Our partnership with Touchstone
Touchstone have partnered with us since 2016, funding the construction of 24 homes in Malawi for orphans and vulnerable children over a three-year period. This year they began the funding of a new three-year project, which will see 17 new homes built and 15 upgraded in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Each year their staff travel overseas to help build a home, meet the families, and see first-hand the impact their contribution is making.
Helping to build communities
Over the past three years Touchstone have sent a team of employees to Salima in Malawi to help to build homes for those living poverty. In addition to the building, they have fully funded construction of 24 homes for the OVC housing project.
In November 2019, employees travelled to Siem Reap, Cambodia to build a home for a family as part of the New Start, New Life project.
In both Countries, Each team worked side by side with members of the community to construct the new homes.
Touchstone have also funded a feasibility study for the Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground.
The Malawi project saw the improvement of housing conditions for 96 orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) through the construction of 24 homes and 24 improved latrines in the Salima District of Malawi.
As the need for OVC housing is enormous the project also has the potential to be scaled up. As a result of this intervention, the children will attain better health status and better home learning conditions – transforming their lives.
By providing funds for the New Start, New Life Project in Siem Reap Cambodia, this will see 17 new homes built and 15 upgraded/renovated.
Through this project,disaster resilient houses will be constructed, existing properties will be upgrade/renovated, secure tenure provided and improved access to water and sanitation facilities such as latrines, for 41 of the most vulnerable families.
Not only have the team members physically challenged themselves by laying bricks, mixing mortar, and installing window and door frames whilst overseas.
They have participated in a volunteering day at the Charlie Chaplin Playground in London, taken part in bag packing, completed a steps challenge and boosted their fitness with challenge called ‘Pounds for Pounds’. These activities have helped to raise extra funds to support our work.
Seeing the smile on the families faces at the end made all the hard work worth it and how the whole community came together to help out in any way they could just kept pushing you to try harder. To me I still haven’t really come back to my reality yet and speaking to people who have gone before it doesn’t sound like you ever do and that’s fine by me as that trip, community and the people I shared this experience with will always be a part of me. I think we all had the same feeling when we got back of ‘Just get me on that plane and send me back again’ and that feeling will stay with me forever. Greg, Touchstone.