About Human & Hope

An entirely Khmer run organisation, Human and Hope Association aims to alleviate poverty through grassroots, empowering projects focused on education, vocational training and community development. 

Human and Hope Association came about in March 2011 when a group of villagers saw an absence of education in their commune. This group of locals decided to teach English to community members at a small fee of 50 cents per student each month in order to cover their costs. Over the next 18 months, the volunteer team recruited students through word of mouth, posting announcements at the local Primary School and gaining the support of the Monks who preached to the community.

In October 2012, an Australian living in Siem Reap was introduced to the team through her best friend who volunteered there, and seeing how motivated the Khmer volunteers were, started working as Operations Manager with the goal to initiate new projects, support the team with new skills and ensure a sustainable future for the organisation.Two years later, the team built their own school and moved 4km further into a more rural commune. They now focus on education, vocational training and community support and are committed to achieving great outcomes and not just focusing on output.

Human and Hope Association is a unique NGO as not only do they not accept foreign volunteers, but in July 2016 they became entirely locally operated.

Their land rental contract is until 2029, when we will then disband. This is because they know that if they are truly being effective in their approach to development, their community will no longer require their projects by that time. They are essentially working themselves out of a job, and are proud of it.

To provide education to a Cambodian child for just $10 a month, please click here. 

Providing education to the children of Cambodia

When we recruited students for a second daily preschool class at Human and Hope Association in October 2013, *Srey (not her real name for child protection purposes, so I am ...
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Is your husband being nice to you?

"Is your husband being nice to you?" "Yes, better than before. But he is jealous of me nowadays." "Why is he jealous? Because you are earning more money than him?" ...
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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 ...
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Is it cultural?

Something I struggled with during my time in Cambodia was identifying whether to accept a situation as cultural, or challenging it. Although I wanted to ensure I was acting in a ...
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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 ...
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The Woman Who Gives Me Hope

SOPHY’S STORY IS ONE that breaks my heart. It is also the one that gives me the most hope. I first met Sophy in early 2015. We had hired a ...
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One year ago I was made redundant

It has been exactly one year since I left Human and Hope Association to be entirely Khmer operated.  I will never forget my last day. I was terrified to go to ...
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Does Your Charity Need That Extra ‘Oomph’?

I get it. Funding a charity is a big effort, and a lot of charities, particularly grassroots NGO's, don't have the means to hire a staff member for content creation ...
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Ensuring a more comfortable learning environment for Cambodian kids

An entirely Khmer run organisation, Human and Hope Association aims to alleviate poverty through grassroots, empowering projects focused on education, vocational training and community development in rural Siem Reap, Cambodia.  ...
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Sreylin, our Unsung Hero

Last weekend I had the honour of presenting Human and Hope Association's governing board, Sreylin Chum, with the World Relief Australia‘s 2016 Unsung Hero award. Sreylin is a remarkable individual. One ...
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Ceilings for Cambodia

This is the sixth birthday I have spent in Cambodia, and it will be my last. In July 2016 I successfully left my role at Human and Hope Association, enabling ...
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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 ...
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Empower Cambodians this #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is upon us once again. It is time to kick off the charitable season, forget about the hundreds of dollars you spent on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, ...
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Shopping ethically this Christmas

Christmas is almost upon us. Every year, people around the world spend billions of dollars on gifts, many of which are not made ethically. This year, instead of frantically purchasing ...
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Changing lives through preschool education in Cambodia

Last month, ten students graduated from the preschool class at Human and Hope Association. When I first met these students in October last year, none of them had ever brushed their ...
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Meet Chanty

I am so passionate about the sewing program at Human and Hope Association. It really is a great way for villagers to be equipped with the skills, confidence and knowledge ...
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Why the exhaustion is worth it

To be honest, I am utterly exhausted. I have been living in Cambodia for four years and 11 months, and have spent that whole time working to empower Cambodians to ...
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Hope Handicrafts

I am SUPER excited with the progress we are making with Hope Handicrafts. As those of you who know me and read my blog would be aware, I set up the sewing ...
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My favourite photos from Human and Hope Association

It has now been six weeks since I stopped working at Human and Hope Association, and I am missing it! I think of the things I (surprisingly) miss the most ...
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Elephants for Education

For every elephant you purchase you provide education to a Cambodian child. Help us break the cycle of poverty with knowledge. I am SUPER excited about this new crowdfunding campaign ...
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What I wanted to tell my team, but couldn’t

So it finally happened. I have finished working at Human and Hope Association. I was terrified to go to work on Wednesday; I knew that the slightest thing would set ...
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After almost four years, it is time.

Human and Hope is a grassroots organisation in Siem Reap. Through education, vocational training and community support, we aim to empower Cambodians to create sustainable futures for themselves and break ...
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A visit to the temples with Team HHA

Our team took our six-monthly trip a couple of weeks ago. I almost didn't make it; despite usually waking up by 5am each day, I just couldn't get out of ...
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Leaving HHA

In just four short months, after almost four years working here, I will be leaving Human and Hope Association to be entirely Khmer operated. It has been an incredibly challenging ...
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Attitudes towards developing countries must change

This week the organisation I work for, Human and Hope Association (HHA), was approached by a tour company in Cambodia. They wanted to bring 15 tourists from India to our ...
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What’s the most challenging issue about working with the marginalised?

