Sally Hetherington

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Human and Hope Association

Cambodia, Charity, Developing countries, Human and Hope Association

Not Everyone Can Be Helped

As a general rule, you shouldn’t become attached to the people you are trying to help. Sometimes, it is difficult not to. You tend to take a vested interest in someone because you see the situation they are living in, and know they deserve better. This is how I felt about three siblings, who I will call A, B and C. These siblings lived near Human and Hope Association and we would see them collecting trash on a daily basis. Aged between four and thirteen, the two brothers and sisters were  ...

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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 sewing was that it was a skill that both men and women in Cambodia worked in. When driving through town, you would often see tailor shops with males sewing front and centre. There were no gender  ...

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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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