Monday, June 28, 2010

Building Houses in Cambodia

We had a wonderful opportunity to work with a local NGO called, Tabitha, to build houses in the Battambang province.  What happens is the local people are educated on microsavings and then they work with the organization to set a goal and implementation plans to reach a certain amount to invest in livestock (to raise and sell), homes, etc.  When they reach $50, they are able to pay for the materials for their homes (if they choose this route).  Then, volunteers build the houses for them.

FYIW: I was carried up a wooden ladder to each of the houses and then got to do the real work. It was a lot of nails and hammering in the hot sun, but it was so much fun.  I was hot and sweaty the whole time, but it was worth every minute of it to see the smiles and grateful expressions on their faces.  Our team built 10 homes in a day.  It was very efficient and awesome.  

This was such refreshing work.  It gave me an opportunity to reflect on how life experience differs from person to person.  I'm amazed by the fight people have in them to get through hard trials.  I've never experienced extreme poverty, but have had some glimpses of them when I was younger. However, my experiences can never compare to that of these people.  They go through hardship everyday.  I admire them so much for the smiles they have on their faces when they come home at the end. They know there are many good things life has to offer and they live and appreciate those moments.  I'm so glad to be a part of this work and couldn't have been more proud of these people I don't even know for their hard work.  Now, it's paying off...

Check out the Tabitha website if you're interested in volunteering in Cambodia for a week or two. 

And then, I got sick and had to go to the hospital.  FYI: Cambodia will not treat you unless they can confirm you have means of paying for their services.  I had to wait several hours before they cleared it with my insurance and finally helped me.  It was an infection, thank goodness it wasn't anything more serious like Dengue.  Just be as clean as you possibly can be and drink lots of fluids!!

1 comment:

  1. This is awesome i didn't know you had a blog Hungtinton