Cambodia Blogs

Stories from Cambodia

In Cambodia we are addressing sanitation problems and providing clean water in addition to helping to build the local financial services sector and ensure it serves the extremely vulnerable people that we work with.

Country Overview

We work with vulnerable families to build safe shelter. Following decades of war under the khmer rouge, the country has seen its level of poverty decline but huge inequalities persist. The food and economic crises in 2008 and 2009 led to high levels of rural to urban migration, predominantly to the capital Phnom Penh. When people faced the risk of eviction from rental housing, struggled to find employment and could not afford to provide their children with basic education.

Unsanitary and unhealthy living conditions also affect health. 1 in 5 people in Phnom Penh live in an informal settlement, or slum, and lacks access to basic services and secure tenure. Urban poverty in Cambodia worsened and people started settling in every conceivable empty space, from courtyards to rooftops, by the side of railway tracks and near riverbanks and swamps.


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