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“I love our new home,” Kim said. “The extra rooms are my favourite part, we have so much more space now. I’m also really happy that our house won’t get flooded anymore when it rains.
Kim and Nhel’s new house is painted in hues of grass green, pastel mint and dark blue. “I chose those colours,” said Nhel with a proud smile.
The couple, along with their teenage daughter and two foster children, have just moved into their renovated and vastly improved home.
Back in 2009, the family relocated to a rental house because their property did not meet CCT’s minimum standards for foster placement.
“We only had one child and decided that we would love to nurture more kids and support them to become healthy adults.”
Exposed to the elements, their old place flooded regularly and did not have running water or a proper toilet. It consisted of a single room upstairs, with an open area underneath.
The renovations almost doubled the size of the house. The ground level was raised to prevent flooding, concrete foundations and frames were added and two new bedrooms were built. Among other features, a cooking space, bathroom and toilet were also installed.
“I love our new home,” Kim said. “The extra rooms are my favourite part, we have so much more space now. I’m also really happy that our house won’t get flooded anymore when it rains.”
The family now has a safe and functional space to call home and are happy to be back in their community. “My sisters and brother live nearby and it’s great to be so close to them again,” Kim said.
Kim and Nhel have fostered 18 children over the last several years.
“They have grown up, gotten married, moved away and even had children of their own. We still stay in touch and have a wonderful relationship with them all. They come and visit sometimes and bring us fruit.”
From now on, Kim and Nhel will be able to welcome other children in need of a loving family into their own home and community.
CCT would like to thank Flight Centre Foundation and Mark and Salenna Rolton of Massland for their generous donation to PROJECT FUTURES in support of this project – your contribution has helped create further security and safe havens for vulnerable children.