A young group of volunteers travelling over from Australia visited us in December 2016 to build two beautiful houses for the Srey Pul and Suon families. Together they held fundraisers and called on their friends for help to be able to provide the funds for the materials to build the houses. At Heartprint we’re the lucky ones that get to tell the families of the amazing gift they are about to receive and we are always grateful to be able to pass on this amazing news.
Robyn had visited our projects in Siem Reap prior to her donations for Yay Day, giving out donations of food including rice and other staples, organising a house blessing for an elderly grandma that received a house through our housing program and even paying for soil to improve the family’s living conditions. The elderly of Cambodia have always held a special place in Robyn’s heart and majority of the projects she supports through Heartprint include the elderly. When Robyn supplied us with hygiene packs that included sarongs and kromas (a scarf) it only seemed natural to arrange Yay Day, a day where we could embrace and thank the elderly women of Bakong.
Ant’s mum was a lucky survivor of the Khmer Rouge, the communist regime led by Pol Pot. She was sponsored to New Zealand as a refugee, literally arriving there with nothing. Her story of overcoming struggle and the unyielding support she continually gives to others in the community makes her one of Jamie’s biggest inspirations.
After booking their holiday to Siem Reap Jamie decided she wanted her trip to Cambodia to not only be a holiday, but an opportunity to give back in whatever little way she could.
Jamie came across Heartprint on social media and thankfully loved what we were about. The couple decided they would raise enough money to build a house, a toilet and a well. With the enormous support of their family and friends they not only managed to donate to all these projects they also donated another well as well as a toilet upgrade for a family that had the beginning of a toilet but was unable to complete it.
It was wonderful to share the visit with Jamie and Ant when they came to meet the families they had helped directly, to see the
connection they now held with the families and for Ant to feel the connection to his mother’s birth place was a very special time for us at Heartprint.
Enjoy the movies of what one couple were able to achieve with a little help from Heartprint and see how much they touched hearts and changed lives in Cambodia.