35% of Cambodians live in poverty. We have the power to change these statistics.
On Sunday 11 November, our Australian fundraising board, Human and Hope Association Incorporated, will be hosting an organised group walk from Spit Bridge to Manly to raise much-needed funds to go towards the Human and Hope Association education program for local Cambodian children. The walk will be approximately 4 hours. Following the conclusion of the walk, participants will be welcomed to grab a drink or something to eat at a local establishment in Manly (all food and beverages will be at the cost of participants).
Every $30 entry fee will provide 60 hours of education, clean drinking water and library access for a Cambodian child living in poverty.
Siem Reap is the major tourist hub in Cambodia, so knowing the English language is essential for gaining a well-paying job in the tourism sector. The English program at Human and Hope Association is run by three Cambodian staff who are university graduates. Through weekly meetings, feedback sessions and training, they are constantly developing the program to ensure it has a maximum impact. The English classes include general English, creative writing, conversational English and a young adult program. Classes are capped at 18 students to ensure a quality education.
The students learn from textbooks that have been developed by the education team at Human and Hope Association. These textbooks are culturally appropriate and relevant to Cambodians. They learn through games, reading, singing and visual aids. Once a week they study English in the library, utilising a large range of English reading materials. On average, 90% of students pass their six-monthly exams.
Every Friday, the students participate in life skills workshops that supplement the students’ academic learnings. This might seem unusual to a western audience, but the considerations we take for granted such as personal hygiene and setting appropriate boundaries are not as well understood in the Cambodian community. The absence of teaching these life skills puts the achievement of academic outcomes at risk. In many ways, these life skills workshops are critical enabling factors. A child’s health and security are a necessary first step before we can hope to improve their chances for a happier and more productive life through a better education. Our living values workshops have seen school suspensions drop from five per year to nil per year.
When you Walk for Education on the 11th of November, you are ensuring we can continue to run this important program.