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 …

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 …

Empower a Cambodian Family this Christmas!

Christmas is fast approaching, and we have the perfect gifts for the person who has everything or is passionate about alleviating social injustices in the world! The gift of education ($10) – The Khmer language classes at Human and Hope Association began in 2014 when the staff noticed some children in their community were not enrolled …

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 …

5 Ways to Brighten Up Your Wardrobe This Spring

From the blooming of flowers to the longer duration days, spring has been a constant favourite for many people out there. As spring time approaches us all, many join in upon bidding their goodbyes to winter clothes and saying hello to funky and fashionable spring attire. Spring has always been considered a fun season due …

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Sustainable Fashion: Why it is Necessary?

What is sustainable fashion one might ask? Sustainable fashion or eco fashion aims at an individual’s social responsibility as a consumer. The primary goal of this philosophy is to basically initiate a phenomenon that focuses on sustainability; one that can be supported forever in terms of human influence on this planet’s environment. Fashion trends change …