Teenager Opts to Build Houses in Cambodia Over School

By Belinda Palmada

Typically teenagers would normally go to beach or hang out in shopping centres. 15 year-old Lily Goban took time off school to volunteer to build houses in Cambodia for charity Tabitha.

Tabitha is a non- profit organisastion founded by Janne Ritskes. Lily’s parents had been friends with Janne for years and approached them for help.  Lily would work from 7 am to 4 pm every day in the 40 degree heat.

“Although it was a tough experience, the reward was worth it. “ Lily said.

“Towards the end of construction, the organisation gave the families silk blankets as house warming presents.

“House building experience was life changing and an eye opener to what goes on outside Australia.”

When asked if Lily would volunteer again, she said she wouldn’t mind.


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