9th March 2020
To our community of supporters,
I am writing to update you on the impact of the COVID-19 on our project partner, Human and Hope Association Cambodia.
In order to stop the spread of the COVID-19, Cambodia’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) has announced the suspension of education services in Siem Reap city.
This means that Human and Hope Association Cambodia will be closed until further notice. They will wait for direction from MoEYS to open again. As for their staff, this means that:
- The Managing Director will be working from home and is still available and contactable via email or Zoom.
- The Program Managers will be working from home, and once their administration work has been completed, they will be taking annual leave.
- The seamstresses will continue to make products from their homes, whilst watching over their children who are on break from school.
- Any staff whose work is solely based at Human and Hope Association Cambodia will take annual leave.
- The security guards, who work independently, will continue to work so they can ensure Human and Hope Association Cambodia is safe.
This is a tough time for the community of Siem Reap; businesses are suffering and as a result people are losing their jobs. The economy will be hit hard, and there is a possibility even more people in Human and Hope Association Cambodia’s community will be seeking the support of their services.
The team in Cambodia take the safety of their community seriously, and once they open again, they will be running COVID-19 specific workshops. By presenting factual information straight from the World Health Organisation, they will ensure their community remain calm but informed during pandemics.
Despite our program partner being closed for the time being, they still have bills that need to be paid. We are committed to ensuring their staff still earn a living, whilst also ensuring directions from MoEYS are followed so both staff and students remain protected. We need to come together to ensure that Human and Hope Association Cambodia can continue their impactful work to alleviate poverty through education, training and community development continues. We urge our supporters to assist our fundraising and advocacy efforts through:
- Signing up for April’s virtual Walk to Cambodia, a free event that will see you walk in solidarity with others whilst raising funds for education programs
- Hosting a Mother’s Day Market Stall at your workplace or purchasing our handicrafts online
- Becoming a Monthly Champion for a tax-deductible donation of $20 a month
I encourage you to reach out to me if you have any questions, or opportunities for support.
Sally Hetherington OAM
Human and Hope Association Incorporated