World Housing Communities
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
World Housing launched in 2014 working with building partners Cambodian Children's Fund and built its first village of 370 homes through Bjarke Ingels and Ian Gillespie's of Westbank's Vancouver House project. Since then we have funded additional homes in the Divine Family Community and now there are over 500 homes in villages that house the most vulnerable families. A home enables a stable life to exist for the children who live there, and with a safe home children can go to school and change their lives forever. We continue to build communities with CCF and currently we are building the Girls to Grannies Village slated to open in November 2020.
Our communities in Cambodia feature more than just homes, they also include playgrounds, gardens, communal spaces, washhouses, and bamboo fencing throughout. We're passionate about creating spaces where families have the resources to thrive. We work closely with Cambodian Children's Fund to make sure every community we build has all the features needed for families to succeed. We are excited to announce the Girls 2 Grannies Village currently being built in the Steung Meanchey district of Phnom Pehn. Thanks to our amazing donors we raised the critical funds through World Housing's inaugural 'House Party' event. Our vision for this amazing project is to support CCF’s proven strategy to end the poverty cycle by providing the important foundation of safe housing to girls and women. This village is specifically designed for women and girls — it gives girls who have been orphaned or abandoned a supportive, safe place to live so that they can attend school instead of being forced to pick garbage to survive. It will also provide a home for the “Grannies” of the community where they can nurture the younger women and girls. This village will house 200 of these vulnerable women currently living in Steung Meanchey. “Chbab Srey”, or “Rules for Girls,” is a traditional moral code of behavior that dictates a subordinate place for Cambodian women in society. Cambodian girls face great pressure to drop out of school early to go to work in order to survive. They live in dangerous conditions picking garbage while living in slums surrounding the dump.
“Building the communities was essential. They allowed families to get back together and gave a sense of dignity and hope for the future.” - Scott Neeson, Founder of Cambodian Children's Fund