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November 11 - 20, 2017
Join 200 volunteers from around the world and all walks of life in Cambodia's Big Build!
Over 200 volunteers from around the world will join together with Habitat for Humanity Cambodia this November 2017 to build safe, affordable, adequate homes for at least 15 families. Through the Global Neighbors Program, Habitat Canada has supported the community in Battambang for the past two years to empower 40 vulnerable families. We would like to invite YOU to be one of 40 Canadian volunteers helping to build homes for these families in need.
Since 2014, Habitat Canada has been working with Habitat Cambodia to improve the living conditions for families in the Battambang area. The “Safe and Empowered Communities for Urban Reintegration” project is unique in making centrally located, urban land available for housing low-income families. The work involves converting state-owned land in urban areas of Battambang into privately owned plots with secure tenure for families. This project is empowering informal settlement families through workshops and training sessions on securing land tenure in the region while also supporting 40 families through the construction of 40 new homes. For more information on this project, please click here.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Cambodia
While poverty has decreased significantly, many Cambodian families are hovering only just above the poverty line. There is an approximate 2.7 million Cambodians (17.7%) who live in extreme poverty (below the 1.25 USD per capita poverty line PPP 2012) and simply cannot afford to repay microloans. Habitat for Humanity Cambodia seeks to break the cycle of poverty through durable, affordable housing solutions. Since 2003, HFH Cambodia has enabled more than 18,000 families to build strength, stability and self-reliance through grant-based housing support for vulnerable groups, water sanitation, disaster risk reduction and response and market development through financial inclusion.
HFH Cambodia takes a holistic approach to housing that includes empowering marginalized communities in improving their housing conditions and working with partner organizations to address the needs of vulnerable groups of people. As Cambodia is also prone to floods and droughts, Habitat aims to build resilient communities through disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction. Through institutional lending, microfinance institution partners can disburse loans to families for housing and home improvement. HFH Cambodia is one of the top five countries hosting Global Village volunteers from different parts of the world.
What will my week look like?
|Sat. Nov. 11||Arrive in Cambodia (Siem Reap International Airport)|
|Sun. Nov. 12||Travel to Battambang, Welcome Dinner|
|Mon. Nov. 13||Build Day, Opening Ceremony|
|Tues. Nov. 14||Build Day|
|Wed. Nov. 15||Build Day|
|Thurs. Nov. 16||Build Day|
|Fri. Nov. 17||Build Day, Home Dedication|
|Sat. Nov. 18||Travel back to Siem Reap|
|Sun. Nov. 19||R&R|
|Mon. Nov. 20||Depart for home or other travels|
Where will I stay? What will I eat?
The team will stay in shared rooms in a modest, secure, clean HFH Cambodia-approved hotel near the build site. Meals will be in approved restaurants or prepared by Habitat-authorized local community members. Clean drinking water will be provided at all times. Health and safety of the team is always top priority.
What will it cost?
This cost for this 10 day opportunity to be part of the Cambodia Big Build is
The trip cost includes: lodging, food, ground transportation, traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to HFH Cambodia. Participants will need to arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Flight arrangements should be done in consultation with the team leader.
*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue two separate charitable donation tax receipts: 1) for the Habitat trip fee; and 2) one for the eligible airfare (the airfare related tax receipt is issued after the trip). The costs for R&R portion of the trip are not eligible for a tax receipt and this money must not be sent to HFH Canada. Your team leader will let you know how to pay this.
Meet the Team Leader: Diane Bussandri
My name is Diane Bussandri and I'm from Montreal. This trip to Cambodia will be my 9th Habitat Global Village trip. Shortly after my business partner and I had sold our human resources consulting firm a friend recommended Habitat to me as a great travel experience, offering the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of others. How right she was!
I am currently involved in a number of other volunteer activities, including the Admissions Committee of McGill Medical School, the Montreal chapter of the Women Presidents Organization, Share theWarmth (a community kitchen) and Leave Out Violence (dedicated to helping youth deal with violence in their lives, their schools and in the community).
I am a passionate skier, biker and hiker, gardener and a passionate but lousy golfer. I have been married for 36 years to the same wonderful man and we have a daughter aged 34 living in Toronto and a son aged 32, living with his wife in London. No grandchildren yet, but hope springs eternal!
Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!