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Empowerment, Thoughts

Empowerment, what is it really?

Empowerment. Some say it’s a buzz word, but I (and so many others I know) have been using it for almost a decade, so perhaps it’s here to stay.  I have a weird relationship with the word. I used to say ‘I empower people. I empower staff. I empower communities’. And people loved it. It egged me on. It made me feel good. Until one day, someone who was much wiser than myself said to me ‘Sally, you don’t empower people. You create an empowering environment.’ And that stuck with me. It changed  ...

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Cambodia, Empowerment, Human and Hope Association, Women

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?” “Because I went away for two days with the staff. The villagers mocked him as he had to look after the children instead of his wife.” “Don’t ever let what he says make you feel bad. Just remember how far you have come in your life, and be proud of yourself!”  ...

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Charity, Developing countries, Development, Empowerment, Human and Hope Association, Poverty, Rotaract, Social problems, Thoughts, Voluntourism

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 the cycle of poverty.  The time has come. Today I am leaving Human and Hope Association, an organisation I have been developing since October 2012, to be entirely Khmer operated. Many people have asked me about my story and I have always given them a short answer as I find it difficult to  ...

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