Over the Term 3 holidays a group of 54 girls and 10 teachers visited Cambodia for nine days with the aim of helping Habit for Humanity build five houses in the rural village of Sambou, about 45 minutes out of Siem Reap city.
We were split into five smaller build groups with 10-11 girls and 1-2 teachers in each of them and allocated a build site where we would be constructing a house for the family living there. Every day we faced new, challenging and complex tasks which every girl met with a smile on her face and willingness to put in the hard work required to get a job done including sawing, hammering, chiselling, mixing concrete, brick laying, and more.
On the morning of our final day, each group did a handover ceremony where the houses we officially given to each of the families to move into that night. The family’s remarks about how thankful and happy they were to have a house to live in were deeply emotional for us all and brought a tear to many a girl’s eyes. When we had to board the buses for the final time, many of us cried to be leaving such a beautiful group of people who had influenced us in such a profound way. They had helped us grow and experience life from a new point of view that we never could have imagined before.
Phoebe Masnick, Georgia Williams and Imogen Powell
Year 11 & Year 10 Students