Does Tabitha Foundation Canada (TFC), arrange House Building trips?
1. All house-building groups actually make all arrangements directly with Janne Ritskes, Director of Tabitha Cambodia.
2. For liability reasons, TFC does not arrange or sponsor house-building trips.
3. TFC can provide general advice and process donations for your team.
What is a typical Tabitha Cambodia house building trip schedule?
Tabitha Cambodia has developed a very successful “formula” for house building trips:
• Half-day taken up at Tabitha Cambodia with an “orientation” briefing.
• Half-day taken up by visits to Tuol Sleng Prison and The Killing Fields.
• Travel day (if building away from Phnom Penh)
Days 3 & 4:
• Building houses
• Travel back to Phnom Penh.
Further travel in Cambodia and Asia is at the discretion of your team.
Does the team need experience building?
Tabitha building teams do not actually “build” houses, they actually “complete” the houses by nailing on the walls and floors. Prior to the team’s arrival, a Cambodian builder under contract to Tabitha (the “Contractor”) actually completes the foundations, frame and roof. Your team needs a mix of builders, some of whom are practical and can hit a nail. The Contractor (and the families) will guide and correct you!
What arrangements will Tabitha Cambodia make for you?
Tabitha Cambodia can arrange:
• Buses to site
• Water at the site.
Hotels and further travel arrangements in Cambodia or Asia are up to each team to coordinate independent of Tabitha.
How many people can be in a team and houses can my team build?
Teams build between 4 and 30 houses depending on:
• Size of the team
• The amount of fundraising the team can do
• The length of the trip
The number of houses that a team can build also depends on the materials used for the walls. In many provinces thin corrugated iron sheets are used for walls. These are easier and quicker to nail on than wooden planking, mainly now used
in Kompong Som province.
• Team of 10: 4-6 houses
• Team of 15: 8-12 houses
• Team of 20: 10-14 houses
As travel to Cambodia is relatively expensive and as teams have been anticipating the trip for months, it is important to ensure that the team members feel as though they have worked hard each day. It is disappointing to the team to finish building too early in the day.
Moral: make sure that you are building enough houses to keep the team busy.
How much do the houses cost?
• Each house costs US$1650. Due to fluctuating exchange rates we are pricing houses now in US Dollars.
This money MUST be received by Tabitha Foundation Canada 8 weeks before the trip.
It is sent to Tabitha Cambodia for the purchase of materials and to pay for the construction of foundations, frame and roof. Once sent to Cambodia, this money is non-refundable.
What are the additional costs?
• Airfares to and from Cambodia
• Accommodation and meals in Cambodia
• Transportation to and from the worksite.
Are contributions tax deductible in Canada?
Contributions for houses and Community Development are tax deductible in Canada. Just send the money via Tabitha Foundation Canada either by cheque or online donation. We will:
• Forward the money to Tabitha Cambodia
• Issue tax receipts.
All members of all teams should see a doctor prior to travel. All teams should have a first aid kit and if possible, a person trained in first aid, a nurse, or a doctor. International SOS runs an international standard medical clinic in
All team members must have travel medical insurance.
1) Janne Ritskes:
Contact Janne at Tabitha Cambodia and arrange a building date and program. Janne will need to know:
• Date of arrival
• Team size and composition (adults / children / males / females)
• Number of houses to be built
Tabitha Cambodia has over 65 international building trips per year and so:
• Plan at least 6-12 months ahead
• Try to be flexible with dates if your preferred date is already taken
2) Tabitha Foundation Canada
Inform Tabitha Foundation Canada of:
• The details of your trip and register all participants
• When you expect to send the money to Tabitha Foundation Canada
– Set up an online Fundraising Page through Canada Helps for your team at www.canadahelps.org
Donations can be made by cheque and mailed to Tabitha Foundation Canada, or online through the Canada Helps link on our website.
Online donations through Canada Helps will automatically receive an electronic receipt for the full amount of the donation. Canada Helps deducts a 3.5% service charge.
For more information or if you have questions, please contact us.