Elephants for Education

Hello there my friend! I hope this posts finds you all well.

I say that because really, you are well aren't you? But for some people this isn't the case and I am here today to ask for your help to help a few and to make their lives just that little bit better. By helping this cause, you help people empower themselves, which then leads onto better lives for themselves, their children and their villages. Now who wouldn't want that!!

Hope Handicrafts is a South Australian registered charity and they sell handicrafts to raise funds and awareness for the Human and Hope Association Cambodia, a locally run grassroots organisation that aims to alleviate poverty in the community.

The handicrafts are made by women in Cambodia. These women have studied sewing via a 10 month sewing programme at Human and Hope Association in Siem Reap, Cambodia. They make these handicrafts at their homes, enabling them to watch over their children at the same time. All of their seamstresses earn a fair wage, receive constant development opportunities from Human and Hope Association, and take out interest-free microfinance loans to purchase sewing machines.

The handicrafts are made from traditional Khmer fabrics and cotton fabric.

For those that don't know the history of Cambodia, Pol Pot and his communist Khmer Rouge movement led Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. During that time, about 1.5 million Cambodians out of a total population of 7 to 8 million died of starvation, execution, disease or overwork. 

This was a horrific time in Cambodia's history and one that they are still trying to recover from; they are making positive progress, but a lot of help is still needed. 

This is where YOU come in my lovelies.

As a fellow sewer I ask that you support the Human and Hope Association's latest drive, Elephants for Education. By purchasing a beautifully made elephant (or a family), you will be helping so many people in so many ways.

So what is Elephants for Education?

Well did you know that 20% of Cambodians live below the poverty line? That 1 in every 4 Cambodian over the age of 15 is illiterate?

When you purchase an elephant you will be helping fund the Human and Hope Association's education programme for 2017. You will also be helping support the sewers so that they can provide shelter, education and healthcare to their families. And you are also helping educated over 150 Cambodian children.. What a great return on a few dollars!!

There are 10 elephants that can be purchased; they all have names and they have their own special job to do.

  • Amao Jr – Provides a month of clean drinking water for the students at HHA, keeping them healthy
  • Bopha Jr – Provides students with access to a library for a day so they can increase their knowledge
  • Sangha Jr – Provides an art lesson to a class of students, promoting creativity which is often stifled at public school
  • Somlei Jr – Provides a child protection workshop to empower our students to stand up to abuse
  • Srey Jr – Provides four living values lessons to address social issues and improve the behaviour of our students
  • Amao – Provides a month of language education to an illiterate child, enabling them to read and write in their native language
  • Bopha – Provides a month of English classes to a child so they can increase their future job and study opportunities
  • Sangha – Provides a month of preschool education to a five-year-old, putting them on the right track to an educated life
  • Somlei – Provides a hygiene workshop, preventing illness and disease
  • Srey – Provides a child with a scholarship and study resources, ensuring poverty does not stop them from being educated

The Association also provides a range of education programs to the children in the community. These lessons supplement public school education, and they ensure that they are attending public school if they are of age.

English language classes for children teach them the basics so it is easier for them to develop further English skills that are needed for university education and jobs in tourism later in life.

Living values classes every Friday instead of English, with the aim to improve our student’s attitude and behavior

Khmer class helps illiterate children learn their native language so they can catch up at public school

Preschool class is for five year olds to learn Khmer language and have a good start to their life of education

Art class is held once a week to promote creativity, a trait that is often stifled at public school

Their Library is open daily so the students can improve their knowledge, play games and practice their English

So my lovelies.. please help this wonderful cause by going over here, purchasing an elephant or two.. if you don't want an elephant, help out by just donating a few bucks.  

As a lover of elephants I have purchased a number of them, so go on...rise to the occasion.

cheers

Stephanie