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CARE worked in Cambodia between 1973 and 1975, distributing food, providing medical assistance and improving education. From 1975 onwards CARE worked to support the millions of Cambodian refugees who fled the Khmer Rouge and were living in camps along the Thai-Cambodian border.

In 1990, we returned to Cambodia, working with the United Nations to help 370,000 Cambodian refugees return to their homes. Over the years, CARE has shifted its focus in Cambodia from short-term, vital relief operations, to long-term projects in health, education and rural development.


Our Work in Cambodia

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.


There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

Latest News from Cambodia

Cambodia: Healthy Finances, Healthy Babies

Cambodia: Healthy Finances, Healthy Babies

Uy Phom is an energetic young mother from Koh Kong in Cambodia who is helping ensure that her savings group is about more than just money. Under her leadership, women who come together to add to their savings each week are linking healthy finances with healthy children.

Phom has been trained by CARE to act as a Village Agent, responsible for providing support to saving and loans groups and helping the Village Health Support Group to share health messages with community members. Each week when group members gather, she uses this opportunity to add a few minutes of information at...

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Cambodia: A trusted place to save can help women prepare for emergencies

When Chan’s son suddenly became ill, she knew she needed to take him to the hospital. But the hospital was far away and she did not know how much she would have to pay to get her son the medical care he needed. Fortunately, she was member of a community savings group and was able to quickly get a loan to cover her expenses.

Chan was able to get this assistance quickly because she is a member of a community savings group called a VSLA. She saves just over USD $1 each week with them, which allows her access to the accumulated funds as a loan with a small rate of interest. Fortunately...

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Girls Most Likely to: Multiply What They’ve Learned

In 2003 the Highland Children’s Education Project started in Ratanakiri, Cambodia, opening the first community schools in six ethnic minority villages. Three of these villages were of the Kreung ethnic group and three were of the Tampuen ethnic group.

Lun Pheat, Nen Thu, Vin Sa Chhnoeum, and Ravae Saphea were four girls among the first group of children who started grade 1 that year. They started their studies learning to read and write in their own language and were gradually introduced to Khmer, the national language. By grade 4, 100% of their studies was in Khmer.


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Girls Lead the Way in Cambodia

In ethnic minority communities in Cambodia’s remote northeast province of Ratanakiri, heavy housework demands and classes taught in a language that children did not understand led to a large...

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Beer Selling Industry Cambodia

BSIC is improving the health, safety and working conditions of beer promoters by setting industry standards.

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CARE’s work with marginalised women in Cambodia to reduce gender-based violence

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Improving Health Service Delivery in Cambodia


Findings from the CARE Learning Tour to Cambodia

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Empowering Women Through VSLAs in Cambodia

Ms. Seam Mak, 39-year-old, was born in Prang village, Koh Kong province and currently, she has living in Kompong Sdam village, Chrouy Svay commune, Sre Ambel district, Koh Kong province when she got married.

Her father passed away when she was just a baby, Mak has 9 siblings plus her mother, total, 10 members in the family. The family depended on the money her mother and older siblings could earn fishing, but this only just provided enough for them to eat and there was never any money for her to go to school. Instead, from a young age, Mak contributed to the family’s income by...

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No Harrassment is Tolerated

Sovanna went from a life where she felt constantly at risk of sexual harrassment at work, and on the precarious edge of stability, to feeling safe, educating her peers, and saving to open her own...

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