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We rolled up our sleeves, got busy, muddy and very wet (rainy season in Thailand doesn’t disappoint), laying the floors and building the walls of four houses that will be donated to local families once completed.
Working at Amadeus Asia Pacific, you don’t usually see me with a bucket of cement and a brick in my hand but last weekend, I did something different. I went to the office at 7am on a Saturday to meet 30 other Amadeus volunteers and travel to the province of Rayong, 2 hours south of Bangkok for the annual ‘Build to Give’ activity.
This was the second time I took part in this CSR activity to support local communities by building and repairing houses for low income families in Thailand, in partnership withHabitat for Humanity .
A powerful sound system nearby was pumping out music all day long, initially it was strange to have my feet in cement while listening to the latest hits but it helped to keep us motivated and in the end we actually worked on one more house than planned – a great result!
Friends and family also attended so my daughter, visiting me from France, was able to share this great experience with me…. This was one of the highlights for me.
At the end of the day, the future homeowners shared their appreciation with us and it made me realise that all the sweat, mud and hard labour was worth it because we had played a small part in offering this family a safe and decent home where they can live for the rest of their life. Not your average Saturday, but definitely one that I will remember for a long time.
See more photos from the day on our Facebook album:Post