So You Want to Volunteer in Cambodia

Hope Handicrafts is run by Human and Hope Association Inc., the Australian fundraising arm of Human and Hope Association. In 2014, Human and Hope Association stopped their foreign volunteer program. By mid-2016, they were entirely Khmer operated due to their commitment to local empowerment and capacity building. This is why they don’t recommend you participate …

Say Goodbye to Smushed Crayons

Imagine this. Your son/daughter spends the afternoon colouring to their heart’s content. When they are finished, they carefully replace the crayons and pack them away. Not a crayon in sight. A scene like this doesn’t need to be part of your imagination. Our colourful crayon carriers are just the thing you need to keep crayons were …

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 …

These Stationery Carriers are Ethically Made in Cambodia

Are you tired of constantly replacing broken crayons, lost erasers and snapped pencils? We understand the frustration, which is why we created these stationery carriers.  Our stationery carriers are handmade in Cambodia by sewing graduates from Human and Hope Association, a grassroots community centre in Siem Reap. Each of these stationery carriers takes two hours …

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 …

Celebrating Five Years of a Life-Changing Sewing Program

Written by Sally Hetherington, former Operations Manager at Human and Hope Association. Originally posted on sallyhetherington.com.  From my initial days at Human and Hope Association, I had always planned to get a sewing program up and running. I knew that English classes weren’t for everyone, and for those villagers who were over eighteen and hadn’t …

A success story of our graduate sewing student, Sampheas

Originally posted on Human and Hope Association. Sampheas stopped studying in grade 9 when she failed the exam. Then she just stayed home and looks after her sisters and brothers. When she was 18 she worked in a golf club as a Caddy, collecting golf ball. At the age of 20, she got married, but …

Sewing Program 2017 Update

Throughout the year 2017, we are proud to witness the ongoing progress made by our Cambodian students who have demonstrated their enthusiasm and resilience as they take steps to breaking free of the poverty cycle. In closing this year, Human and Hope Association welcomed 12 bright students who have joined our Sewing Program. Five students …

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, …