SIEM REAP: Armed with his conviction that housing is a basic human right that should be available to all, Sinn Mang – a former carpenter from a small fishing village in Kandal province – has dedicated the past five years of his life to constructing homes for poor families through his charitable organisation.
Mang founded the organisation, called Volunteer Building Cambodia (VBC), in 2014. VBC celebrated its 5th anniversary in March, and in that time it has completed 255 homes, 120 toilets and 87 wells for poor communities in rural Siem Reap province.
Hailing from Kandal province’s Koh Thom District, 43-year-old Mang had 20 years experience as a carpenter prior to establishing VBC.
“I come from a poor family in a small fishing village and I could relate to the problems these families were facing. I could see the need for better housing and I wanted to help poor Cambodian families like my own. Sometimes you just need an opportunity,” the VBC director says.
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