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U.S. Peace Corps members in Cambodia help prepare for Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project 2009

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Peace Corps members stand in front of test home.

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Peace Corps members build with sundried soil clay, sand and cement blocks made on site

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (May 1, 2009) Fifteen U.S. Peace Corps members worked for five days this week to complete a model house in Phoum Phnom Bat, the Cambodian site of Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Work Project, Nov. 15-20, 2009.

The Peace Corps members, all currently on assignment in Cambodia, worked together with 21 future Habitat homeowners. The families currently live among the garbage dumpsite in Steung Meanchey, about 40 miles north of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.

“This has been a great experience to be able to work on this house,” said 31-year-old team leader Tiffany Walker from Sacramento, Calif.

The Peace Corps members are spending two years with Khmer families while teaching English and working on community projects.

“I enjoyed working with the volunteers and feel the house design will provide safe new housing to my family and the other 20 families who have lived on the dumpsite for so long,” said Chea Chandy, a future Habitat homeowner.

Most of the families have been living on the dump site for nine years.

The test house was built with a new technique for Habitat for Humanity in Cambodia. It used sundried soil clay, sand and cement blocks made on site. Though built as a house, complete with toilet, the model house structure will eventually become a community center.

Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project will unite volunteers and families in need of decent, affordable housing in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and the Yunnan Province in China.

“Together during the week, we will help hundreds of families into decent housing and bring attention to an area where many people live in deplorable poverty,” President Carter said.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.