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Human and Hope Association

Education & Training Programs in Cambodia


About Us

We are a registered charity that empowers communities to address inequalities. We achieve this through two approaches:

  1. Raising awareness in Australia about the unintended consequences of voluntourism and advocating for a local approach to development.
  2. Supporting a grassroots community centre in Cambodia who run education, vocational training and community development programs that alleviate poverty.

Why Cambodia?

Cambodia is our country of choice as it remains the poorest Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) country with 35% still living in multidimensional poverty, despite recent economic growth (UNDP 2018). One of our target areas, Reul Commune, has a poverty rate of 39% (Ministry of Planning, 2015).

Children and young people under 19 in Cambodia are generally amongst the poorest and constitute 45% of the total poor (UNDP 2018). The unequal distribution of economic gains means that many Cambodians, particularly those in rural areas, still have poor health and low levels of education, skills and employment. These ongoing issues make it difficult for families to break the cycle of poverty. Poverty brings with it associated issues such as lack of hygiene, poor health, poor school attendance and high school dropout rates.

Women in Cambodia face additional political, social and economic challenges, including gender-based violence, with 21% of Cambodian women reporting having experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence (UN Women, 2015). With poverty and gender issues come other issues, including lack of hygiene, poor health, lack of family planning, poor school attendance and high dropout rates. Low education and literacy rates significantly limit women’s employment opportunities in Cambodia, meaning women mostly work as low-paid farmers or builders. Only 37% of girls are enrolled in secondary education at the appropriate age, and just 12% of females continue into tertiary education (UNESCO 2017). One in four women over the age of 15 are illiterate (UNESCO 2015).

We raise funds for education, vocational training and community development programs that upskill community members so they can earn a sustainable income and move out of poverty. Human and Hope Association currently focuses on the Svay Dangkum, Sambour, Krobei Riel and Reul Communes in Siem Reap to enact our programs.

The programs that Human and Hope Association support are implemented by local community members who have been working at the community centre for up to eight years, including two co-founders. The team in Cambodia raise at least 35% of their yearly income through sustainable methods, including a sewing business and farm. Human and Hope Association is registered in Cambodia with the Ministry of Interior and they submit twice-yearly reports. By working in partnership with local staff and authorities, Human and Hope Association is helping to create systematic and lasting change.


We are committed to good governance, including financial accountability, quality improvement, risk management, strategic planning and evaluation. We monitor and evaluate the success of the programs we fund in achieving their outcomes and publicly report on their impact on the lives of participants and the local community. Some specific governance and accountability mechanisms include:

  • A partnership agreement between HHA and HHA Inc
  • A privacy policy that follows the Data Protection Principles of the New South Wales Privacy Committee 
  • HHA’s annual report, including program outcomes and financial statements'
  • Ongoing monitoring and evaluation of individual programs
  • HHA publishing monthly finances on its website 
  • HHA providing monthly program updates to HHA Inc 
  • HHA Inc conducting an annual monitoring visit to Cambodia
  • Regular auditing of HHA accounts by the Board Treasurer (3 monthly audits and monthly random checks) 
  • Annual external auditing of HHA Inc accounts
  • HHA publishing ethical standards on its website 
  • Ensuring staff abide by a Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy 
  • Implementing a strict visitor policy at HHA to ensure our community feels safe
  • Requiring HHA staff and HHA Inc board members to declare any conflicts of interest.

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Contact Details

2 Coombe Street

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Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.