A Brief History of Cambodia

Modern-day Cambodia is the descendant of the ancient Khmer Empire, a powerful empire that stretched over much of South East Asia between the 8th Century and 15th century. Remnants of this period, such as the hauntingly beautiful Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, draw more than two million tourists to Cambodia annually and stand proudly amongst …

1,000 Hours of Education to Cambodian Children

In the first half of 2018, your purchases provided over 1,000 hours of education to Cambodian children living in poverty in Siem Reap. One of those children was Clay. Eight-year-old *Clay began studying in the preschool program at Human and Hope Association in 2015. Her father is a builder who would work far away from …

Why Women’s Empowerment is So Important

Written by Savdy Doeung, Vocational Training Coordinator at Human and Hope Association In some societies, women are still discriminated on their gender. They are not given the same right as men. Women are still paid less, expected to cook, clean etc. Women are still strict by their culture and family. As women can’t go out …

How Microfinance Loans are Empowering Women in Siem Reap

The sewing program at Human and Hope Association has empowered dozens of women to break the cycle of poverty. Apart from sewing training, life skills lessons, business workshops and farming training, these Cambodian women can participate in a microfinance program. For just $140USD, they can purchase their own sewing machine through Human and Hope Association, …

Guide to the Angkor Temples

Angkor Archaeological Park is located in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It is said to be one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia, with millions of local and international tourists flocking there each year. Angkor Archaeological Park features the remains of several capitals of the Khmer empire from the 9th to 15th centuries. It …

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Where to Shop Ethically in Siem Reap

When travelling through South East Asia, it can always be difficult to know where the souvenirs you purchase are made, and by whom. There is more of a shift nowadays towards ethical and responsible purchases, where both the maker and the consumer benefit. If you are travelling to Siem Reap, we have a few suggestions …

A conversation with Phalla from Human and Hope Association

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Phalla, one of the sewing teachers at Human and Hope Association. Phalla was a student in the very first semester of the sewing program, from April – July 2013. After the semester ended, she was hired as a Sewing Assistant, learning further skills from Human and …

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Fashion Revolution – Campaigning for Transparency in the Fashion Industry

This week Hope Handicrafts is participating in Fashion Revolution week, and encouraging consumers to ask their brands, “Who made my clothes?”. Fashion Revolution week remembers the 1,134 people who were killed and more than 2,500 injured when the Rana Plaza complex collapsed in Bangladesh. The reason that this building collapsed was a poor foundation, conversion from …