Phann’s story

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Phann’s story

Poy Phann is a 48 year old single mother in Cambodia. Previously, she and her 10 year old son lived in a makeshift house constructed with pieces of wood, zinc sheets and palm leaves – materials which unsurprisingly do not offer sufficient protection from the elements.

“I know that my  house would not have last much longer. At the same time, I did not earn enough income to afford a new house. I worried about my son and if the house collapsed, where would we live?” Phann said.

Phann, like many others in her community, cannot afford to own a paddy field which provides a steady source of income from the rice harvest. Phann she relies on seasonal labour and odd jobs such as feeding cows, raising and catching fish and crabs to sell in the village. Her income provides just enough to cover basic needs and allows her son to attend primary school. However, sadly it does not permit her to build a better place for her family to live.

Thanks to your support, Phann now has a safe and decent home to call her own.

“The help from the volunteers is a precious gift for us, it will offer my family a fresh start.” Phann said. “It has given me a new decent place to live. It is much better than before, I’m very happy.”

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