Nine students and three staff members from Fountain Gate Secondary College partook in an international journey to Cambodia from 6 to 15 December.
As part of this journey, staff and students spent a few days exploring the sights of Cambodia, learnt about their rich history and completed a service project whereby they built a house for a young family in great need.
To build this house they worked with Volunteer Building Cambodia (VBC).
VBC is a locally run, community driven NGO (nongovernment organisation), focused on helping poor Cambodian families improve their living conditions.
VBC provides poor families in rural Siem Reap with housing, wells, water pumps and toilet facilities.
VBC builds solid houses for extremely poor families who lack the resources to build their own liveable homes.
As part of this project the students and staff donated their labour to build the house for the family in need.
Throughout the year students have fundraised with the aim to raise $3700 to pay for the building materials. Students were successful in this endeavour.
“We were also lucky enough to be sponsored by a number of local businesses which helped us to achieve our fundraising goal,” staff member Matthew Hodgson said.
“We would like to sincerely thank Cadbury, On the Go Sports, The Grand Receptions, Office Choice, Reform Clothing, St John of God Berwick Hospital, Shinners Plumbing and Sparx Electrical for their generous donation to our journey.”