The VBC story

Volunteer Building Cambodia is a locally run, community-driven non-government organisation, focussed on helping poor Cambodian families improve their living conditions.

 

Founded by local Khmer man, Sinn Meang in 2014, Volunteer Building Cambodia 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. We do thorough assessments to ensure those most in need receive our houses.

About 80 per cent of Cambodians live in rural areas where a staggering 85 per cent of people do not have access to adequate sanitation and 35 per cent cannot afford to access safe water. Where possible we provide wells and toilets to improve living conditions.

Many families in rural Siem Reap still live on less than $1 a day.

We are looking at ways to break the poverty cycle and help these families to become self-sufficient and able to provide for themselves.

I, too, have had the pleasure of spending 7 very hot but very rewarding days of building a house for a very deserving family. Without a doubt the best thing I have done in my 52 years. If you have any chance to join these wonderful people to build a house for a poor family, jump at it. You will spend the rest of your years telling anyone who will listen how good it was.

Maree Sweeten

Geelong, Australia