HFH Cambodia has begun a voluntary resettlement project in Oudong, Kandal Province for 71 families currently living at Phnom Penh’s most notorious dumpsite- the SteungMeanchey Municipal Dumpsite. This program aims to improve the health and economic conditions of these families by providing decent, affordable homes with access to safe water, and providing training on health, livelihood, financial management and good governance.
HFH Cambodia kicked-off building in Oudong with the successful Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, The Mekong Build, which took place in November 2009. During this special build, over 250 local and international volunteers worked alongside home partner families to build 21 houses in 5 days for 21 families relocating from the SteungMeanchey Municipal Dumpsite.
An additional 50 houses will be built on an adjacent plot as part of the Building Healthy and Secure Community Project. All of the houses will be built using the new, “greener” technology utilized during the JRCWP- hand-made stabilized soil blocks. These houses will be made up of single detached houses, duplex houses and row houses.
The closure of a Steung Meanchey dumpsite in 2009 left hundreds of families without homes and their source of income – as garbage pickers …
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