BUILDING HOPE IN CAMBODIA – THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
August 01, 2017
BUILDING HOPE IN CAMBODIA
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
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
Central West PM Chris Milne
Ettalong Church Fundraiser
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.
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.
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
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