Our proudest moments that have brought us to where we are today

June 2016 - March 2017

  • Hands Across the World initiates the 'Interactive Teacher Training in Siem Reap'.
  • Often kind-hearted teachers, who never received any training or higher education themselves, are taking over the education of their village children.
  • To follow one of our mission points, EMPOWERMENT, we saw the need for teacher training, we acted, we organised and we celebrated success together.
  • Thank you for being part of the collaboration: www.whataboutstories.com (Arinda), Journeys within our Communities, The Australian Centre for Education, Helping Hands Cambodia, KidTEA, Sopheak Say and Pheaktra Kong
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July 2017

"Today I met Scott Neeson"

Our Hands Across the World laptops are a part of the Cambodian Children's Fund computer lab. The CCF lifts hundrets of children out of poverty who are living and working on a garbage dump, one of the most toxic environments imaginable. As the President of the 20th Century Fox International, Scott oversaw  the release and marketing of several top films of all time - including 'Braveheart', 'Titanic', 'Star Wars' and X-men'. Now he oversees the CCF.

Read all about it in our BLOG.



May 2016

  • In a once in a 70 years drought, Hands Across the World participates in the collaborative disaster relief action 'Water on Wheels'

May 2016

  • We are thrilled to have finished the new building-addition to protect the children from the heavy monsoon rains and to give some shade in all the remaining steaming hot hours of the day.

April 2016

  • English books are being provided for every student
  • Teacher's books and manuals are introduced and the teachers being trained
  • A curriculum, lesson plans and attendance lists are being set up 

July 2015

  •  Start of the 2nd school project under principal Kim Heak's wings, adding 210 children to the HATW school community
  • At this point Hands Across the World is supporting more than 600 children in in rural Cambodia



June 2015

  • Over a dozen volunteers came out to help pick olives from trees at Mount Helena, Australia
  • We were able to make olive oil and give them as gifts to all those who donated


March 2015

  • Currently 228 children attend classes
  • Nine classes are held a day by five teachers


February 2015

  • School principal registered with the 'Australian Centre of Education' in Siem Reap 
  • Construction of added bathroom facilities on the school premises commences

January 2015

  • Official registration of Kim Heak/Hands Across the World School with local council
  • Children attending school at this point: 130.
  •  Submitted audit (Department of Commerce, ACNC, ATO)
  • First deployment of Hands Across the World volunteers as pilot project
  • Hands Across the World CEO attends Child Protection Workshop in Siem Reap held by ConCERT Cambodia



November 2014

  • Start of the first Japanese classes (now taught in addition to English)
  • Commencement of construction of the volunteer accommodation.



October 2014

  • Built library with local resources on the school premises
  • Provided books and school supplies due to generous donations received



September 2014

  • Our Hands Across the World Tough Mudder team raised a lot of money for the school

August 2014

  • Our amazing Hands Across The World team, "Sweaty Beatroots", ran the City to Surf half-marathon to help fundraise and bring awareness to our cause 



August 2014

  • Hands Across the World's first annual general meeting took place
  • Discussed, planned and implemented future strategies
  • Exciting new ideas formed to help and support the children long term with a quality educational approach



May 2014

  • Second classroom was built with the help of local construction workers



March 2014

  • Funded more building material to protect the school during monsoon season


                         February 2014

  •  The advocacy team of the Somaly Mam Foundation/AFESIP (in cooperation with Hands Across the World) conducted workshops for the children and parents of the Chrey village to raise awareness and provide valuable advice

January 2014

  • Obtained DGR status.
  • Established and published our Child Protection Policy based on United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
  • Registration as Public benevolent institution
  • Registration as Charity with the ACNC.


December 2013

  • As Hands Across The World, we embarked our first official program with Kim Heak and the Chrey Village.
  • Provided school supplies, funded school benches, classroom fans


November 2013

  • Obtained ABN: 37494031745
  • We registered as an Incorporated Association with the Department of Commerce, Western Australia
  • Received Charitable Collections License No. 21659 and started fundraising for the school

July 2013

  • We travelled to Cambodia and met Kim Heak, a local Tuk-Tuk driver who started teaching very basic English to 30 children in a make-shift classroom beneath his stilt house.