Written by San Thai, Director-in-Training and Sally Hetherington, Operations Manager
If you wish and intend to donate your money to help the poor people, especially in Cambodia, please consider and have a look at the NGOs that you trust and can make your money in the effective way. Why I say this, it is because, Cambodia has over 3000 NGOs who has provided difference services but this much higher amount are not all in active and not all good. So when you donate your money into the wrong NGOs your money will not use in the effective way to help our people.
Why Cambodia has a lot of NGOs? Of course, this is because, Cambodia is still a developing country and has a lot of poor people who really need the support from the NGOs, especially from the generous people as you to change their lives and their ways of living by empowering them to create their sustainable futures for themselves. So after that they can lead their lives by their own, not just rely on your aid.
How can you find the trusted NGOs in Cambodia and donate your money to? I am saying trusted NGOs, meaning the NGOs that use your funds in the right way and their right missions.
Actually, there are many good NGOs are providing their services to our people in Cambodia. Among those NGOs, Human and Hope Association located in Siem Reap is one of a trusted NGO you can donate your money to. Our mission is empowering Cambodian to create sustainable futures for themselves by focusing on education, vocational training and community support projects.
I am not saying we are a perfect NGO, but I say that we are a trusted NGO, meaning every dollar you donated will be used into our projects to empowering our villagers to create sustainable futures for themselves. I know just to say, you will not trust us, but I have been working with this organization since the beginning, so I am proud of myself being part of this good organization because I have never imagined that I can sit here and write this to you and can use my knowledge to help my own people. Not only me but all of our staff are so proud of themselves too and happy to use their knowledge to help their own people.
We have the staff who have the commitment to the work at Human and Hope Association to transform the lives of our community members though our sustainable methods, but without your donations, we are difficult to make our dream come true. With this we are not only just rely on your donation, but we have also tried to generate our own income as well by selling our products and growing vegetables at our farm.
We really need your support and your help by becoming our monthly donors, so we will be able to continue running our projects in our community and making our dream come true.
Here is the fact statistics in Cambodia and what we have been doing with those.
It is estimated 1/5 children in Cambodia are sexually abused by the time they are 18. Our ‘Good Touch, Bad Touch’ workshops for the students in our education programs provide them with knowledge about sexual abuse and empower them to stand up for their rights. In addition to this, we hold child protection workshops for our sewing students, adults in our community programs and teachers at our local primary school to prevent violence against children.
Around 20% of Cambodians live below the poverty line. By providing a one-year sewing course and a six-month family farm program, we are able to provide villagers with the skills necessary to move themselves out of poverty. Our family farm program is sustainable as our students pay back the cost of the resources over one year, interest free.
Over 10,000 Cambodian children die each year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. Our hygiene workshops for both children and adults teach safe practices, in addition to providing clean drinking water and sanitation facilities at our centre for our students.
At least 22% of women in Cambodia have been victims of domestic violence. Our domestic violence workshops aim to make women aware of their rights so they can be empowered to stand up to their husbands, and also intend for men to understand the different actions which constitute domestic violence, and that this is not acceptable.
Approximately 60% of women are unable to read or write, and nearly half the nations’ children drop out of school in grade three. Our Preschool classes, aside from instilling good behaviour and hygiene in our students, teach them Khmer so they are literate before they even begin primary school. Our Khmer classes for children teach them the alphabet, sentences and, working with their parents, we ensure they are enrolled in public school once the new term opens. Our Khmer classes for the adult women in our community programs show them that it is never too late to learn, and attempt to reduce these statistics.
During the Khmer Rouge era, 90% of artists were killed. This has left a country that struggles with creativity and individual thinking, especially when public school consists of rote learning. Our art class and movie club fosters our students creativity and encourages discussion, increasing their confidence both in class and outside.
Only around 5% of tertiary aged students are in tertiary education. We provide university scholarships and further education scholarships to our staff members who all come from disadvantaged backgrounds. They are able to increase their skills and knowledge so they can contribute to and build our community effectively.
We believe in supporting local businesses, which is why we don’t provide programs to people who could afford to pay for them. We strive to move our community members out of poverty and we DO have an exit plan. We believe that if we are doing our jobs properly, there won’t be a need for us to exist where we are in 15 years, which is when our current preschool students will be graduating from high school.
To have an impact on hundreds of community members each month, it costs us $3,363USD. Of course, this is the maximum cost, it usually works out to be less. We also aren’t 100% reliant on donors, as we have some self-sustainable projects and we also generate some of our own income through a sewing business, farm and other methods.
It costs $640USD to run our community programs each month. That includes university scholarships, microfinance loans, family farm, support of a rural project and vital workshops for hundreds of villagers.
It costs $518USD to run our education programs each month. That includes English, Living Values, Khmer, Preschool, Art, Movie Club and Library for more than 150 children.
It costs $990USD to run our vocational training programs each month. This includes providing 11 ladies with sewing training, Khmer language classes, sewing machine loans, running a sewing business and researching new vocational training opportunities.
It costs $1,215USD to fund our ongoing needs each month. That includes land rental, electricity, phone, petrol and motorbike maintenance, internet, staff lunches, salaries for our Director, Operations Manager, security guards, sustainability assistant, petrol allowances, staff health costs and running our farm.
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