It’s Not About Me (Signed Paperback)

$27.99

“I realised that for organisations to be sustainable, they needed to be run by local staff. And for local staff to run organisations, they needed to be empowered.”

When Sally Hetherington was 25, she packed up all her belongings and bought a one-way ticket to Cambodia, determined to make a difference. But when she got there, the situation on the ground was grave. Sally had been told that the role she came to play in managing short-term volunteers was crucial to sustainable development. However, what she saw was disempowered staff, children with attachment issues, and an unhealthy ‘white saviour’ syndrome. Sally knew she had to make a big change.

So she started at the core, the community. Sally set about to develop a community centre with a team of Cambodians, with the end goal of making herself redundant. Sticking to her belief of local empowerment in a country filled with voluntourists was tough. Despite the countless obstacles she faced living in a community with a culture significantly different to hers, she was able to form insurmountable relationships and learn first-hand of the struggles of poverty faced by community members in the outskirts of rural Siem Reap.

This manifesto has five years of stories that will make you laugh, cry and challenge your preconceived beliefs about the best way to help people in developing countries. It is a must-read for those who want to make a positive change through ethical and sustainable development.

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Hope on Purpose is the ethical brand of Human and Hope Inc, an Australian charity. Funds raised through our handmade products, travel and learning opportunities help us to support a locally run community centre in Cambodia, enabling them to run their own projects with their local expertise.

The beautiful products you see on our website are made in Cambodia by women who have studied in a 12-month sewing program run by our program partner, Human and Hope Association, in rural Siem Reap. These inspirational women are using their skills to overcome poverty and create safe and peaceful lives for their families.

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