Volunteers get involved on the ground floor of Cambodian education

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 August, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 August, 2010, 12:00am

For Lawrence Lui Wai-ching (above, left), charity work is not just about lavish fund-raisers. His team of 33 volunteers, including five architects, went all the way back to the drawing board to design and build shelters for children in Cambodia.

'It feels more engaging because we were involved from the original design to actually building on site,' said Lui, co-organiser of the Involve in Design, Empower with Action project.

The group is staging a four-day exhibition starting on Friday at Shek Kip Mei's Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre to showcase photos, school models and videos taken during their trip to Cambodia in February.

Led by the architects, the group came up with five models for a kindergarten for children in Cambodia. The final design was chosen after consultation with the locals.

'The architects realised our ideas. With the help of volunteers from different backgrounds, and the locals, the design was much more user-friendly,' Lui said.

The organisers are planning another trip to build more kindergartens in Cambodia next June, as their project recently became a beneficiary of the Young Architect Project Fund.

'When we saw the kids playing happily with traditional musical instruments in the school we built, we felt it was worth all the hard work.'

Recruitment for volunteers will begin in October. For details, e-mail ideaproject2009@gmail.com.