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Collegue runs the Paris Marathon & raises over £600 for HOPE

Kristina runs the Paris Marathon for HOPE

Last weekend Jo’s colleague, Kristina, at the Responsible Hospitality Partnership took up the awesome challenge of participating in the Paris marathon, that’s running 26.2 miles in the wonderful city of Paris!

You may remember this is where HOPE started their journey 5 years ago, when Tanya took on her first charity ride. Read Tanya’s story here!

Kristina’s run started at the Avenue des Champs-Elysees, downhill towards the Place de la Concorde before turning into Rue de Rivoli. Passing along the way some of Paris’ most famous sights including the Louvre, the Place de la Bastille, the Seine, the Pont Neuf and the Eiffel Tower. Continued…

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Raising funds and HOPE’s profile in Sunny Oxfordshire

Silk Lab Products

The Talking Shop in Sandford-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, is a great place for raising funds and networking! Planning our time to coincide with gift buying for next week’s Mothering Sunday we set up a Silk Lab stall in the heart of the community. Continued…

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First Step Cambodia – The Class of 2014

Class of 2014

HOPE are delighted to share news from First Step Cambodia and are proud supporters of this great project and much needed training! Read on to hear their thanks…

After 10 months, and 352 hours of teaching, presentations, group work and role plays – the FSC Social Work Training ‘Class of 2014′ graduated today. Continued…

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Work Experience for young adults in Siem Reap

Being responsible tourism enthusiasts we are very pleased to see how work experience in hotels is having such a positive impact on the students at Salariin Kampuchea. Keep up the great work Naro you are an asset to the school! Continued…

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Life Skills Presentations from the Young Adults at Salariin Kampuchea

Life Skills Presentations

We’re so impressed with the Life Skills student’s presentation skills we wanted to share them with you! And what better way to say thank you!

It’s a great demonstration to show first hand the impacts of attending Life Skills classes has on the students. Continued…

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Silk Lab Stall at The Talking Shop, Sandford-On-Thames

Silk Lab Products in Sandford’s Talking Shop

On the last two Saturdays before Christmas Jo and Thomas set up a stall at the Talking Shop in Sandford-On-Thames raising more money for HOPE. Each week local producers sell their wares at the Sanford Village Hall.

We joined the Christmas festivities and managed to raise over £200 from people wanting to buy last minutes presents for their families.

With similar values to our own, the Talking Shop is a local group of volunteers working to provide opportunities for the local community to get together and to bring valuable resources back to the village. Continued…

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Amy’s Amazing Angkor Race

Amy in the temples!

Long term supporter and avid runner Amy Burdis took up the challenge of running the Angkor Marathon, raising some well needed funds for HOPE! Her justgiving page is still open should you wish to make a donation and show your support. Continued…

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6 Valuable Weeks at TLC

Raechel working hard at the TLC Offices

Back in September, Raechel, a PwC consultant taking some time out to travel, approached H.O.P.E looking for a volunteer position for over a month.  We were able to match her valuable skills with the needs of one of our Partner organisations, TLC.  She has kindly written a blog of her experience and we are delighted by her closing remark “I can only urge people to continue to support H.O.P.E. and This Life Cambodia so this team can spread their support to as many communities as possible”. Continued…

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Thomas Reviews First Step Training – Week 3

First Step Training – Siem Reap

Whilst Thomas, Trustee Jo’s husband, is in Siem Reap he gets the opportunity to meet Alistair Hilton, Technical Advisor at First Step, and reviews at first hand the First Step Training.

Nineteen participants from various NGOs eagerly join in the discussions at the Khmer Learning Institute in Siem Reap as the local social work trainers encourage the participants to employ critical thinking, reflection and analysis. Continued…

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Salariin Kampuchea Life Skills Students visit the Pacific Hotel

Life Skills Students

Enthusiastic Life Skills Students visited the Pacific Hotel in Siem Reap to get a better idea of how a hotel operates in a busy tourist centre. With the boom of tourism in the town there are good opportunities for young adults in HOPE supported projects for those students wanting to work in the hotel industry.

Here’s a short report written by Naro the Educational Manager at Salariin Kampuchea outlining the outing.  Continued…

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