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VBC – Celebrating house 200

VBC – Building a better futureIt’s celebration week for VBC this week.We’ve reached a major milestone as we build our 200th house this week.Our achievements:Four and a half years.200 houses40 wells85 toiletsA warehouseA community Centre with four classrooms, computer room and libraryMore than $900,000 in sponsorship We think that’s pretty impressive for a small, grassroots organisation.Founder, Sinn Meang is amazed at how far the organisation has come since its early days.VBC started from humble beginnings in March 2014, operating with three part-time staff – Sinn,...

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The difference a house makes

If you ever wondered what difference a VBC house makes to a family – you just have to spend some time with P.This quietly spoken 15-year-old is the youngest of five girls and is so relieved to have a new home to live in, and significantly better living conditions that she could not hold back the tears.And it seems no one else could either – even the blokes get damp eyes when they meet this generous, humble and grateful teenager.Our volunteer coordinator, Rorm, describes the family’s previous house as “a really small, really horrible house”.The fragile home they lived in blew...

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VBC staff retreat

Sandwiched between the week building house #200 and a week where we had nearly 100 volunteers building five houses, we went on a staff retreat – to the beach! This might not sound like a big deal to many, but most of our team had never been to the beach. In fact, some of our team members had never been further than about 50 kilometres from their hometown. The entire team went – builders, teachers, office staff – even our work experience admin officer and our volunteer teacher from Ireland. There were 18 of us in total. It was four days and three nights of new experiences, team...

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VBC celebrates P’chum Ben

The streets of Siem Reap are quieter this week. It’s P’chum Ben, the biggest holiday in Cambodia and a time when families get together, people return to their hometown and visit pagodas to offer thanks and most importantly, to feed the hungry ghosts. This Buddhist festival is held over two weeks in the tenth month of the Khmer lunar calendar and is also referred to as the Ancestor Festival. Cambodians believe the spirits of their ancestors return to earth during this time and people must feed their ancestors to prevent them going hungry. It is common for people to visit many...

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VBC builds Virginia’s Village

As so often happens with Cambodia, this story started with a holiday and turned into a long love affair. The Lazzeri family – like many before them – came to Cambodia on vacation and fell in love with the country and it’s beautiful people. That one trip inspired them to give some of their heart to Cambodia. “During our visit, we saw how in need a lot of the citizens of Cambodia are and (we) wanted to find a way to help them,” Mr Lazzeri says. When they returned to the United States, Mr Lazzeri asked his step-daughter to do some research on ways they could provide some support...

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