Our goal is to raise $2000 in order to build a home for a Cambodian family in need. In March 2018 our group will build a home with our partners in Cambodia – an Australian organization – Heartprint.
By helping build a house, you are not only building a house but also a future for a family. Many families are barely surviving on a day-to-day basis and simply don’t have the funds to build a house. These families are living in make shift houses that provide very little shelter, leak during rains and are unsafe for their children. Most people just need a little hand up in life and thrive knowing that people actually care about them. Building a house for a family can give them a sense of pride as well as a good nights’ sleep reducing illness and injury.
Heartprint builds stilted houses in areas in and around Siem Reap. Due to the availability and cost of timber in Cambodia, houses are constructed from concrete stumps, with wooden frames and tin surrounds. Houses have lock up windows and doors to ensure the safety of the family and their possessions. Families Heartprint builds for are generally in extreme need, destitute and include widows/widowers with children, people with life threatening illnesses or on a wage that makes them unable to provide for their family. Heartprint accesses the poorest families with the help of referrals; as well as meeting and profiling them, authorities are gained from village chiefs in order to be sure they are helping those that need it most.
Community builds consist of more than just building houses; toilets and wells are also a major part of helping families change their circumstances. By providing sanitation, Heartprint hopes to stop the spread of disease and preventable illness as well as teaching better hygiene practices. For every house Heartprint builds, if there is sufficient money and space, they also provide the family with a toilet and clean drinking water via a well if they do not already have one.