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Volunteers needed for Cambodia – Habitat for Humanity

1 August 2011 No Comment

The Taylor family of Hamilton is taking seriously the challenge of helping those less fortunate than themselves. Alan, a Hamilton accountant, is recruiting a team of 15 to Cambodia with Habitat for Humanity in November accompanied by his wife Lynne and two of their sons. They are part of a larger contingent of 150 volunteers from NZ and will join with a further 150 volunteers from various countries to take part in the “Khmer Harvest Build” where 20 impoverished families will be assisted into their own homes so they no longer have to live and work in Phnom Penh’s large, toxic, rubbish dump.

“I felt this was something I could do to make a difference”, says Alan. “I’m not a builder, just an average kiwi handyman, but I know that the little I’ve got when added to the little that others like me have, will make a huge difference for real people in Cambodia.”

Alan will be accompanied by his wife Lynne, artist, and two of their sons – Daniel (IT worker) and Jordan (fourth year Management Studies student at Waikato University).

“Hey, if our family can do this – anyone can!” says Alan. “Come and join my team – you’ll be impacted by the experience and you’ll come back with fantastic memories and great new friends”. Habitat doesn’t give handouts and local families who qualify work alongside the volunteers to construct their home, and then pay back a loan through small business enterprises that Habitat enables.

Many of the volunteers, including the Taylor family, are staying on after the one week build for a further week of organised tourism, visiting the famed ancient complex of Angkor Wat, the sobering Killing Fields museum, and other Cambodian attractions.

If you’d like to know more contact Alan on 07 854 7402. The NZ volunteers depart Auckland 13th November.


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