Sally Hetherington

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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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Charity, Developing countries, Development, Poverty, Sustainability

Is giving direct aid a good thing or a bad thing?

A few years ago I was at a hospital about 60km from Siem Reap, Cambodia. My friend, a nurse, was working as an advisor there to build the capacity of the nursing staff. She became frustrated as the staff weren’t taking care of their equipment. When she raised the issue with them, they shrugged and responded, “Who cares? We will just get more donated.” Giving direct aid is a sensitive topic. In some cases, it can be effective, such as cash transfer programs. However, there  ...

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Cambodia, Developing countries, Development, History, Khmer Rouge, Poverty, Thoughts

Surviving the Khmer Rouge – Rik’s Story

On April 17th, 1975, the Khmer Rouge took hold of Cambodia. They wanted to transform Cambodia into a rural, classless society. They were starting at ‘year zero’. Money, free markets, normal schooling, private property, foreign clothing styles, religious practices, and traditional Khmer culture was abolished. Public schools, pagodas, mosques, churches, universities, shops and government buildings were shut or turned into prisons, stables, reeducation camps and granaries. Over the  ...

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Developing countries, Development, Empowerment, Human and Hope Association, Poverty, Women

After years of trying, we have been successful

Last month a sewing graduation was held at Human and Hope Association. This wasn’t your run of the mill sewing graduation, however. It was the very first time that we had retained ALL the students from the beginning to the end of the 10-month program. Six students from start to finish. Not only this, it was the first time a male student had stayed for the entire program. Established in 2013, the sewing program at Human and Hope Association in Siem Reap, Cambodia, aimed to address the  ...

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