human & hope

An entirely Khmer run organisation, Human and Hope Association alleviates poverty through grassroots, empowering projects focused on education, vocational training and community development. 

Human and Hope Association came about in March 2011 when a group of villagers saw an absence of education in their commune. This group of locals decided to teach English to community members at a small fee of 50 cents per student each month in order to cover their costs. Over the next 18 months, the volunteer team recruited students through word of mouth, posting announcements at the local Primary School and gaining the support of the Monks who preached to the community.

In October 2012, an Australian living in Siem Reap was introduced to the team through her best friend who volunteered there, and seeing how motivated the Khmer volunteers were, started working as Operations Manager with the goal to initiate new projects, support the team with new skills and ensure a sustainable future for the organisation.Two years later, the team built their own school and moved 4km further into a more rural commune. They now focus on education, vocational training and community support and are committed to achieving great outcomes and not just focusing on output.

Human and Hope Association is a unique NGO as not only do they not accept foreign volunteers, but in July 2016 they became entirely locally operated.

Their land rental contract is until 2029, when we will then disband. This is because they know that if they are truly being effective in their approach to development, their community will no longer require their projects by that time. They are essentially working themselves out of a job, and are proud of it.

To provide education to a Cambodian child for just $10 a month, please click here. 

“I Now Don’t Fear for my Life”

Last month I attended the Ethical Enterprise Awards in Melbourne, as Human and Hope Association Inc were finalists. A transcript of my speech is below. “I now don’t fear for ...
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Moving whole families out of poverty

This is the son of Human and Hope Association's sewing teacher (and former sewing student), Chomrong. I have known him for three years. He was always a very shy child ...
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Periods and Endometriosis in Cambodia

Me: “I have my period.” Male colleague: “AGAIN?” Me: “Yes, it comes once a month.” Male colleague: “It feels like you have it every day.” Can I get a holler from ...
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“I want to teach the children a song in Portuguese”

In 2013, I initiated child protection workshops at Human and Hope Association. We had implemented our visitor policy, which only allowed for visitors to come to Human and Hope Association ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Treating Children as ‘Team Building’ Activities

One day in February 2016, Human and Hope Association was approached by a tour company in Phnom Penh. They wanted to bring 15 tourists from India to Human and Hope Association ...
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Celebrating Five Years of a Life-Changing Sewing Program

From my initial days at Human and Hope Association, I had always planned to get a sewing program up and running. I knew that English classes weren’t for everyone, and ...
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Thai, Our Unsung Hero

I am over the moon to announce that for the second year in a row, Human and Hope Association has taken out the World Relief Australia Unsung Hero award, this ...
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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?" ...
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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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Is it cultural?

Something I struggled with during my time in Cambodia was identifying whether to accept a situation as cultural, or challenging it. Although I wanted to ensure I was acting in a ...
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The Woman Who Gives Me Hope

SOPHY’S STORY IS ONE that breaks my heart. It is also the one that gives me the most hope. I first met Sophy in early 2015. We had hired a ...
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One year ago I was made redundant

It has been exactly one year since I left Human and Hope Association to be entirely Khmer operated.  I will never forget my last day. I was terrified to go to ...
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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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Leaving HHA

In just four short months, after almost four years working here, I will be leaving Human and Hope Association to be entirely Khmer operated. It has been an incredibly challenging ...
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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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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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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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This brought tears to my eyes

From our Australian board member, Roxane, after conducting a monitoring visit to Human and Hope Association yesterday: "Thank you Sally. It's hard to imagine what real poverty looks like or ...
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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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The big day finally came

After months of fundraising, planning, building and organising, we finally moved into our permanent location for Human and Hope Association. My speech is below. Sai yon suasidy. Ne an kynom ...
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A Story of Compassion

It's a shame that I don't post on my blog frequently, as I miss opportunities to talk about how kind, compassionate and thoughtful my workmates are. So, given I have ...
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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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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 ...
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