When people ask me about the challenges of working with the marginalised, the biggest issue I harp on about is their families. Getting an uneducated family to see the value ...
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What a way to end the year

On the last day of 2015 we had a graduation ceremony for three advanced students and three expert students. Our expert class had actually studied with us for 14 months ...
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Preschool Graduation 2015

Preschool graduations always make me so happy. Last week we held our third graduation since starting the program, and seven children graduated. We invited their parents, however a couple of ...
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HHA Market Stall

Occasionally I have brilliant ideas. They usually come to be on the long drive from home to HHA. In that time I manage to avert many accidents whilst also thinking ...
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Watch what happens when Team HHA tries Vegemite for the first time

https://youtu.be/VSF3CecepDg Team HHA are happy little vegemites, as bright as bright can be because of all the help and support they have received from Australia. With your help they have ...
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Environment

Once again I have fallen behind with updating my blog. I have been so busy each day catching up with the work I missed out on whilst sick, and have ...
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Today

Yesterday was my first full day back at work. It left me feeling really weak (and with a bad backache), so I am staying home today. I am pretty happy ...
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Still on the road to recovery

As the title suggests, I am not yet recovered from dengue fever. Apparently I will be feeling like sh!t for the next few weeks, which isn't the news I wanted ...
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Sew Many Opportunities!

Did you know that between 1975 and 1979 around 2,000,000 people in Cambodia (a quarter of the population) perished during the Khmer Rouge regime through execution, torture, starvation, overwork and ...
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Three more women starting their journey to move out of poverty!

This week we provided three more microfinance loans to our sewing students. Although we have always had a 100% repayment rate, some ladies make their monthly payments by borrowing money ...
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Dental Clinic

Dental hygiene isn't a priority in Cambodia, particularly with the marginalised who don't know about prevention (or simply can't afford it), and definitely can't afford treatment. Last weekend we held ...
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Staff Trip to Banteay Samre and Trauv Kut

On the 4th of July our team took a staff trip to Banteay Samre and Trauv Kut. Given I get car sick and the journey wasn't too far, I followed ...
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Preventing diseases through hygiene training

Last Sunday we held hygiene training for our students at Human and Hope Association. Almost half of our students came to the training to learn about the benefits of hand ...
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There are 3,000+ NGO’s in Cambodia. This is why you should choose us.

There are at least 3,000 NGO’s in Cambodia, though this amount is likely to be much higher. These organisations, tackling issues such as illiteracy, human trafficking and the environment, are ...
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Saying “no” to Voluntourism

There is no denying it; voluntourism is here to stay. However, at Human and Hope Association, we do not permit foreign volunteers. In the past some people have become irritated ...
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This brought tears to my eyes

From our Australian board member, Roxane, after conducting a monitoring visit to Human and Hope Association yesterday: "Thank you Sally. It's hard to imagine what real poverty looks like or ...
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Eco-Soap Bank

Human and Hope Association have a great new partner called Eco-Soap Bank. When I first browsed the website, I thought that they collected used soaps from hotels and gave them to ...
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Frustrations of dealing with the community

I don't often visit the community, I leave that to our local, qualified staff. However, a couple of weeks ago I had to pay one of our seamstresses her salary and ...
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Do you give to children when you travel?

Last week a friend contacted me about her friends photography group who were visiting Siem Reap and had brought pencils and little items to give children they came across whilst they ...
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Congratulations! Another sewing graduation!

On the weekend five students graduated from our beginner sewing class, and four students graduated from our expert sewing class. We are so proud of their achievements, it takes a ...
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Disney Princesses

My friend commented that our expert sewing students look like Disney princesses in their ceremony dresses. I agree! ...
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Five more lives changed!

What a great way to end an even better year. This week we distributed five sewing machines to our beginner sewing students who have borrowed money through our microfinance programs ...
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Building Update

It has been six weeks since we moved into our new building, and a lot has been happening! We were able to install wooden blinds in our classrooms thanks to ...
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Staff Trip – Preah Vihear

The ride to Preah Vihear from Koh Ker was long. I can't even tell you how long it took, I lost track of time. We stopped for lunch in town, ...
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Staff Trip – Koh Ker

After leaving Boeng Mealea, we drove for about 1 hour 45 mins to get to Koh Ker. Chhalin had organised games to play in the car, so it was a ...
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Staff Trip – Boeng Mealea

This week our team took a trip to Boeng Mealea, Koh Ker and Preah Vihear. Even after culling my photos, I was left with more than 300, so I thought ...
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The big day finally came

After months of fundraising, planning, building and organising, we finally moved into our permanent location for Human and Hope Association. My speech is below. *************************************************************************************************************************** Sai yon suasidy. Ne an ...
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Launching our home sewing business

Reblog from Human and Hope Association Earlier this year we undertook a two-month trial of our home sewing business program, with the purpose being to provide outstanding sewing students with ...
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A Story of Compassion

It's a shame that I don't post on my blog frequently, as I miss opportunities to talk about how kind, compassionate and thoughtful my workmates are. So, given I have ...
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Another Sewing Graduation

On the weekend we held a graduation ceremony for the students of our sewing program. Out of the six students who graduated, five will go on to study in our ...
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NOT Tourist Attractions

Yesterday three staff members and myself partook in a photography workshop, so we could learn the basic rules of photography and know how to make basic flyers when the guys ...
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I Have a Dream

Last week I was walking to the office when I stopped to say hello to a student. She was sitting with a friend, and they were talking to Teacher Samen ...
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