Tyler Girard

Human Rights Project , Cambodia

Human Rights Project, Cambodia

Cambodia has been amazing, in terms of both my general experience in the country and working with the Human Rights Project.  Of course, Nimol and Vanna have been a huge part of that, but the Khmer and expat individuals I’ve met have also been nearly universally welcoming, helpful, and inclusive.

The biggest project I’ve been working on is constructing a monitoring and evaluation framework for Freedom Collaborative, the online anti-trafficking platform for practitioners. Once completed, I’ll be assisting with the long-term strategic planning for the platform (essentially researching and assessing which countries should be targeted for expansion based on the state of collaboration among anti-trafficking stakeholders in the country).  Throughout my stay here, I’ll also be assisting with a literature review for a research project being conducted by The Human Rights Project and reviewing/analyzing research in general related to the work The Human Rights Project is doing.  To make a long story short, all of the work I am doing strongly relates to my previous educational experience and my research/writing strengths.

As for The Human Rights Project, I feel extremely fortunate to be working with such an amazing NGO. Helen Sworn, along with all of the Khmer and expat staff, have been wonderful in every possible respect.  What I find particularly interesting is their approach to being a faith-based NGO.  While they certainly do not hide the fact that they are a Christian organization, they strike an amazing balance between their faith and effectively conducting their work.  In other words, they do not let their personal beliefs interfere with achieving effective solutions for those in need, an admirable quality for faith-based and secular organizations alike.  I would absolutely recommend The Human Rights Project as a host organization for any future volunteers, I can’t praise them enough.

I hope all is well on your end, and thank you again for providing this incredible opportunity!