What is Elephants for Education?
20% of Cambodians live below the poverty line
1 in every 4 Cambodians over the age of 15 are illiterate
These are statistics we aim to change at Human and Hope Association. Over the past five years we have been providing training, education and support to marginalised villagers so they can have the skills and knowledge to move out of the poverty bracket.
In order to fund our education programs for 2017, we are asking you to purchase an elephant for education. These elephants are made by graduated sewing students from Human and Hope Association, who make them for a fair wage at their homes. By purchasing an elephant (or how about a family?), you are providing an income to these women so they can support their families with shelter, education and healthcare. You are also contributing towards the education of over 150 Cambodian children.
We have a family of 10 elephants waiting to be adopted, each providing access to vital services at Human and Hope Association.
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
Our project and impact
We provide a range of education programs to the children in our community. These lessons supplement public school education, and we ensure that they are attending public school if they are of age.
Our 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.
We hold 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
Our 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
Our Library is open daily so the students can improve their knowledge, play games and practice their English
Why does education in Cambodia matter?
Between 1975 and 1979, an estimated two million people (a quarter of the population at the time) were killed in Cambodia through starvation, torture, execution, disease and overwork under the ruling of the Khmer Rouge. Intellectuals were targeted, and as a result, Cambodia lost most of their educated population.
It has taken a long time to rebuild Cambodia, and although the education system has developed in leaps and bounds, there is still a strong lack of education and skills in our community that has lead to a life of poverty for our villagers.
With poverty comes other social issues, such as lack of hygiene, illnesses, domestic violence, child labour and more. We work directly with children and their families so that with our support they can understand the value of education and help to address these social issues. We want them to break the cycle of poverty so that the next generation don’t have to deal with the hardships that this generation does.
By educating our students we are empowering them to create sustainable futures for themselves.
*Please note that unfortunately we cannot ship our elephants outside of Australia due to the cost. We can, however, send you a cute "e-elephant" from our Director in Cambodia to say thanks!
Any amount – E-elephant
Do you live outside Australia or don’t want an elephant? Make a donation and the full amount will provide education to Cambodians. In return you will receive an e-elephant from the Director of Human and Hope Association.
$25 – Junior Elephant
We will send you a junior elephant of your choosing. Shipping is included in Australia. Estimated delivery by the end of October 2016.
$40 - 2 Junior Elephants
We will send you two junior elephants of your choosing. Shipping is included in Australia. Estimated delivery by the end of October 2016.
$50 - A parent and child
We will send you a parent and child elephant of your choosing. Shipping is included in Australia. Estimated delivery by the end of October 2016.
$100 – Junior elephant family
We will send you all five of our Junior elephants. Shipping is included in Australia. Estimated delivery by the end of October 2016.
$140 – Parents
We will send you all five of our parent elephants. Shipping is included in Australia. Estimated delivery by the end of October 2016.
$230 – Whole elephant family
We will send you our whole elephant family. That is 10 elephants! Shipping is included in Australia. Estimated delivery by the end of October 2016.
$450 – Two elephant families
We will send you two whole elephant families AND a personal thank you video from the Director of HHA. Shipping is included in Australia. Estimated delivery by the end of October 2016.
are Human and Hope Association?
Human and Hope Association is a registered NGO in Siem Reap, Cambodia. We are a grassroots community centre run by a local Cambodian team. We focus on empowering methods of development instead of direct aid, as for our community to move out of poverty they need to take responsibility for their futures.
Our education programs include English, Khmer language, preschool, living values, art class, movie club, library and staff development. Our vocational training opportunities include a sewing program and home sewing business. Our community projects include microfinance, a farming program, community workshops, university scholarships and support of a rural English school.
We are committed to training local staff, which is why our organization became entirely Khmer operated this year. Our local team is passionate about helping their local community; they are the subject matter experts who can deal with issues in a culturally appropriate context. Our organisation is governed by a Cambodian board who are responsible for ensuring our team achieves its goals. We also have an external Australian board who are responsible for fundraising and raising awareness about HHA and other social issues in Cambodia.
How can we be sure you are using the money as intended?
We are committed to transparency at Human and Hope Association. We want you to trust that your money will go where we say it will. To put your mind at ease, we want to share the following with you:
- HHA Cambodia and HHA Inc. have a strong partnership agreement in place
- HHA Cambodia’s accounts are audited every three months by their qualified board treasurer.
- HHA Cambodia and HHA Inc’s bank accounts are verified and checked every month by the Director of HHA Cambodia and President of HHA Inc.
- We display our monthly income and expenditure reports on our website
- We provide an annual report for HHA Cambodia in January each year and for HHA Inc. in August each year.
- HHA Inc. has their accounts audited externally once a year and must comply with all regulations in Australia.
Additionally, we want to assure you that we don’t only rely on donations. We generate some of our own income through our sewing business, farm, tuition for English classes and other means. We know that we must set a good example for our community so we work hard to show them that we don’t only function on donations.
How can I find out more/get involved?
Thank you very much for your interest in helping Human and Hope Association! As a small organisation, raising awareness is key in helping us to continue and grow our programs, and empower Cambodians to create sustainable futures for themselves.
Here are a few ideas that you may like to use!
- Become a monthly champion
- Visit our online store and purchase our handicrafts
- Set up a Do and Donate fundraiser and donate your birthday, participate in a fun run or give up something for a period of time
- Get a school involved in fundraising, using the wide range of school resources available on our website
- Shout out to us on your blog or website!
- Get the word out on social media.
- Hold a fundraiser.
To find out more on how you can help in Australia, contact our Australian board at [email protected].
Do I have to get an elephant? I just want to support education.
Don’t worry, we won’t be offended if you don’t want an elephant! Instead of selecting a perk, just enter an amount at the top of the page. All the funds will be used for our education programs.
Do you ship outside of Australia?
Our elephants are bulky, so postage would cost a LOT! If you live outside Australia and want to support us, the whole donation will be put towards our education program. However, if you are super keen to get your hands on our elephants (and we don’t blame you), shoot us an email at [email protected] and we can work something out for you!
How do I tell you what colour elephant I want?
We will email you after you pledge to ask what colour you want.
Are donations tax deductible?
No. However, if you did want to make a tax deductible donation to the campaign, without receiving an elephant, you can visit our fiscal sponsor, World Relief Australia, and make a donation through there.
Do you offer discounts for bulk purchases?
We sure do! As we are a charity we can’t discount TOO much, but we certainly want to reward you for your support. Get in touch with us at [email protected] so we can work out a deal!
When will the elephants be sent?
Our elephants will be sent by the end of October 2016. If you urgently needed them, please let us know and we will try our best to get them out earlier!
Do you have other products available?
Yes, the very talented team in Cambodia have a lovely range of homewares, accessories and toys available. Check out www.hopehandicrafts.com, which we are constantly updating with new products! We ship internationally from the webstore.
Follow our Social Media