Job Training Project




Adventure in
Kampong Cham
1 September 2009



Traveling through the provinces of Cambodia, it is interesting to see the variety of the houses. There is basically only one traditional style of wooden house for the ordinary people but it can have several flourishes or additions that make it a little different from the neighbors and perhaps indicate the relative amount of money that a family can afford to put into the structure.

This is the most basic wooden house with a rather rough yard, but the house itself has a tile roof and a double-peaked style which indicates the family had a little money--not much--to invest when they built their homestead. A simple wooden house in Kampong Cham Province
This is another really basic house but its owners could afford their own well and pump (right) and the more substantial staircase has a sturdy railing on both sides. Simple house in Kampong Cham Province
This house is basic but has been expanded from probably an original two-peak roof to one with three peaks.  The house also has a door with hinges and the yard has also been landscaped and a protective barrier built around some young trees to protect them from the grazing cows. Simple house in Kampong Cham Province
This house has had its siding boards trimmed to an even edge on the bottom and an awning has been added over the doorway in addition to a substantial stairway.  The yard has also been fenced and cleared of brush. Simple wooden house in Kampong Cham Province
This is a really small "starter" house with no real windows or doors, but it does have a small overhang on the side to create a shed to protect the cattle which are an important part of most of these households. Wooden house in Kampong Cham Province
This house has a more substantial look in addition to being a bit larger than most in the neighborhood with its thatched addition added to the wooden section.   It also has a large overhang in the front to shelter people and animals in the rainy season .  Cambodian people do not spend much time inside their houses but live underneath where they sit and chat and cook and care for the children and animals. House in Kampong Cham Province
This house is a real hybrid. Its original construction is more stylish with finished wood siding and an open upstairs porch with railing, but then a really modern additional room, in concrete and tile, has been added to the front along with an articulated staircase. House with modern addition
In this view, this house almost has an English Tudor look to it.  It seems to indicate some money but notice the walls are made of thatch rather than the more common rough wooden planks. Wooden house in Kampong Cham Province
This house is rather substantial and has been landscaped. Note the pointed-stake fence, the flowers, the coconut trees and flowers, and the large spirit house in the yard.  The house has also been painted which is not too common. Two girls at house in province
This house is defying all the normal conventions. It is two stories, not built up on stilts, and it has large doorways open to the outside. It would almost suggest a use for something other than a residence but its location in an isolated area and set back from the road make that less likely. More modern style house
Most of the families in this area has a cow or two but this family has provided a larger area for the livestock next to the house. Houses with cows
This house shows some upward mobility on the part of its owners with its painted wooden siding, the beginnings of a sidewalk in addition to the concrete footer for the stairs, and especially with the concrete outdoor toilet.  None of these houses would have indoor plumbing.  Most would have a little basic outhouse somewhere in the trees around the building. House with toilet
This is another of the really basic houses, without real doors and windows and with thatching in the peaks instead of wood or a more substantial building material. Wooden house in Kampong Cham Province

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