Friday, 11 March 2011

Volunteer spots available for trip to Cambodia with Habitat for Humanity

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/

via CAAI

Mar 10 2011

Emily Fortman, director of Family Services and Kathy Davis, bookkeeper for Habitat for Humanity of East King County will be leading 12 adventurers on a Global Village trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia from June 10-18.

Global Village trips consist of volunteer construction side by side with the families for whom they will be building a home. In addition, volunteers have the opportunity to experience authentic Cambodian meals and some cultural activities in nearby areas. This is truly a chance for volunteers to immerse themselves in the Cambodian culture and see a new side of Habitat.

Spots are open for 10 volunteers age 16 and above (with guardian only).

The trip cost will be about $1,310 and will include accommodations, on-ground transportation, meals, drinking water, cultural experiences, travel medical insurance, and a donation to the Cambodian affiliate. Airfare is not included in price and currently running about $1,500 from Seattle.

For more information, please contact Emily Fortman at efortman@habitatekc.org or by phone at 425-869-6007. Space is limited, so please make your reservations as soon as possible.

Habitat for Humanity surpassed its 400,000 house milestone during its most recent fiscal year. Since the non-profit was founded in 1976, its self-help, hand-up model has resulted in rehabbed, repaired or new housing for more than 2 million people worldwide. Habitat EKC is part of this global effort.

Since 1988, Habitat EKC has built, rehabbed or repaired 107 houses. The East King County service area incorporates the regions east of Seattle, ranging from Mercer Island to North Bend and from Renton to Bothell. The goal of this affiliate is to make it possible for low-income Eastside residents to be able to purchase simple, decent, affordable homes. The families who will move into these homes will put in 500 hours of their own labor as a down payment towards home ownership.

Since Habitat for Humanity International registered a branch office in Cambodia in January 2003, Habitat for Humanity Cambodia has built more than 1,000 homes and served more than 3,000 families through its housing and community development programs in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Kandal and Battambang.

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