We are excited to have created a digital colouring book in collaboration with designer Jaime-lee Collinson and illustrator Oliver Vincent Reyes.
An exciting colouring book that educates on Cambodia
This colouring book includes six original Cambodian-themed designs to colour in, along with facts about Cambodia and Human & Hope.
- Siem Reap
Modern day Cambodia is the descendant of the ancient Khmer Empire, a powerful empire that stretched over much of South East Asia between the 8th Century and 15thcentury. Remnants of this period, such as the hauntingly beautiful Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, draw more than two million tourists to Cambodia annually and stand proudly amongst some of the most historically significant sites in the world.
Despite its proud history, Cambodia fell into a dark period as it was drawn into conflict from the Vietnam War and then fell to the Khmer Rouge in 1975. Between this time and 1978, leader Pol Pot attempted to turn Cambodia into a purely Communist country, sending millions out into the countryside and deserting Cambodia’s once energetic cities. Intellectuals and city-dwellers bore the brunt of Pol Pot’s brutal regime initially, but disease, starvation and Khmer Rouge cruelty saw the death toll rise to an estimated two million, over a quarter of the population
Supporting Education with this Colouring Book
Cambodia remains the poorest Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) country with 35% still living in multidimensional poverty, despite recent economic growth (UNDP 2018).
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.
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).
The programs that we financially support through our ethical brand, Hope on Purpose, are implemented by local community members who are best placed to help their community.
Each colouring book sold funds a week of education for a child in need.