Friday, December 4, 2009
A gingerbread house constructed for a good cause
The senior youth group from the First Religious Society submitted a gingerbread house to the International Gingerbread Village Display, a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell. The guidelines suggested that the submission be representative of a country where Habitat works. The FRS group chose Cambodia because of the church’s connection to that country through The Sharing Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports orphanages, as well as educational and job training opportunities, for needy and disadvantaged children there.
A number of church members have been to Cambodia and provided photos and descriptions of typical Cambodian houses. The students learned that 75% of Cambodia is less than 100 meters above sea level and that monsoons bring heavy rains from May to October, often causing flooding. Consequently, many homes are built on stilts, posing a challenge to the gingerbread home design. Other design considerations involved representing a thatched or corrugated tin roof, local plants, a barn, typical farm animals and a large water cistern.
Gingerbread houses on display in Chelmsford December 5 and 6
The International Gingerbread Village Display is at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 10 Billerica Road, Chelmsford. The display is open to the public Saturday, December 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, December 6, noon to 6 p.m. Admission to view the display is $5 per family; raffle tickets and refreshments will be sold, with all proceeds to benefit the local Habitat for Humanity chapter.
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