Sally Hetherington

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Cambodia, Thoughts, Women

Let’s Talk about Sex (in Cambodia)

I once asked my former workmate how he managed to have sex with his wife when they only had one bed which his young son also slept on. “When my son falls asleep at night, I carefully push him to the end of the bed, then I have sex with my wife,” he answered, making me wish I had never asked the question. I also asked this friend if he slept with prostitutes. He darted his eyes from side to side, bowed his head, and answered yes. I asked him why. He told me it was out of respect for his  ...

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Cambodia, Human and Hope Association

Reflections on an Incident with Monks

I was sitting in the office at Human and Hope Association in early 2014 when I heard crying outside. We were located at a pagoda at that time, so the crying could have been coming from anywhere. Walking outside to investigate, I looked around the balcony, in the library and both downstairs classrooms. Nope, no crying child to be seen. I then walked upstairs and heard the crying get louder. Walking towards the sewing room, I saw one of our students standing outside the classroom, looking  ...

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Cambodia, Human and Hope Association

One Year On

One year ago today, I left Cambodia after living there for five years, three months and five days. Human and Hope Association has continued to thrive since my departure. After I left, I was able to concentrate on fundraising, and we were able to raise the staff’s wages significantly. This has resulted in a much better quality of living for them all, with some even pursuing master’s degrees at their own cost.  The team remains focused on the outcomes of their projects and have reached some  ...

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Cambodia, Charity, Child Protection, Developing countries, Development, Empowerment, Featured, Orphanages, Poverty, Poverty Tourism, Responsible Tourism, Social problems, South East Asia, Thoughts, Travel, Voluntourism

Read This Before Paying to Volunteer Overseas

Recently, Projects Abroad announced that by the end of 2017, they will no longer send volunteers to help directly in orphanages, instead focus on supporting community-based care for children. Although this is great progress for a company that generates great profits through the vulnerable, this isn’t enough. Organisations such as Projects Abroad and IVHQ offer a wide range of experience for voluntourists, such as social work, animal care, building and agriculture, in addition to the  ...

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