Design + Build Workshop at Free The Bears, Cambodia.

Phnom Tamao bear sanctuary is one of the largest bear sanctuaries in Asia. Managed by Free the Bears Fund they care for Sun and Moon bears that have been rescued from poachers, bile duct farms and from people keeping the wild animals as pets. Building trust originally visited the sanctuary with the view to building a pilot house showcasing sustainable building to the large volumes of Cambodian nationals that come through the park every day. A hands-on participatory workshop was organised by Building Trust International which educated both Cambodians, local NGO workers and international volunteers on sustainable building techniques, working with natural materials and promoting the importance of quality in good design.

We were asked by FTB to design and build a sustainable kiosk to be used as a merchandise stand within the park to sell FTB goods which raise donations for FTB. In order to build the kiosk a group of 10 international participants took part in a 2 week long workshop learning about sustainable design, alongside members of the local community and NGO workers.


First task making lots of adobe bricks!!


BTi and FTB team review a scale model of the kiosk design with the future kiosk stall manager to check she is happy with the design.


Bricks are carefully checked by the QC team!


Bamboo which was previously fixed together at a local bamboo workshop on the outskirts of Phnom Penh is tied tightly together before being lifted into position.


Oscar checks to see how the adobe construction is coming along


After 2 hard weeks our amazing volunteer team complete the kiosk!



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