Sally Hetherington

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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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Cambodia, Charity, Child Protection, Developing countries, Development, Empowerment, Featured, Poverty, Poverty Tourism, Responsible Tourism

“We can’t wait to go back to take toys for the children.”

“Thank you for your work! We were in Cambodia and can’t wait to go back to take toys for the children,” the Instagram comment read.  At first glance, this may seem like a sweet comment and gesture. However for me, my heart started racing, alarm bells went off in my head, and I immediately texted a friend to complain about this group of people who are finding impoverished children in developing countries and giving them toys, “no strings attached.” According to  ...

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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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