Growing up in a middle class family in NSW, Australia, Sally never gave much thought to the challenges people in other countries face. It wasn’t until she took a family trip to Burma in 2008, that it really hit home with her just how many people live in poverty and dire situations. After that, Sally got involved in several charitable organisations in Sydney, such as Rotaract, Make-A-Wish, Teresa House Homeless Shelter and Steve Waugh Foundation.
After a trip to Cambodia with her mother, aunt and uncle in 2009, Sally decided to return the next year to volunteer for a month at an NGO. That experience was, once again, a life changing one for her, which resulted in Sally returning to Siem Reap in October 2011, permanently. Having see the many NGO’s (good and not so good), and many volunteers who come to Cambodia each year, Sally wanted to make sure they did the right thing by everyone involved. She spent 15 months as the Volunteer Coordinator at Anjali House, a day centre which supports former street children through education, healthcare and the arts. During that time she also took on a role as a Conversational English Teacher at Salvation Centre Cambodia.
Sally’s workmate introduced her to Human and Hope Association, and inspired by the fact that it was entirely run by local volunteers, Sally decided to make a full time move there. In her role as Operations Manager, Sally utilises her experience as a Trainer in the corporate world in Australia to capacity build the Director, and make Human and Hope a sustainable organisation. Her goal is to start a vocational training project, computer classes, movie club, a pre-school class, and find a way to help the forgotten people in the community – the elderly.
In her spare time, Sally loves riding her bicycle around villages, watching movies on her verandah, and relaxing at West Baray.
Where does she see herself in the future? “Helping people. That’s all I know.”