It’s Not About Me (Signed Paperback)

It’s Not About Me (Signed Paperback)

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“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.

Why choose us?

Ethically Made

These handmade products are made by women who have graduated from the sewing program at Human and Hope Association in Cambodia. This job enables them to earn an income at home, working at their own pace and taking care of their children at the same time. 

Proceeds Support Charity

Proceeds from your purchases support Human and Hope as we continue to empower communities to reduce inequality. We fund education, vocational training and community development programs run by local staff in rural Siem Reap, Cambodia.

MEET CHOMRONG

Chomrong has not only lifted her family out of poverty, but also now teaches her vocational skills to other women. As a child she left school early to work in construction for a dollar a day. After marrying and having three children, Chomrong wanted to change her life. She studied in HHA Cambodia's sewing program; excelled and set up her own business. From this, Chomrong built a new home, sends her children to school, and inspires other women in her role as a sewing teacher with HHA Cambodia.