Parklands team helps build homes in Cambodia

Parklands Christian College students and teachers headed to Cambodia to take part in an aid trip during the September school holidays.

The team of 24 helped build a bamboo home in Taskor Village for a displaced family

They also travelled to Koki, where they built a vegetable garden for a couple who survived the Khmer Rouge genocide.

Missions co-ordinator Amanda Young said the team worked with non-government organisation Raw Impact to create positive changes in Cambodia.

“Students learn they can make a huge impact in their world through serving and understand just how privileged we are to be afforded a western education,” she said.

“During the building week students get to experience what simple living village life is like by having a sleep out with local families.”

Ms Young said the team was made up of a cross-section of the college community who all brought varied skills and talents to the team.

“Our aim is for our students and staff to have a transformational, heart-changing experience,” she said.

College captain Oliver Lee said the trip had changed his whole perspective on life.

“I now see how fortunate we are to have everything that we do in this country,” he said.

Ms Young said personal trip costs were self-funded and all fundraising by the Parklands team during the year went towards building materials.