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  • Empower a Cambodian Woman this IWD

    DONATE $50 TO EMPOWER A CAMBODIAN WOMAN THIS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

    “I am very excited after completing HHA’s sewing course. Now, I can help support my family and I am confident and brave when I am around people.”

    Savy has faced many challenges in her life. When she was just 10 years old, her mother passed away. Her father battled with alcoholism her whole life, leaving her struggling to survive day-to-day.

    Yet Savy still had dreams and wanted to study sewing since she was little. But with no money and extra responsibility, she put that dream aside.

    However, one day, when conducting community outreach, our Vocational Training Coordinator came across Savy at her house and told her about the free sewing classes at Human and Hope Association.

    Savy didn’t delay; she immediately registered in the program, eager to grasp this life-changing opportunity. Living far away from Human and Hope Association with no access to a motorbike, Savy rode her bicycle on an 80-minute round trip each day in the hope she would develop a better life for herself.

    After just three months of study, Savy took out a sewing machine microfinance loan through us so she could practice her lessons at home and begin to earn her own income. With a strong commitment, she completed our 10-month sewing course learning life and business skills along the way that developed her self-confidence and leadership.

    Savy now works as a seamstress in an ethical factory in Siem Reap. She earns a fair and stable wage and is able to support herself and her family.

    Your small donation of just $50 will help change the life of a woman like Savy and help them create the best possible future for their families.

    Don’t delay, act now.

    DONATE $50 TO HELP MORE CAMBODIAN WOMEN LIKE SAVY THIS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

  • Meet *Sokha

    It has been a while since we have shared a success story of a community member we support. Today, we want to share the inspiring story of *Sokha, a preschool graduate.

    Sokha’s mother is a graduate from our sewing program who wanted a better life for her family. When Sokha turned five, she was enrolled in the preschool program at Human and Hope Association. At first, Sokha was a quiet and shy girl who didn’t like to interact with other children.

    Sokha’s parents, having been involved with Human and Hope Association for a few years, understood the importance of education. They attended our meetings and parenting workshops and learnt how to educate Sokha at home. They worked collaboratively with us to track Sokha’ s improvement.

    After joining our preschool for one year, Sokha graduated and progressed to our Khmer language class, then our English class.

    Sokha’s knowledge, attitude and behaviour have improved dramatically. She came top of her class at public school, and second in her English class at HHA. In just two short years, Sokha has come out of her shell and matured. She is talkative and plays with her friends. She can read and write in Khmer children book very well and spends her spare time reading books with her friends in our library. 

    “I was very sorry that I didn’t have the opportunity to study, so I couldn’t help my daughter with her reading and writing. When I joined the workshops at HHA, I learnt how to help her at home despite my illiteracy. I always asked her about her study and my husband teaches her at home. I am very proud of Sokha because she received a good grade for her studies, she respects me and helps me with some of my housework as well.” Sangorb, Sokha’s mother

    It costs $15 a month to provide a Cambodian child like Sokha with preschool education. Please sign up as a Monthly Champion so other children can be afforded this same opportunity.

  • Join us for our exciting Purpose and Philanthropy Field Trip to Siem Reap in April 2019!

    We are so excited to be able to share an amazing opportunity with you. We are heading to Siem Reap on our inaugural Purpose and Philanthropy Field Trip from the 21st – 27th of April 2019 and YOU ARE INVITED! 

    Imagine heading to Siem Reap for Easter and Anzac Day for this amazing tour and cultural experience – and only having to take three days off work!

    This ethical, inspiring, socially responsible tour will see you form connections with local Khmers who have overcome adversity to move forward with their lives. You will be immersed in the Cambodian culture and learn about the innovative approaches that NGOs and social enterprises are taking to overcome poverty and social issues.

    You can download the detailed itinerary here.

    Travel out to Human and Hope and see firsthand our school, meet our fabulous teachers, see our students loving their learning, then join the local team for a Khmer BBQ. This is a wonderful opportunity to see our charity in action and to see and hear how your support, and our fundraising, make a direct and impactful difference, whilst empowering our community to become self-sustaining.

    Your host for the trip will be Sally Hetherington, President of Human and Hope Association Incorporated. Sally has a wealth of knowledge about international development, the Khmer culture and providing an empowering environment for Cambodian staff.

    Cost of the trip is AUD$1750 per person for single occupancy or AUD$1,500 per person for couples/twin share, excluding airfares.  To join this unique tour, travellers also commit to donate or fundraise a minimum of AUD$500 for Human and Hope Association by the 30th of June 2019.

    Limited to 10 travellers, this is an opportunity not to be missed!

    Register now and secure your place with an AUD$500 deposit.

    Download the detailed itinerary here, and for more information or to register, contact Sally Hetherington at sally@humanandhopeassociation.org. 

    We hope you will join us for this life-changing adventure!

    Sally Hetherington and the HHA Team

  • Love Story Anthology in support of Human and Hope Association

    We are proud to announce a partnership with Elephant House Press, a South-Australian publisher.

    Elephant House’s mission is to bring unique and memorable stories to life, to nurture their writers, and to encourage others to walk the path of creativity. Their new ‘Love Story: Volume 1’ anthology that will be released in February is a collection of works, celebrating art in its various forms. In this collection, you’ll rediscover the beauty of the written word, the simplicity of black and white photographs, and the talent of illustrators, poets, and other artists alike.

    The official launch of this unique book will be held at the historic Urrbrae House and proceeds from the event, and royalties from the books themselves will be donated to Human and Hope Association! A copy of the book and ticket to the event is just $25, but places are limited. Head to their website to secure your place today!

  • 2018 Ethical Enterprise Awards

    We are proud to be finalists in the 2018 Moral Fairground Ethical Enterprise Awards.

    The President of our Australian fundraising board, Sally Hetherington, recently sat down to talk about her journey building up our organisation, and the importance of local empowerment in developing countries.

    Our ethical enterprise has been alleviating poverty through a strategy focused on a local approach to development. Whilst voluntourism, a 2-billion-dollar a year industry, is increasing, having seen the controversy surrounding foreign-led organisations in poverty-stricken Cambodia, HHA does not allow foreign volunteers. This is particularly important from a child protection perspective, to ensure that the children’s lives at the community centre are not interrupted by frequent comings and goings of foreign volunteers.

    Our President, Sally, knew that for organisations in Cambodia to be sustainable, they needed to be run by Cambodians. With an incredibly low staff turnover (only one staff member has departed since 2016), the team are able to build trust with the community and build up the reputation of the Sewing Program. This is particularly important during our community outreach, when we recruit new students ahead of each new term. During this process, we ensure we engage with vulnerable community members who are either living in poverty, or are at a high-risk of falling back into poverty. We conduct an individual assessment to determine student’s suitability for the program, and ensure we have a proper understanding of their expectations from the program, as well as their career goals.

    A critical aspect in achieving the outcomes noted in the Sewing Program, is to ensure students commit to the 10-month program for its entirety. To discourage students from dropping out of the program for example, we provide students with a contract whereby they agree to pay back 50% of the program costs if they drop out. This has increased our retention rate from 50% to 92%. Upon graduation, there are also instances where students are unable to find suitable jobs immediately, and/or give up their newly acquired skill as a result. Overall, these challenges place students at risk of falling back into poverty. To mitigate this, we often partner with reputable, ethical workplaces to ensure that students can apply for jobs through them. We also invite students into our sewing collaboration, whereby alumni seamstresses complete bulk orders to earn a part-time income.

    We wish Sally the best of luck in the finals this Thursday, 25th October in Melbourne!