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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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We have come to play games with the children

My journey to empowerment and sustainability started as me being a voluntourist. I honestly thought that I was helping. Looking back though, I realise that I didn’t bring any benefit ...
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This is why you shouldn’t browse social media at night

Does anyone else browse social media when they can't sleep? I do, and I always tend to regret it. The other night, unable to sleep despite knowing I would have ...
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Cambodia’s Fake Orphanages

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AxZBFNfRys&feature=youtu.be Although you may think you are 'giving back' by volunteering or visiting an orphanage, you are actually contributing to the rise in Cambodia's fake orphanages. During my five years ...
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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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A day in Siem Reap on the cheap

My friend Julian recently visited Siem Reap as part of a tour package. Given he had already been to the temples, I wanted to provide him with a memorable experience, ...
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So you want to volunteer to teach in a developing country

It is great that you have the urge to help, but before you jump online and book your flights, stop and ask yourself the following questions. Am I qualified? Firstly, ...
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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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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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Boundaries in fundraising

There has been some debate recently over an NGO in Cambodia who used photos of children in their end of financial year campaign. The goal was to raise funds to ...
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Ecopads Australia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f_q3cwCkok 1 in 5 girls leave school in India, due to menstruation and lack of awareness around it. As those of you who know me are aware, I have no ...
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Angkor Code of Conduct

https://youtu.be/t0QahXC-PGY Boy, was I SUPER excited when I saw a copy of the 'Angkor Code of Conduct' in my seat on a Cambodia Angkor Air flight. Finally, a way to ...
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Fashion Revolution

This week is Fashion Revolution week, remembering the 1,134 people who were killed and more than 2,500 injured when the Rana Plaza complex collapsed in Bangladesh. The reason that this building ...
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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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The Voluntourist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=1596&v=E16iOaAP4SQ I just finished watching this documentary on voluntourism. Although I have an embarrassingly short attention span, I was captivated as this is a topic I feel so strongly about ...
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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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Who wants to go on a cruise?!

I was disgusted to come across this article the other day on a new voluntourism cruise. 'Fathom' is the first cruise line dedicated entirely to voluntourism, offering seven-day volunteer cruises. That's right, ...
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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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A new campaign making people ask the hard questions about voluntourism

For the past couple of years I have been trying to promote the empowerment and sustainability of organisations in developing countries by making people think twice about voluntourism. I can't ...
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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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Photographing Children

Yesterday I came across a blog titled 'Hannah vs. The Street Kids', about a lady who wouldn't buy from the child street sellers (very good), but played a game of ...
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Poverty Tourism

I will be the first to admit, I used to be a guilty party to poverty tourism. Well, not going on tours of slums/economically disadvantaged areas, but taking photos of ...
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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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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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