Sally Hetherington

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Cambodia

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, Human and Hope Association

Live in Sydney and want to see Ocean’s 8? This is the way to do it.

Human and Hope Association are excited to be screening a private session of the newly released Ocean’s 8 film. Help us raise much-needed funds to transform the lives of Cambodians and empower them to create sustainable futures for themselves. For this event, we are aiming to raise enough funds to put at least one lady through the Human and Hope Association sewing program, and help them to break the cycle of poverty for good. Date: Wed. 27 June 2018 Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm AEST  ...

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Australia, Cambodia, Developing countries, Human and Hope Association, Poverty, Responsible Tourism

The Problem with False Promises

There used to be a Khmer volunteer who taught at Human and Hope Association in addition to his full-time work teaching at a nearby NGO. The NGO he taught at was funded primarily by Australians who frequently visited the organisation. He formed a close relationship with a lady he called ‘Mum’. One day in early 2013, this volunteer came into our office and proudly told me that his ‘Mum’ was going to pay for him to move to Australia to study. I was sceptical. I knew how difficult it was to get  ...

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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 allowed them to do that, they would give us a donation in return. I was absolutely mortified. I had known that this was common practice with some tour companies, however, we had never been approached to  ...

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