Stu­dents help fam­ily dreams come true

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

A house be­ing built in Els­don for a needy fam­ily could be pic­tured in a dic­tionary be­side the def­i­ni­tion for ‘‘win-win sit­u­a­tion’’.

Can­nons Creek’s Taing fam­ily are hav­ing a house built for them by Whi­tireia stu­dents in a Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity project.

Veasna Taing, 30, and Sithoeun Bit, 29, orig­i­nally from Cam­bo­dia, live in a crowded Bed­ford St house with 13 rel­a­tives. The fam­ily oc­cu­pies the base­ment and must go out­side to use the toi­let.

The Taings’ three-year-old son Ay­din was born with se­vere dis- abil­i­ties – he can­not walk or talk and is in­tel­lec­tu­ally dis­abled. At present the Taings must carry Ay­din up and down flights of stairs when­ever they leave the house.

Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity ap­proved the cou­ple’s ap­pli­ca­tion last year, and con­struc­tion should be fin­ished this Novem­ber. The new house will be wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble and has been de­signed with Ay­din in mind. ‘‘It’s very ex­cit­ing,’’ Mrs Bit says.

The house will im­prove Ay­din’s life, Mr Taing says. ‘‘Now we live in a small place and we have to carry Ay­din all the time. Ay­din will feel bet­ter when we’re in our own place.’’

About 150 Whi­tireia trades stu­dents are build­ing, plumb­ing and wiring the house at their cam­pus on Mo­huia Cres as part of their course work. It is the sec­ond house they’ve built for Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity, and gives them a chance to work on a real-life project at a time when the re­ces­sion lessens op­por­tu­ni­ties to visit build­ing sites, Whi­tireia chief ex­ec­u­tive Don Camp­bell says.

To top it off Whi­tireia has given Mr Taing a schol­ar­ship to study car­pen­try at its Els­don cam­pus, so he will find it easy to con­trib­ute the 500 hours re­quired of Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity part­ners.

As­cot Park is the final des­ti­na­tion for the house, where it will be in­de­pen­dently val­ued and the Taings will be­gin pay­ing off their dream home.

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