A casual conversation has evolved into a project that will help
Cambodian children, provides stable homes for their families and aid in
the fight against human trafficking. At the same time it will offer
Australian students, academics and construction professionals an
experience they'll never forget.
After connecting via a mutual
friend, it soon became clear to Cundall’s Alistair Coulstock and Raw
Impact’s Troy Roberts that there was a fantastic opportunity to bring
together the construction industry and students to help those in poverty
Alistair a Principal for Cundall and Troy who
recently founded not-for-profit organisation RAWImpact will head up the
Build Against The Traffick project, one of RAWimpact’s five development
Alistair says “Within minutes of speaking with Troy,
I realised we were on to something great, and the ‘Build Against The
Traffick’ concept was born. Since that phone call everything has been
falling into place. I’m a big believer of synchronicity, and
subsequently, people have been entering my life who fit perfectly with
Commencing in July this year, students from the
University of New South Wales (UNSW) pairing with experienced architects
to design houses for rural Cambodia. The students will assess energy
use in developing countries and investigate passive and active
solutions. They will be assisted by the architects, a core group of
engineers and lecturers from UNSW and the Royal University of Pnomh
In areas of Cambodia are some of the poorest people in the
world. The sheer scale of poverty puts immense pressure on families, who
can do little to feed themselves and survive. As a result, trafficking
of women, children and even the men is a regular occurrence.
traffickers will poach from the most vulnerable villages fabricating
lies that the children will have a better future, be educated, and have
lots of food. With a sum of money equivalent to 3-6 months wages this
may sway innocent and unsuspecting families into giving up their
children. In other circumstances, the children may not have parents and
could be living with a relative or friend – this makes the jobs of the
pimps even easier.
“Hearing about these atrocities, I was
determined for Cundall to work worth Raw Impact to encourage the
construction industry to come together to implement this project”
The shortlisted designs will then be built by
teams of professionals from the construction industry, suppliers,
students and lecturers. Managing and overseeing the project will be Troy
Roberts and his experienced local team of builders from RAWimpact.
part of the trip the teams will visit the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields
and S21 Torture School to gain an appreciation of what these amazing
people have endured. The groups will then travel three hours north to
Kompong Thamor, which will act as a base for our build.
additional challenge, teams will spend one night with a family in the
village and try to feed them for the equivalent of $1 per person. It’s
anticipated that the experience will provide a raw insight into the
harsh realities faced by these families on a daily basis, and will be
one they will never forget.
“We want to bring together a movement
of people that will make a real impact on the world, and connect them
with a cause that inspires them the most. And it’s not just about
money.” Explains Raw Impact Founder Troy “We want them to bring their
time, their ideas and their skills to the fight against some of the
greatest injustices in the world today. And we truly believe that
together we can make a real impact for very powerful change"
Chef, Sarah Swan from 100 Mile Table will also be travelling as a
volunteer, creating some delicious culinary masterpieces for the same
budget the teams have to feed their families. In this special event,
Sarah will show everyone what can be created with so little money.
and Raw Impact are now looking to the industry to make this concept
reality “We have everything in place and now seeking financial support
from organisations by way of funding, donation of tools and apparel”
Alasdair passionately explains. “Key to the project’s success is funding
and generous donations to be able to cover the costs of the trip.”