Human and Hope Association was founded in March 2011 when a group of villagers saw an absence of education in their commune. They knew that education was the key to alleviating poverty in Cambodia, as many hadn’t received the opportunity to be educated themselves.
This group of locals decided to teach English to community members at a pagoda for a small fee of USD$0.50 – USD$1.00 per student each month in order to cover their costs. Over the next 18 months, the volunteer team recruited students through word of mouth, posting announcements at the local public schools and gaining the support of the Monks who preached to the community.
In October 2012, an Australian living in Siem Reap was introduced to the team and seeing how motivated the Khmer volunteers were, started working as Operations Manager. Her goal was to initiate new projects, support the team with new skills, provide them with an environment that would result in their empowerment and ensure a sustainable future for the organisation.
In 2014, it was decided that for the sustainability of the organisation and the safety of the community, Human and Hope Association needed to move. In a matter of months, our team had fundraised $20,000USD through generous Australian donors and built their own community centres, 4km away from our location at the time.
On the 6thof July 2016, confident in the organisation and the team, the Australian staff member successfully made herself redundant. That day, Human and Hope Association became entirely locally-operated, which we remain to this day.
We are proud to be helping alleviate poverty in Cambodia.
The Picnic Emporium is proud to support this beautiful community by working with Human and Hope in purchasing Produce Bags and Napkins for our Picnic Range. All profits from the products we sell are donated to Human and Hope to support this wonderful commune.
Please meet the seamstresses of Human and Hope,