Mattias trip to Cambodia

Mattias trip to Cambodia


My name is Mattias Karlsson an I’m a 36 year old IT consultant working at CIBER in Stockholm Sweden. I'm taking 2 weeks off to work as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, building houses in Siem Reap Cambodia alongside people who need a decent, affordable place to live.

This blog will serve these purposes: 1) To keep my friends, family and colleagues informed as to the progress 2) To serve as a conduit for fundraising for all those who wish to help me change someones life.

Read on to learn more about my trip, Habitat's work and how you can help. Subscribe to my email list to recieve progress reports.

Thanks for your support. /Mattias

Report from day 2

WorkingPosted by Mattias Karlsson Oct 28, 2008 17:11
This where a really good day. We accomplished a lot and now our small team of six has put up two complete 6 meter high walls. Its a high climb with no real safety...
The house is for Houb Hat, father of five children between 16 and 27 years old. The family has a total income of 115 USD per month. The Cambodian people is really nice and like in any other Asian country you really don't need to worry about robbery or things like that. One thing that I needed to do was to go down to the pharamcy to by malaria pills. Back home they told me that I did need them but once here the recomendation where to take them! It really feels strange to go down town locally to by white and blue pills...


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Posted by Jonas Montonen Oct 30, 2008 14:52

Keep up the good work!!

// Jonas

Posted by Anna Bergman Oct 30, 2008 14:19

Hej! Vilka fina bilder! Och vad bra att bygget går framåt! Ser fram emot att läsa och höra mer. Var försiktig när du klättrar. Du får göra som Melker och hålla dig i spiskroken. Kram :-) Anna

Posted by Mike Keith Oct 29, 2008 19:07

Looking good! The kids look excited :-) Keep up the great work!

(I'm sure your malaria pills will work better than the chloroquine phosphate that I took once... and got malaria anyway!)

Posted by Mor Oct 28, 2008 20:05

Oooppps! Hoppas inte malariamyggorna hunnit smaka på dej och att du fått rätt profylax. I den takt ni jobbar kommer många ha fått tak över huvudet när ert uppdrag är slut. Hoppas fortsättningen är lika lyckosam. Kram Mor

Posted by Agneta Låås Oct 28, 2008 18:32

Jättekul att följa ditt jobb på plats. Lycka till resten av tiden!