STUDENTS, staff and parents at Jindabyne Central School (JCS) have donated more than $1,100 to realise a teenager's dream to build a home for a Cambodian family living in poverty.
JCS held a mufti day last week to raise money for Year 10 student Oliver Shvetsoff's upcoming trip to Cambodia, where he will volunteer with the Tabitha Foundation to build 10 houses for some of the country's poorest families.
The 15-year-old will sacrifice his school holidays in April and head to Cambodia to work on the house-building project.
It costs $1,500 to build one house and JCS came close to raising enough money for the completion of one home, collecting $1,159 last Thursday.
"Many people offered significant donations that were well beyond the expected gold coin," a grateful Oliver said.
"I really appreciate everyone's support for this Cambodian house building mission.
"I am looking forward to going to Cambodia and helping to build homes that will make a difference to these people."
Another $341 in donations to the Tabitha Foundation would ensure the Jindabyne community would completely fund one house in Cambodia.
Oliver plans to keep the JCS community involved in his mission by taking photos and providing updates when he returns.
The Tabitha Foundation works with some of the poorest people in Cambodia and along with building houses and water wells, helps teach locals to manage money to support their families.
Almost 40 per cent of the Cambodian population earns less than $1 a day while 60 per cent earn less than $2 a day, making it one of the poorest countries in the world.
Tax deductible donations to Oliver's mission can be made at www.tabitha.org.au/cms/donatejoin and choosing Karen Langworthy's Team - April 2014.