From pig pen to own home in 7 days!!

A family loses everything!

A  Cambodian family of four were literally living in a pig pen, and yes, the pigs were in there with them in a separate area. The family home and all possessions were swept away in a ferocious storm in July 2015. Reach Out Volunteers were working at the local school and the principal was aware of the families plight as one of the children attended his school.

Pig pen & shack

Pig pen & shack

The principal asked Reach Out Volunteers if we could build a home for the family. When our 16 village volunteers heard about the family’s situation they committed to completing the project in seven day.

ROVolunteers walking to project

ROVolunteers walking to project

First they cleared the land and built the foundation blocks.

Clearing the land

Clearing the land

Erecting the frame

Erecting the frame

Working on the roof

Working on the roof

Laying the bamboo floor

Laying the bamboo floor

Finished in a week!

Volunteers, family and school principal

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

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

Digging the veggie patch

Digging the veggie patch

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.

Donating pillows and gifts

Donating pillows and gifts

Blessing ceremony

Blessing ceremony

It was such a rewarding and humbling experience; one that our group of volunteers will never forget.

Now 3 months later, the family are currently very busy with rice planting in the village paddies. Their house has become a home and the vegetables of eggplant, morning glory and winter melon, are providing much needed fresh food, albeit there is not much time at the moment for tending the garden. The family are very happy and send best wishes to all the volunteers who worked so hard for them.

Current home

Vegetable garden

Vegetable garden

 

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