Creating an environment of safety and hope.
Kompong Thom, Cambodia
"Why Not Now"
Zone 1 - Central Area
This is protected by a decorative concrete wall with a beautiful gate. The dorms in this area are strong Cambodian structures that look powerful, safe, and royal. The communal buildings in this area circle around the Community Kitchen as the focal point of this inner community. This area holds staff, youth & children, and an onsite grandma’s oversite to provide healing, restoration and safety.
Zone 2 - Outer Area
The Outer Area is for training and development. There is an onsite house, for parents to stay and learn agricultural skills and a vocational warehouse to teach skills like sewing, wood work and brass work.
Zone 4 - Oversight & Visitors Area
The Oversight and Visitors Area is where the Nietz family will live when staying on the property and also houses supporting partners of the project.
Zone 3 - Community Area
The Community Area is in the front of the property. This is open to the community for basketball, Futsal and other community events.
Each building is designed using the standard Cambodian building materials of brick and concrete. The distances between rooms does not exceed lengths that require special engineering. Each building is designed to reflect the beauty and value of those dwelling inside as well as provide practical spaces and a cost effective build.
The Dorm is a very important building as it can function as a multipurpose facility. If the project is done in phases, the Dorm can facilitate offices, staff, students and has shower rooms. The building itself is designed to be powerful. There is a concrete screen over the entrance and back wall to allow a breeze from the north/south as well as allowing shaded natural light. The dorm has specific areas designed for relaxation and built in bookcases to encourage reading.
Sprawling and Open, the community kitchen is designed to feel inviting, as it is at the center of community living. The first floor has spaces for food storage, meal prep and cook training while the covered roof provides areas for entertainment and fun. Powerful overhangs protect from the hot Cambodian sun and the openness allows breeze to pass through the building. The bath has hand washing stations set at different heights for children and youth of all ages and sizes.
Youth will live together here as they "transition" from the dorm and prepare for life off campus. The buildings are traditional Cambodian buildings. This stage will provide more responsibilities and more access to the developmental learning available on site.
This is a multi functional building for office administration and education. Music rooms, social work and counseling rooms reside inside. The exterior design is more elegant and sensitive in contrast to the powerful dorm design.
This is a "home away form home" for campus staff.
Ruth's (Grandma's) House
Ruth will function as the on site "Grandma". Designed to be quaint and special, her home is soft and welcoming with a large front porch and open kitchen and living area.
Home to the Nietz family and teams when they are on site. This building is outside the gated central area and has proper views to oversea the property. The first floor is for teams and contributing partners of the project. The second floor is the Neitz's personal home and has access to the third floor covered roof.