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Our Impact

At Human and Hope Association, we focus on the outcomes, not just the outputs. That means we won’t educate 500 people just so our statistics look good. We treat every villager uniquely and understand that every situation is unique. Below is just a handful of some of our success stories.


PreschoolPRESCHOOL PROGRAM

Vichet* is five years old. He used to spend his days being watched over by his eleven-year-old brother while his Mother, Father and older siblings would go to the forest to collect vegetables to sell. He started studying in the Preschool Program at Human and Hope Association, and the very shy, neglected boy started to thrive. He now knows the Khmer alphabet, can draw pictures, knows how to brush his teeth and has gained a lot of confidence. We enrolled him in public school in 2015 and he continues to study Khmer and English with us. His older brother and sister also study at HHA nowadays, too, and bring him on the 8km round journey each day. When he grows up, Vichet wants to be a policeman.

*For child protection purposes, the name of the student has been changed

It costs $15 a month to provide preschool education to a child. Become a Preschool Champion today!



PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

Eight-year-old *Clay began studying in the preschool program at Human and Hope Association in 2015. Her father is a builder who would work far away from home to support Clay’s family. Her mother, a housewife, would often collect rattan to make baskets that she could sell for a few cents each. It was a challenge to keep her in the program; not only was Clay younger than the other students, she was also a lot smaller having been born prematurely.

Clay would cry every day when her mother brought her to school, and would often refuse to go to class. With persistence from her teacher and dedication from her mother who wasn’t afforded an education herself, Clay’s behaviour eventually started to change. She would respect the teacher in class, brush her teeth at school (even though she had never done so in her four years on earth) and made friends. Although her learning was slow, it eventually improved, and Clay graduated from preschool in 2017 and made the transition to public school.

Clay will graduate from grade one at public school in October. Her grades are good, and she still attends Human and Hope Association daily for Khmer language classes, English phonics and to read in the library. Her younger sister is now a preschool student herself.

“I like studying at HHA because I like my teachers, I like playing games and I like reading books.”

It costs $15 a month to provide preschool education to a child. Become a Preschool Champion today!


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LANGUAGE CLASSES

*Sopheak is thirteen years old. He and his eight-year-old sister, *Srey, had never been to school. Our Education Manager noticed them on the street one day and enrolled Sopheak and Srey in our English program. Identifying that they will not have a good future unless they learn Khmer, we started daily Khmer classes for Sopheak and Srey, and four other village children who have never been to school. They were enrolled in Public School in November 2014 along with their younger brother. Sopheak came first in his class at public school and was able to skip a grade, and Srey and her younger brother came in the top ten! For three children who had never studied before, they are certainly naturals! These siblings continue to study at Human and Hope Association.

*For child protection purposes, the name of the students have been changed

It costs $12 a month to provide a scholarship to a child. Become a Scholarship Champion today!


PhallaSEWING PROGRAM

Phalla dropped out of public school when she was 14 years old due to the death of her sister and the illness of her mother. She began working at a restaurant, earning just $50USD each month for six days of work per week. In 2013 she was approached to study sewing at Human and Hope Association.

After finishing the first semester, Phalla was chosen to be a sewing assistant and was trained by our sewing teacher, Seyla. When we expanded the sewing program she studied further and graduated in 2014. Phalla was promoted to be a sewing teacher in 2015, and with weekly development workshops and a scholarship to study English, she has grown immeasurably.

Now at 21 years of age, Phalla now works in the mornings at HHA, helping others to break free of the poverty cycle, and makes clothes for her neighbours in the afternoons.

“My family situation is much better with my skill. Now I have enough money to support my family.”

It costs $90 a month to provide a Cambodian woman with sewing training. Become a Sewing Champion today!


SEWING PROGRAM

When Sangorb was young, she dreamed of a future where she had a big house and a large family living with her. Her dream was pushed into the back of her mind, when at the age eight, she was forced to stop studying at public school to take care of her family’s cows. Sangorb went on to work one job after another, but as she was illiterate, none of them paid well or brought her closer to achieving her dream.

She eventually got married and lived in a bamboo shack with her husband. They struggled to survive from day to day, and with rain dripping through their palm leaf roof, she developed a painful skin condition.

One day, whilst conducting community outreach, Thai, our Director, came across Sangorb. He helped Sangorb in receiving treatment for her skin condition and invited her to study at Human and Hope Assocation’s sewing program.

Although it was difficult for her at first, Sangorb developed a love for sewing. She came top of her class, and was hired by us to make handicrafts at her home. She has also developed her own sewing business where she can sew and mend clothes for her neighbours.

Sangorb graduated from our sewing program in October 2016, and has built a safe and beautiful house with the income she makes from sewing. She works from home and comes to Human and Hope Association daily, as her six-year-old daughter now studies in the Khmer language program. Her dream has become a reality, and she is so thankful to our wonderful donors who have enabled this.

It costs $90 a month to provide a Cambodian woman with sewing training. Become a Sewing Champion today!


UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Bunrong is one of three children. He used to work as a part-time English teacher in a small organization in Takeo province, and graduated high school in 2013. As Bunrong was living in poverty, he decided to move to Siem Reap province to work and study at university whilst staying with relatives. Bunrong couldn’t save the $50 a month required for his university fees, so he became a waiter in a restaurant and scrimped and saved to attend university the following year. At the same time, he learnt English at a pagoda. In 2015, Bunrong was hired as our English Teacher, and seeing his commitment to bettering himself, we gave him a scholarship to study at University. Bunrong graduated with a Bachelor of English Literature in 2018, and was a top student in his class.

“Being a part of HHA team, I could see that I am developed from time to time of being a good teacher and staff. Through the HHA scholarship program, I could get out of the financial problem. HHA helps me a lot of things not only the scholarship support but also the soft skills that helps improve myself with emotional, physical, and career. HHA helps me succeed my dream to study at the university for the bachelor of English literature where I can strengthen my ability to pursue my career in the future. Now, it is four years of school life has completely finished successfully and I am proud of being working and learning with this education. Thanks HHA again for helping me to pass this level of education without any worries and become the one who have graduated from university in my family members. I will use this value education to educate my young generation and help back to the community.” 

It costs $100 a month to provide all our full-time staff with lunch each day, ensuring they have the energy to work and study. Become a Nutrition Champion today!