at the primary school was completely washed away along with all belongings. The family was destitute and living in a nearby pig-pen. The principal asked the volunteers if, instead of working at the school, they could build a home for the family.

Pig pen & shack

Pig pen & shack

 

 

Reach Out Volunteers

Lucy and Beth

Reach Out Volunteers

Ella and friend with hammers

Beth, Ella and Lucy were in from the get go! The homeless family became their dedicated project and they were determined to finish the home in seven days.



 

 

Finished in a week!

Volunteers, family and school principal at the new home.

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The whole project from plot clearing to finished house was completed in a week!

The girls also worked on a new garden next to the house to provide food for the family.

Digging the veggie patch

Digging the veggie patch

The volunteers purchased new mats for the floor, pillows, new mosquito nets, new pots and pans, and other household items.

The family arranged a blessing ceremony with a local monk and tied blessed bracelets on every volunteer to show their immense gratitude.

Blessing ceremony

Blessing ceremony

It was such a rewarding and humbling experience; one that the girls will never forget.

Now 3 months later, the house has become a home and the vegetables of eggplant, morning glory and winter melon, are providing much needed fresh food.

The new home