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BUILDING HOPE IN CAMBODIA – THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

BUILDING HOPE IN CAMBODIA – THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

August 01, 2017

BUILDING HOPE IN CAMBODIA

COLLABORATE 2017

 

In January this year Lipman staff were engaged in an opportunity to participate in volunteer work for the construction of sustainable buildings in Cambodia, a RAW Impact Collaborate Initiative to provide much needed community facilities for Ta Skor village. 

We wanted to share this experience with all of you, particularly our supporters whose significant contributions made it all possible.

A substantial $63,321.73 was donated to support our efforts by those listed below! This is the most funds raised by any group to date and in less than 3.5 months breaking our target of $60,000.00, obviously its value in Cambodia is so significant!

 

See the RAW Impact video of the Collaborate 2017 initiative and read about our journey below.

 

 

HOW 37 VOLUNTEERS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

COLLABORATION

Our team joined the 37 strong Collaborate 2017 team which is a partnership involving RAW Impact, the University of New South Wales and Cundall (Australia).

The program encourages students, industry professionals, tradies and others to combine forces to build sustainable bamboo structures in areas of significant poverty and need in Cambodia.

BEHIND THE TEAM

EVERY PIECE MATTERS

Lipman and our team members funded all travel and on-ground costs, due to the generous support of our subcontractors, suppliers, clients, peers, family and friends our team raised a significant amount donated directly to RAW Impact for the purchase of materials.
Thank you to all listed below for supported us in this initiative!

Gavin Alderton          Harold Kopelowitz

Michelle Aldred         Wendy Lanner

Claire Anderson        Olga  Le Goadec

Drenka Andjelic         Andrew  Linegar

Sam Attfield               Kim  Livingstone

John Bea                     Michael  Lockwood

Roger Beard               Daniel   Lopez

Kate Bergin                Christine Macri

Charles Brannen       Michelle Maddock

Nick Brennan             Shirley Magua

Rob Bromwich           Reg Mahoney

Mick Burns                 Sarah Manttan

Zac Burns                   Kathy Marren

Jesse Butler                Ross Mclntosh

Stefano Calautti         Robert McQueen

Adam Churchill          Rachel Milne

Annabel Clark            Susie Molesworth

Carmen Clarke          Lillian Morrison

Louise Clinton           Michael Morrison

Matthew Collins        Olivia Mulligan

Michael Colville         Dwayne Murray

Brodie  Cooper          Marie Joy Nettleship

Mark   Cuttler             Toby Newton-McGee

Angus  Darling           Tristan Newton-McGee

Curtis  De Agrella      Lynn Nortje

Simon De Graaf         Natalie  O’Connor

Emma Dengate           Jacqueline O’Connor

Kerry Dillon                 Lyndall  Orr

Shawn  Parrett           Nikita Magua

John Donoghue          David Peatfield

Peta  Dowton              Nicholas Peros

Anthony Dunphy        Miguel  Pires

Olivia Edwards            Charmian Porter

Kylie  Elliott                  Robert  Porter

George Favotto           Yvonne Pratt

Cheryl Ferguson         Bernadette Pringle

Trevor Fowler             Alexander Pritchard

Zoe Milne                    Brent Rae

Kevin Dillon                Emma Ratcliffe

Paul Giles                    Craig Redding

Andrew Gillies            Joshua  Rees

Ruby Glasson             Nicholas Robertson

Brad Gleeson             Sam Rogers

Jessica  Gnata             Steven Rushworth

Liam Gooley                Lachlan Ryan

Mark Graham             Wayne Ryan

John Habib                  Kasim Salagic

Osama Hassan           Georgina Scott

Ali Hassan                   Noel Shamley

Megan  Hayward       Rod Sharpe

Brooke Head              David Shearer

Joanne Head               Anna Sinclair

Kerrie  Heath              Farrell Knox

David Herse                David Symons

David Hope                  Joanne Tapp

Mark Horn                   Bruce Thompson

Tracey House              Angela Vincent

Paul Humber               Wendy Wass

Lauren  Job                   Ron Wenman

Robert  Johnson           Ross White

Peter  Johnston            Graham Williams

Thomas Kay                  Sean Wong

John Knights

Central West PM Chris Milne

Betty Dimitrakopoulos

Ettalong Church Fundraiser

Cheryl  Georgopoulos

Natascia Spadavecchia

Russell & Gaileen Wildman

 

THE JOURNEY BEGINS

AT SYDNEY AIRPORT

The Lipman Cambodia team assembled at 6:30am on the 2nd January at Sydney Airport.

