Sally Hetherington

Cambodia, Ethical Shopping

Where to Shop Ethically in Siem Reap

When visiting Siem Reap, you won’t be short on places to buy souvenirs. The question is, where have those souvenirs been made? According to the Angkor Handicraft Association, around 80% of souvenirs sold in Siem Reap are imported from neighbouring countries. I, for one, prefer to buy local and support fair wages and working conditions. I know I am not the only one, so I have composed a list of where to shop ethically in Siem Reap so you can ensure you are not just taking home quality  ...

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Cambodia, Developing countries, Development, Empowerment, Human and Hope Association, Poverty Tourism, Thoughts, Voluntourism

Treating Children as ‘Team Building’ Activities

One day in February 2016, Human and Hope Association was approached by a tour company in Phnom Penh. They wanted to bring 15 tourists from India to Human and Hope Association to “teach, play with the kids and do something competitive” so that those tourists would have ‘team building’. If we  ...

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Cambodia, Developing countries, Development, Hope Handicrafts, Human and Hope Association, Social Enterprise, Thoughts

Celebrating Five Years of a Life-Changing Sewing Program

From my initial days at Human and Hope Association, I had always planned to get a sewing program up and running. I knew that English classes weren’t for everyone, and for those villagers who were over eighteen and hadn’t finished school, sewing was the perfect skill. The great thing about  ...

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Cambodia, Thoughts

Ghosts in Cambodia Part Two

There is a belief in Cambodia that when a person dies, they wander around the village as a spirit until the proper rituals have taken place. If the proper rituals are not performed, the deceased will not be able to move onto their next life. When a person dies, the family brings the body home  ...

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