Sally Hetherington

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 the confidence to speak English to a stranger. “Sure,” I responded. “How can I help you?”. The girl replied, “I want to study English with my friend”. For a few minutes we spoke, and we agreed for her  ...

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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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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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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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The Persecution of Falun Gong

After being awoken to the genocide crisis in China last week after watching Forging The Dream, I stumbled across a documentary called Transmission 6-10. This is a comprehensive documentation of the persecution of Falun Gong (a pacifist religious group), by the Chinese Communist Party. The Falun  ...

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Forging The Dream

Last week I met a Rotaractor from England who has just produced a mini series documentary about his brother’s exploration as an athlete to find the person within. He kept encouraging me to watch the videos, however I had been putting it off due to my slow and expensive internet  ...

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Cambodia

Things I Have Learnt In Cambodia

Even if you live here, you will never be treated like a local. It will always be ‘Barang price for you’.   Always have your laptop charging. When the electricity cuts out, you will want a fully charged laptop as you never know when that b!tch is coming back on.   Geckos  ...

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My New Life

On Wednesday of this week, I touched down in Siem Reap, Cambodia, A.K.A the Land of the Rising Flood Waters. When I stepped onto the tarmac (no, they don’t have those lovely enclosed bridges which take you from the plane to the airport), my first impression was that Siem Reap had developed  ...

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