Sundance Home #2 in Cambodia - Chicago Marathon 2018

Jill Dorjath
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"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" Martin Luther King

Sometimes our lives get so busy that we forget to look around and realize how lucky we are. When a storm hits, we can be grateful for a roof over our heads. When we're thirsty, we can be thankful for running water.

Here's an opportunity for you to give back and make an impact.

I'll be running the Chicago Marathon on October 7 to help build a home for a large family in need in the Siem Reap area of Cambodia. 

The family that will receive this home currently lives in a substandard, skeleton house made of wood beams and planks. The walls are made of dried palm leaves, a popular building material that does not last long. Insects live in the leaves and transmit diseases. This kind of house is rarely resistant to wind gusts and tropical rain showers. It is no place to raise a family.

Habitat for Humanity uses their expertise to renovate and build homes with the family's help. This builds self-reliance, and a feeling of ownership and commitment.

Habitat also helps the family acquire property rights for their land and makes sure that the home provides clean drinking water, good sanitation and better hygiene.

The average price of a Habitat home in Cambodia is 1500 Euros, so that's my goal this year. I'm aiming to meet or exceed that and help at least one family. 

You can help make an impact and leave a legacy by supporting this project with your contribution. 

Instant karma boomerang! Thank you for building with me.



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€50 09-10-2018 | 07:22 I did not want to pay until I made sure you were actually going to run it AGAIN!!! You are too much Dorjath!!!
€25 07-10-2018 | 12:50
€50 07-10-2018 | 09:02
€25 06-10-2018 | 23:53 Good luck, bud ! So proud of you . "Keep chasing and achieving your dreams", like you used to say <3. In thoughts with you tomorrow for this big challenge !
€50 05-10-2018 | 21:03 Best of luck for the marathon!
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Cambodia Project Results

18-07-2021 | 10:01 Thank you for your donations in 2018 to this important project. Here is some information from Habitat for Humanity about the results:   Hi Jill, I would like you to meet Sok Mel and her family. Thanks to your fundraiser, they now have a safe house. Sok Mel is 28 years old, her family has four members: her husband Mai, their daughter Sophy (18 months) and their son Phy (1 month). The family lives in a small village near Siem Reap, in the Angkor Thom district. Most of the people living in this village are farmers and some people go to find jobs in Siem Reap City as construction workers or as servers in restaurants. This family lives under the poverty line and gets income from informal labor. Sok Mel and Mai both work to ensure they have enough food. Sok Mel used to work at a farm, but now they have children and she is a bucket weaver. She sells the buckets at the market for $ 1,15 per bucket. It is a good job for her, because she can take car of the children and still earn some money. Mai is also a farmer, mostly in the Siem Reap district, and sometimes he works in Thailand. Their old house was very sub-standard. The walls where made of palm leafs and the roof was made of old sinc plates. Sok Mel said “Before it was difficult to live in my old house, while it was windy or raining. I always got out of my house because the roof and walls were leaking and shaking. It was not safe and the pillars were old.” After they moved into their new house and after the livelihood training from Habitat for Humanity Cambodia, Mel Sok says: “I feel extremely happy and it is changing my family completely better than before. Besides this, the repaired house provides me and my family with a new life”. She added: “I sleep well at night since I don’t worry anymore about rain and wind. I feel safe when I go far from my house to work, and my health is getting better through the education on clean water, sanitation and hygiene provided by Habitat for Humanity Cambodia.” Apart from the above support, Sok Mel understood well about how to fix the house and recognized the importance of keeping the house clean. As a result, her house is a good environment for her. “Thank you so much for supporting my family. Wishing you success in all you do.” Project overview: All Habitat houses in this project in Cambodia are built with a toilet, providing access to proper water and sanitation to enhance the quality of beneficiaries’ lives. The homeowners are now living in safe, adequate, quality dwellings with access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. The sense of security and the cohesion of families are enhanced through the provision of disaster-resilient housing solutions and sanitation facilities. Homepartners are also trained in good sanitary behavior and in maintaining their homes.   
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