Undoubtedly she is not the first person to look upon the injustices of the world and wish to change them.
"Supergirl Sally" as she jokingly refers to herself on her blog was determined to make her contribution and promptly started supporting causes from "cleft palets in Bangladesh and homeless persons in Sydney, to orphans in Africa" as well as charities such as the Steve Waugh Foundation, Green Gecko and Rotary International.
However it was 'Anjali House' that convinced Sally to well and truly leave her comfort zone behind and accept an indefinite-length, unpaid position in Cambodia which sees her go far beyond her job description handling everything from volunteers to social media to the ever unpopular kids’ dentist visits.
Anjali House supports over 100 children and their families by providing free healthcare, education, food and drinks in order to help them break out of the poverty cycle.
Anjali has also invested in strategies to help the wider community, such as a microfinance project that allows local people to set up their own business, and a social worker who visits families in need and helps to sort through their issues.
This aspect is important to Sally, because she has seen that at times sustainability has not been high on the agenda for NGOs, and she believes it is vital to passing on education and skills to generations to come, though basic needs must also be met.
“I know society in general believes that by giving aid nothing is to be gained.”
“However if we don’t provide people with the basics like food and water, how are they supposed to have the energy to learn the skills necessary to take them from the poverty cycle?”
When asked how people who still feel overwhelmed by the issue of poverty – or really any social problem – can help, Sally’s enthusiasm pipes up again.
“There are plentyof ways people can help.”
“Money is of course a very important resource that every NGO needs, however skills and passion will also get you through.”
And particularly for those interested in helping alleviate poverty in places like Cambodia?
“My advice is to empower people, or give money to NGOs who you know will empower people, as the only way people in developing countries will be able to get out of [the] poverty cycle is by ultimately helping themselves.”
To keep up with Sally at Anjali House visit her website www.sallyhetherington.com