Reading opens up doors to other worlds for students and improves their knowledge and vocabulary. Reading is a great hobby for students in between their classes. Sometimes students can get additional materials to support their study, and sometimes they get easy methods to help solve their homework.
The Challenge is that sometimes we don't have enough space for them to read...
...But now our international volunteer Frank Mullen has found a Solution for this.
Frank is an architect and builder who has been volunteering the past 5 months to help build and maintain buildings on SC's campus, including a place for the dancing class and a great new Reading Room for the students.
Working with our Volunteer Architect!
"When I arrived at SC in November, there was a crumbling structure on campus that had provided shade so that the school children could have an outdoor place for reading. Since then the demand for space has only increased, but the structure is gone. I tore it down to make way for the new one. It was only three years old... That's the nature of thatched roofs."
"The traditional Khmer roof shape has a central steeply-pitched gable with a lower-pitched roof surrounding it. Often these lower roofs are open-air, providing shade to the exterior walls of the building and sometimes an outdoor veranda. When SC described for me the requirements of this new building and their desire for a traditional roof, I immediately thought of a scissors truss. They're relatively light and use material very efficiently; their geometry does some of the heavy lifting."
"A little before 4:00 pm, Ponlue showed up with 10 Cambodian guys in flip-flops and a dump truck. That's when I knew it was time to stand aside and watch."
"The rebirth of the reading shelter will be complete in two weeks, when it will take its place in the collection of buildings that is the campus of Sustainable Cambodia. I'm proud of this project, and I know the school children and their families will benefit from it for many years to come."