Sally Hetherington

Human and Hope Association

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 Advanced Sewing Program this month, and one will work full time for us. That is a pretty amazing outcome! Well done to our sewing teachers who always encourage and motivate our students. Thanks to Teacher Thai for the photos!  

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Life

That Time I Saw a Kitten Die

My friend was telling me recently that she heard the sound of a dog dying for many hours one evening. It reminded me of a time a few months ago when a kitten at my Pagoda died. I don’t know what has compelled me to write about this, maybe to sort of point out what the culture here is  ...

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Charity, Thoughts

Tis’ the Season?

A Facebook invitation (which I will not link to, as I do not wish to name and shame), was recently brought to my attention. It stated: “In collaboration with ********* and ******** in Cambodia, we bring you the opportunity to send handwritten messages to kids who may otherwise not know the  ...

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Rotaract

My advice for Rotaract Clubs

  This is a blog I have been meaning to write for over a year, however I have been procrastinating, as it is such an important topic I wish to get right. Basically, as the title says, I want to give advice to Rotaract clubs who conduct international service projects. I am by no means an expert  ...

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Human and Hope Association

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. The students friend said to me in clear English, “Excuse me, can you help me?”. I was taken aback, as most of the youth around here don’t have  ...

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Life

Letter to Senator the Hon Bob Carr

 August 2nd, 2012   Sally Hetherington Wat Polanka Siem Reap CAMBODIA   Dear Senator Carr, I am writing to you to express my disappointment in the Australian Ambassador for Youth Development (AYAD) recruitment process. For the past ten months, I have been working in Siem Reap,  ...

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Life

A Tribute to my Grandmother

My Grandmother passed away this afternoon. I received the news via a Facebook message from my Dad. I then heard it again through a What’s App message through my cousin. I heard it a third time from my Uncle through an email. I thought about how my Grandma probably didn’t even know  ...

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Life

Family

My Grandmother is at deaths door, and I am struggling being away from my family. She has lived almost 84 years, escaped Burma during WWII, married and had children in India, overcome several miscarriages, immigrated with my family to Australia, divorced my Grandfather, lived alone for many  ...

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