The House build - ICC LIght of Hope

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Flag of Cambodia  , Kampong Thom,
Sunday, July 21, 2013

Tanya (Lawrence) was waiting for us at the closest town to ICC, at our guesthouse for the next 5 days. The town, Kompong Thom, wasn't touristed at all. Common to see horse drawn carts, and oxen being driven to and from the fields morning and evening. The markets were interesting – I am quite fascinated by Asian markets! Greg is totally OVER them. You'll know he's not a fan of shops at the best of times. The smells that come from the meat/fish section can be quite disgusting and overwhelming – and not for the faint hearted.

The ICC village is a lot bigger than the one in Thailand. They have a lot of land and have utilized it well. There’s about 500 kids going to the school on campus, with 140 kids living there – I think there were about 7-8 houses with house parents. They were a happy bunch. We were served wonderful meals each day for lunch and dinner. Sokhun, the manager, seemed to be running a great ship.

We went out to the village where we were going to build the house and checked it out the first afternoon.  Tanya and Greg have supervised the building of many of these houses now – did heaps on the Big Build recently. When we got there, the locals already had the stumps up and a basic frame. We went back and bought ourselves some Asian style hats to keep the sun at bay, and we were into it the next morning. The girls worked on constructing the walls – bamboo & grass (under the direction of Sa Peavy - Cambodian girl who speaks great english), while the boys built the steps and started on the frames. Greg & Tanya were pretty impressed with our progress, so we only did 3 half days and it was done!! There were local builders helping, including the new owner. Each morning we arrived we saw where the family had been tidying up, and beautifying the area around, which was really great to see. It is up to the individual families if they want to build any extensions – like a kitchen lean to off the side. This family were diligent in extending the floor to make a kitchen at the rear. The girls nailed down the floor on the Sunday morning, while the boys had a turn of making a wall, and the studs. Kerrie & I worked on the door and window. Was all good fun and we were a pretty good team. We were trying to come up with a name – thought of ones relating to our age (seeing groups usually consist of college age students), but then we didn’t want it to reflect badly on our 2 youngens, Kellie & Cassie! Team Yobbo seemed fitting, but think Mike has been referring to us as the A team since returning!! We all got a buzz out of improving the living conditions for at least one family.

Carolyn & Kerrie showed the house mums how to make bread and the bakery oven was utilized for the first time. Greg & Sohkun were very excited. I think everyone was when we were able to sample the takings – bread rolls, pizza, coconut muffins, muesli slice, and vege scrolls!! Yummy! The boys whipped up 3 picnic tables in 2 afternoons as well, so that was pretty cool. The girls helped Tanya and Megan do a hygiene class with the lower primary one morning – hair lice treatment, washing hands and cleaning teeth. Man – they were full on! We enjoyed interacting with the kids. It was a lovely experience.

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Marilyn Walsh on

What an experience!

Karen Ferry on

Love your pic's. What a great time you have all had! Nice work guys!! xx

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