A Queenstown couple have become heroes in an impoverished Cambodian village after bankrolling and building a new school, which they hope to expand.
Architectural designer Mark Hillary and his wife Julie Carlaw-Hillary, a teacher, spent last year working on the project in Ou Ambel Village, near Siem Reap, which will be finished on February 28.
To date they have invested $40,000 of their own money into the project which started when Mr Hillary was asked by Sergio Antunes, a New Zealand friend based in Cambodia, to design a school for the children to replace a dilapidated two-room barn with no toilets or water.
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