Sally Hetherington

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Developing countries

Cambodia, Developing countries, Human and Hope Association, Voluntourism

The importance of championing for local communities

“Cambodians should help themselves and their own people whenever they can. By running their own NGO’s, they can demonstrate the ability to successfully operate organisations on their own. They then become good role models to other organisations that depend on foreigners and give Cambodians confidence in themselves. When Cambodians run their own NGO’s, they eliminate the assumption of some Cambodians and foreigners who say that some jobs can only be undertaken by foreign nationals. It is  ...

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Cambodia, Child Protection, Developing countries

We have come to play games with the children

My journey to empowerment and sustainability started as me being a voluntourist. I honestly thought that I was helping. Looking back though, I realise that I didn’t bring any benefit to the organisation. What those children from vulnerable backgrounds needed was consistency in their lives. My one month of sub-standard, often hungover teaching didn’t give them that. And you know what? There are some people who go to organisations and do the same thing I did for as little as one hour. They  ...

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Australia, Charity, Crowdfunding, Developing countries, Development, Human and Hope Association, Poverty, Sustainability, Thoughts

Running a crowdfunding campaign for your charity? Read this first.

It isn’t easy for charities to stand out from the crowd nowadays. It takes a lot of planning, networking and commitment to run a successful crowdfunding campaign.  These 10 tips on how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign have been put together from my personal experience of running several crowdfunding campaigns for Human and Hope Association, a Cambodian charity. With each crowdfunding campaign, I developed my knowledge, worked out what didn’t ‘speak’ to  ...

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Cambodia, Developing countries, History, Thoughts

Cambodian Beliefs about Death

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 and washes, dresses and places it into a coffin. Dissection or removal of the organs is a big no no, as this would affect the rebirth of the deceased person. From the very first day of the person  ...

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