The community support program at Human and Hope Association is run by their Education and Community Manager and our Community and Education Assistant. As part of their outreach, these staff members are responsible for running child protection workshops for community members and adults in HHA’s projects, so they can help the community identify and stop child abuse.
They also aim to promote the benefits of education to the community and encourage parents to enrol their children in Public School. Our Poor Level One, Two and Three beneficiaries are visited every two months, so staff can track their progress and the outcomes of our projects, offer advice and determine ways we can improve on the assistance we offer the community. Constant feedback is sought from the community members so their projects are effective.
If they encounter any problems with their students, HHA’s community team visit the child’s family and try to reach a solution with them. They contact the necessary authorities if a situation is deemed to be out of their depth.
This program has built a good reputation for Human and Hope Association and has made it much easier to recruit students for our various programs due to the positive words which are spread around the community.
Sophy is 40 years old. Her children registered to study at HHA in 2014, and we went to her house to determine whether they were eligible for a scholarship. Whilst there, Sophy was interested in our microfinance program to raise ducks. We provided her with a loan, her children with scholarships, and her husband with domestic violence workshops. Later on we hired Sophy to be our Sustainability Assistant, where she finally earns a fair wage and studies Khmer language, something she never thought she would have the opportunity to do.