Our team consisted of Paul Edwards, Sean Dunphy, Peter Elliott, Kurt Lanner, Peter Milne, Brad Gleeson, Stephen Porter, Scott Gleeson, Adam Orr, Etzel Knorles, Dan Edwards & Maclaren Mrkic.

PHNOM PENH AND S21 KILLING FIELDS

THE CHALLENGE THE COUNTRY FACES

Our first day was spent exploring Phnom Penh before an opening dinner with the RAW group and continuing onto a “cultural” day visiting the Killing Fields, S21 and a She Rescue Home. Invaluable background as to why the country has some of the challenges it currently faces.

 
This was where the team started to feel the significance of the trip and they were ready to put on their tool belts!

ROUGH, RUGGED AND RAW

TA SKOR VILLAGE

The next week were build days in Ta Skor Village where the group worked hard in the heat and dense humidity on building the bamboo houses and commencing the Community Centre.

The Community Centre design was part of a project run through UNSW for utilising Bamboo in sustainable environments. The team had a Bamboo expert from Cave Urban Architects on the trip which made it really interesting.

We commenced construction of the Community Centre building which unfortunately due to an extended wet season could not be constructed in its final location, we were however able to substantially progress the prefabrication and also to erect some of the fish-bone trusses for a temporary bamboo shelter.

The Community Centre work we undertook in Ta Skor Village proved to be really worthwhile as it allowed our team to draw on the experience held by those in the team to resolve many of the challenges and constraints involved in building the centre. This in turn proved to be of significant assistance to increase the skill level of those that will still be there for the erection of the final structure once the building pad is accessible.

THE COMMUNITY

SOBERING EXPERIENCE

Each day we had a 2km walk through the villages out to our site. The local kids were so happy to see us giving us high-fives as we walk through. 

We also stayed with a family in Ta Skor village one night. We had to purchase supplies for dinner and breakfast for around 10 people from the local market for less than $2. Not easy but achievable (and also more than they often have). Very sobering experience, their total belongings could literally be carried in one hand.

Although the people there have so little, they choose to be positive, friendly and enjoy what little they have. Contentment with so little.
 
The unthinkable wealth of Australians in comparison to those in Cambodia gives us real opportunity to easily make a difference to those less fortunate.

RAW web site http://www.rawimpact.org/
SHE web site https://www.sherescuehome.org

KRACHEH

SUSTAINABLE LIVING

Our travels continued to Kracheh where we completed an Agricultural project creating a usable garden for the village.

This was to assist a community that was relocated by the Government to a very remote area with inadequate water, services and infrastructure. They have no tools, can’t farm, have no money, no seed, no water, and are not educated.

They now have a Well (installed by RAW prior to our arrival using some of the funds raised for Collaborate). We tilled, shaped, fenced, fertilized and seeded a garden. The family will shortly have a steady supply of food and some income.

They still have lots of work to do but RAW will teach them to farm and they now have a chance.

The funding and one day’s work from the group has completely changed their lives for the long term.

THE LIPMAN TEAM

AND THE TARANTULA’S

The Lipman team experienced many different foods, experienced the rich culture and were loving the hard work during the day. The only negative was the sickness, however it comes part and parcel with Asia.

One of the nights the team experienced a Cambodian delicacy, “The Tarantula”. Brad Gleeson who without hesitation was the first one to grab one and shortly after said “They are usually crispy and cooked, this one was chewy”. Note – he was very sick the next day. Also the team has never seen big Kurt run and jump out of a room so quick when the live Tarantula came out to play.

The vaccinations were essential as some of our team were dropping like flies on various days due to sickness. 

OUR LAST DAY

ANGKOR TEMPLES

We then traveled to Siem Reap where we finished visiting Angkor Wat Temples before flying home via Kuala Lumpur.

“The trip was more significant, more challenging, more confronting, and more helpful to those in significant need than we anticipated it would be.”
Construction Director Paul Edwards

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