An entirely Khmer run organisation, Human and Hope Association aims to alleviate poverty in Cambodia 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. They knew that education was the key to alleviating poverty in Cambodia, as many hadn’t received the opportunity to be educated themselves.
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 we built our own school and moved 4km further into a more rural commune. We now focus on education, vocational training and community support and are committed to achieving great outcomes and not just focusing on output. We are proud to be helping alleviate poverty in Cambodia through the following programs:
English classes are aimed at children to get them learning the basics
Living values classes are held every Friday instead of English and aim to improve our student’s attitude and behaviour
Khmer class helps illiterate children learn their native language so they can catch up at public school
Preschool class is for five-year-olds to learn Khmer language and have a good start to their life of education
Art class is held once a week to promote creativity
Library is open daily so the students can improve their knowledge on all sorts of topics
Staff development workshops are run every Sunday as we believe that to develop our community we need to develop our staff
Sewing program aims to provide our most marginalised villagers with a skill so they can earn a stable income
Home sewing business sees our most talented students employed to make products for us at their homes
Sewing cooperative brings together our sewing graduates to make uniforms for schools, universities and businesses
Family farm program teaches chemical-free farming to villagers over four months so they can grow vegetable for sale and personal use
University scholarship program assists staff who come from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue further education
Community workshops address social issues so our community can be more aware of the law, their rights and responsibilities
Community outreach program ensures that our most marginalised villagers receive the support and advice they need
We are a unique NGO as not only do we not accept foreign volunteers but in July 2016 we became entirely locally operated. We are passionate about Cambodians empowering other Cambodians, and due to our commitment to capacity building and empowerment this is happening right now.
Our land rental contract is until 2029 when we will then disband. This is because we know that if we are truly being effective in our approach to development, our community will no longer require our projects by that time. We are essentially working ourselves out of a job, and are proud of it.
To find out more information about Human and Hope Association, and what we are doing to alleviate poverty in Cambodia, click one of the links below:
Our Vision, Mission, Aims and Values
Learn more about Human and Hope Association’s mission, aims and values, and how they shape our work. Read more >>
Learn about the impact our projects have had so far on our students and community, including student’s stories. Read more >>
Learn more about our governing Khmer board! Read more >>
Meet the staff and volunteers behind Human and Hope Association; learn about their work and hear their stories! Read more >>