In December 2022, our team set off for Cambodia and spent a wonderful week with Volunteer Building Cambodia. We worked side by side with local skilled tradesmen and two families. Together, we constructed two homes with detached latrines and installed two solar systems.
Approximately 80% of Cambodians live in rural areas. Of these, nearly 85% are without access to adequate sanitation facilities and 35% do not have access to safe drinking water. Many families in these communities live on less than a few dollars a day. Their income does not go far. Owning a sturdy home that provides protection from the elements gives families a new sense of security and safety. Similarly, having access to safe water and sanitation facilities has a dramatic impact on their health. All together, when families achieve their dream of a new home they are not just safer and healthier, but also happier and more productive.
About Volunteer Building Cambodia
Volunteer Building Cambodia (VBC) is a locally run, community-driven nonprofit that helps to uplift families. Through their construction program, VBC is focused on improving the living conditions of families rural areas by providing them with wells, toilets, solar systems and safe, dry housing. As of June 2023, VBC has built more than 380 houses, provided more than 160 wells and installed more than 235 toilets. Additionally, many of the houses have been upgraded with solar panels, fans and rudimentary lighting.
In providing safe secure housing, sanitation facilities and education VBC hopes to help break the poverty cycle and support its families on their journeys to self-sufficiency.
To learn more, visit https://www.volunteerbuildingcambodia.org.
This post contains information provided by Volunteer Building Cambodia. Their help and support is much appreciated.