Building Trust International hosted a hands on participatory workshop where international volunteers worked with the local community to experience sustainable building techniques and understand more about humanitarian design while building a worthwhile project that had a huge benefit to the local community. Building Trust promoted the use of natural materials such as adobe and bamboo and educated both volunteers and locals on how to build with these sustainable materials.

The Building Trust team taught how to make an adobe mix, print adobe bricks and turn them into a wall structure. Participants were also educated on the importance of recycling and how you can easily turn a plastic bottle into a construction material. Earth-bags were made and used to build the gardens planters and Compressed Stabilised Earth Blocks.(CSEB) were sourced locally and used in the fence construction.

The workshop took place over two weeks and was held at Kouk Khleang Youth Centre on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The youth centre was designed by Komitu Architects and is operated by two Cambodian organizations Cambodian Volunteers for Society (CVS) and Khmer Kampuchea Krom for Human Rights and Development Association (KKKHRDA). Building Trust worked with the local NGOs, local community, international volunteers and Komitu Architects to provide landscaping, a garden and fence for the centre using natural sustainable materials.

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