Elephants for Education!

Today we are celebrating the launch of a new crowdfunding campaign, Elephants for Education

Over the past five years we have been providing training, education and support to marginalised villagers so they can have the skills and knowledge to move out of the poverty bracket.

In order to fund our education programs for 2017, we are asking you to purchase an elephant for education. These elephants are made by graduated sewing students from Human and Hope Association, who make them for a fair wage at their homes. By purchasing an elephant (or how about a family?), you are providing an income to these women so they can support their families with shelter, education and healthcare. You are also contributing towards the education of over 150 Cambodian children.

We have a family of 10 elephants waiting to be adopted, each providing access to vital services at Human and Hope Association.

Amao Jr – Provides a month of clean drinking water for the students at HHA, keeping them healthy

Bopha Jr – Provides students with access to a library for a day so they can increase their knowledge

Sangha Jr – Provides an art lesson to a class of students, promoting creativity which is often stifled at public school

Somlei Jr – Provides a child protection workshop to empower our students to stand up to abuse

Srey Jr – Provides four living values lessons to address social issues and improve the behaviour of our students

Amao – Provides a month of language education to an illiterate child, enabling them to read and write in their native language

Bopha – Provides a month of English classes to a child so they can increase their future job and study opportunities

Sangha – Provides a month of preschool education to a five-year-old, putting them on the right track to an educated life

Somlei – Provides a hygiene workshop, preventing illness and disease

Srey – Provides a child with a scholarship and study resources, ensuring poverty does not stop them from being educated

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Our project and impact

We provide a range of education programs to the children in our community. These lessons supplement public school education, and we ensure that they are attending public school if they are of age.

Our English language classes for children teach them the basics so it is easier for them to develop further English skills that are needed for university education and jobs in tourism later in life.

We hold Living values classes every Friday instead of English, with the aim to improve our student’s attitude and behavior

Khmer class helps illiterate children learn their native language so they can catch up at public school

Our 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, a trait that is often stifled at public school

Our Library is open daily so the students can improve their knowledge, play games and practice their English

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Why does education in Cambodia matter?

Between 1975 and 1979, an estimated two million people (a quarter of the population at the time) were killed in Cambodia through starvation, torture, execution, disease and overwork under the ruling of the Khmer Rouge. Intellectuals were targeted, and as a result, Cambodia lost most of their educated population.

It has taken a long time to rebuild Cambodia, and although the education system has developed in leaps and bounds, there is still a strong lack of education and skills in our community that has lead to a life of poverty for our villagers.

With poverty comes other social issues, such as lack of hygiene which results in increased illnesses, domestic violence, and child labour. We work directly with children and their families so that with our support they can understand the value of education and help to address these social issues. We want them to break the cycle of poverty so that the next generation don’t have to deal with the hardships that this generation does.

By educating our students we are empowering them to create sustainable futures for themselves.

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Perks

Any amount – E-elephant 

Do you live outside Australia or don’t want an elephant? Make a donation and the full amount will provide education to Cambodians. In return you will receive an e-elephant from the Director of Human and Hope Association.

$25 – Junior Elephant 

We will send you a junior elephant of your choosing. Shipping is included in Australia. Estimated delivery by the end of October 2016.

$40 – 2 Junior Elephants

We will send you two junior elephants of your choosing. Shipping is included in Australia. Estimated delivery by the end of October 2016.

$50 – A parent and child 

We will send you a parent and child elephant of your choosing. Shipping is included in Australia. Estimated delivery by the end of October 2016.

$100 – Junior elephant family 

We will send you all five of our Junior elephants. Shipping is included in Australia. Estimated delivery by the end of October 2016.

$140 – Parents

We will send you all five of our parent elephants. Shipping is included in Australia. Estimated delivery by the end of October 2016.

$230 – Whole elephant family

We will send you our whole elephant family. That is 10 elephants! Shipping is included in Australia. Estimated delivery by the end of October 2016.

$450 – Two elephant families 

We will send you two whole elephant families AND a personal thank you video from the Director of HHA. Shipping is included in Australia. Estimated delivery by the end of October 2016.

We have exclusive giveaways available throughout the campaign. To start us off, pledge between the 27th of July and the 3rd of August to be entered into the draw to win a beach bag and sarong courtesy of Alexandria Main!

To support our education programs and receive some elephants of your own, join our crowdfunding campaign by clicking here.