Housing poverty in Cambodia
- Individuals served in 2016: 52,135
- Volunteers hosted in 2016: 1,444
- Projects: water & sanitation, construction, disaster response
Families living in slums are breaking the cycle of poverty by working with us to develop durable, affordable homes.
Following decades of war under the khmer rouge, Cambodia 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.
Since 2003, we have worked with more than 10,000 families to improve their living conditions.
With our help and that of our local partners, these same families are getting training in skills that will help them earn a living and sustain that income.
Together we are:
And because we are working with vulnerable groups in Cambodia, we also work to provide the support of social workers who can make sure they are coping with new work patterns and new housing.
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