Home-builder Craig takes his skills to Cambodia

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Home-builder Craig takes his skills to Cambodia

Post by Abc123 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:23 pm

Home-builder Craig takes his skills to Cambodia

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15:39 Saturday 30 December 2017

A Bo’ness building contracts manager joined an international team to build 29 homes in just ten days for shanty town villagers in Cambodia. Now, back in Scotland, Craig Leishman says the experience has opened his eyes to the scale of third world poverty - and is urging others to get involved. Craig is East of Scotland contracts chief for CALA Homes, and joined colleagues in a south-east Asia charity stint that raised more than £8,000. As part of the Big Build project - organised by charity Habitat for Humanity - the volunteers built homes for families living in “informal settlements” in Cambodia’s Battambang Province. Craig said: “My name was put forward by CALA Homes to take part in the The Big Build project – which was like nothing I had ever experienced before. “The experience definitely pulled at the heart strings. “It’s not until you see the conditions in countries like Cambodia that you realise how lucky you are”. He added: “It was such a culture change. People were living in huts and not wearing shoes. “Many were living on land that did not belong to them and were being evicted. “There is a lot more work still needed in Cambodia and CALA Homes is planning to send a larger team of volunteers next year. “I’m hoping to join in again and make a difference to people’s lives, and would encourage others to take up this wonderful opportunity too.” Underlining the scale of the poverty, the Cambodian Government has estimated that at least 10 million people lack access to decent housing. Around 2.8 million people, or nearly one in five of the population, still live in extreme poverty without any social safety net, and an estimated two million houses need critical improvement to meet minimum quality standards. It’s estimated that an additional 1.1 million houses will be needed by 2030 as a result of a population increase and rural urban migration in Cambodia.

Read more at: https://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/news/ho ... -1-4650350 :O:
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Re: Home-builder Craig takes his skills to Cambodia

Post by chorlton » Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:32 pm

Bo'ness is similar to Cambodia TBH
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Re: Home-builder Craig takes his skills to Cambodia

Post by pczz » Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:24 pm

So an NGO was building homes for illegal land squatters in battambang?
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Post by OKW » Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:59 am

Abc123 wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:23 pm
Home-builder Craig takes his skills to Cambodia

ROY BEERS

15:39 Saturday 30 December 2017
Are you well?
A Bo’ness building contracts manager joined an international team to build 29 homes in just ten days for shanty town villagers in Cambodia. Now, back in Scotland, Craig Leishman says the experience has opened his eyes to the scale of third world poverty - and is urging others to get involved. Craig is East of Scotland contracts chief for CALA Homes, and joined colleagues in a south-east Asia charity stint that raised more than £8,000. As part of the Big Build project - organised by charity Habitat for Humanity - the volunteers built homes for families living in “informal settlements” in Cambodia’s Battambang Province. Craig said: “My name was put forward by CALA Homes to take part in the The Big Build project – which was like nothing I had ever experienced before. “The experience definitely pulled at the heart strings. “It’s not until you see the conditions in countries like Cambodia that you realise how lucky you are”. He added: “It was such a culture change. People were living in huts and not wearing shoes. “Many were living on land that did not belong to them and were being evicted. “There is a lot more work still needed in Cambodia and CALA Homes is planning to send a larger team of volunteers next year. “I’m hoping to join in again and make a difference to people’s lives, and would encourage others to take up this wonderful opportunity too.” Underlining the scale of the poverty, the Cambodian Government has estimated that at least 10 million people lack access to decent housing. Around 2.8 million people, or nearly one in five of the population, still live in extreme poverty without any social safety net, and an estimated two million houses need critical improvement to meet minimum quality standards. It’s estimated that an additional 1.1 million houses will be needed by 2030 as a result of a population increase and rural urban migration in Cambodia.

Read more at: https://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/news/ho ... -1-4650350 :O:
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Re: Home-builder Craig takes his skills to Cambodia

Post by Cruisemonkey » Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:27 am

pczz wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:24 pm
So an NGO was building homes for illegal land squatters in battambang?

That's how I interpreted it... because of the use of the term "informal settlements". It seems to me Bo'ness may actually be building the homes for the property owners. :shock:
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Re: Home-builder Craig takes his skills to Cambodia

Post by one_dolla » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:02 pm

chorlton wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:32 pm
Bo'ness is similar to Cambodia TBH
similar na its worse by a fecking mile !
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Re: Home-builder Craig takes his skills to Cambodia

Post by that genius » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:13 pm

What kind of idiot donor allocates funds to building homes on illegally occupied land? Why not buy land with it? Morons.
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Post by AndyKK » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:35 pm

I had seen and witnessed something very similar, simpler here were the "eco tourist, do good westerner" would be involved in a building project organised by a Khmer lady and her barang counterpart. This lady showed me some small wood and grass shacks! The ones you see the rice farmers resting in, due to the midday sun, claiming no one should live in these conditions. She also showed me photo's of the new builds and the barangs working on her land, small tin sheet ones. asked me if I wanted to be involved with building. If not I could still pay the fee to them of $300 per build.
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Re: Home-builder Craig takes his skills to Cambodia

Post by pczz » Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:11 pm

read the original article in the falkirkherald. Still none the wiser about whether they were building houses on illegally occupied land or building houses for people evicted from illegally occupied land. I suspect the latter or the police would have been on them like a shot.
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