What an amazing effort for Rick to get the house completed in a week. The family are over the moon and still can't believe that this has been done for them.
The Lighthouse Group donated the money to build the house and Qantas Brisbane Airport Staff donated the money for a well.
To complete it, Happy Hub donated mattresses , mosquito nets and a water filter, and Grace Lutheran College donated to build a latrine for the villagers.
Now, not just the family have got a safe and secure new home but the other villagers have a latrine and well. It's just so heart warming that so many people have helped to make this dream come true for these very beautiful people.
The Buddhist monks came and blessed the house and then it was time to celebrate.
It was a double celebration as it was Ricks birthday the day that the house was completed.
A job very well done.
Thank you everyone that donated :)))
This is the house that was built on behalf of the Lighthouse Group Brisbane. Rick identified a very deserving family who really needed a new house. They are a family of 5 that were living in a house that was not waterproof and sitting on a pool of water that was leaving them susceptible to water borne disease. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly houses are built in Cambodia. Even the more sophisticated structures go up at break neck speed. Rick tells me that there are 3 shades of blue in the house, seems Cambodian love blue.
We are so pleased to launch our new program that will help assist young at risk men from remote villages to gain building skills and the opportunity of a formal construction education. In conjunction with the Lighthouse Club Queensland and Rick Garson we are hoping to create opportunities for village youth who are in danger of living a life of poverty and no hope of an education.
Rick will oversee the project which will launch in Siem Reap in the next week. Rick has identified our first apprentice and we will be monitoring his progress. Once he is competent in building skills, he will be offered an opportunity to further his education to study at a local university where he can learn a trade such as electrical or plumbing.
Our program will also provide education on Occupational Health and Safety practices that will show Cambodian builders the importance of safety for life preservation.
We attended the Lighthouse Club Charity Ball at the start of August and they kindly donated $5000 to start the project. We would like to thank the Lighthouse Club committee for giving this donation and opportunity.
We will post updates here regularly.