Sally Hetherington

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Cambodia

Cambodia, Developing countries, Human and Hope Association, Preschool

It’s that time of the year again.

If you had the chance to change a child’s life forever, would you? Six-year-old *Kosal had behaviour difficulties. He often hit his family members, throwing violent tantrums and not listening to anyone. His family was desperate and needed to do something when they found Human and Hope Association’s preschool program. When he was accepted into the preschool program at Human and Hope Association, something remarkable happened; Kosal began to change. It wasn’t easy. But with the  ...

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Cambodia, Ethical Shopping, Featured

Where to Shop Ethically in Siem Reap

When visiting Siem Reap, you won’t be short on places to buy souvenirs. The question is, where have those souvenirs been made? According to the Angkor Handicraft Association, around 80% of souvenirs sold in Siem Reap are imported from neighbouring countries. I, for one, prefer to buy local and support fair wages and working conditions. I know I am not the only one, so I have composed a list of where to shop ethically in Siem Reap so you can ensure you are not just taking home quality  ...

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Cambodia, Human and Hope Association

Live in Sydney and want to see Ocean’s 8? This is the way to do it.

Human and Hope Association are excited to be screening a private session of the newly released Ocean’s 8 film. Help us raise much-needed funds to transform the lives of Cambodians and empower them to create sustainable futures for themselves. For this event, we are aiming to raise enough funds to put at least one lady through the Human and Hope Association sewing program, and help them to break the cycle of poverty for good. Date: Wed. 27 June 2018 Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm AEST  ...

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Australia, Cambodia, Developing countries, Human and Hope Association, Poverty, Responsible Tourism

The Problem with False Promises

There used to be a Khmer volunteer who taught at Human and Hope Association in addition to his full-time work teaching at a nearby NGO. The NGO he taught at was funded primarily by Australians who frequently visited the organisation. He formed a close relationship with a lady he called ‘Mum’. One day in early 2013, this volunteer came into our office and proudly told me that his ‘Mum’ was going to pay for him to move to Australia to study. I was sceptical. I knew how difficult it was to get  ...

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