Country Info

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

Girls Most Likely to: Multiply What They’ve Learned

Girls Most Likely to: Multiply What They’ve Learned

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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.

Bipartisan Congressional Delegation Travels with CARE to See Better Solutions to Women’s Health in Cambodia

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Members of Congress witness how strong health systems create healthy, self-sufficient moms and families

WASHINGTON (Nov. 25. 2014) – A group of bipartisan members of Congress traveled with the poverty-fighting organization CARE to some of the poorest areas of Cambodia to learn how U.S. investments in health are saving lives and empowering communities. The members included Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., and Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill.

Teach a Woman to Farm and She Will Teach a Village

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In the Koh Kong province of Cambodia, CARE is tackling poverty by teaching women to become innovators. The Young Women in Business project helps women access employment and income opportunities in this area of Southwestern Cambodia where gender inequality is high and job opportunities are scarce.

Chim Srey Thorn, age 27, is one of these women who now runs her own business thanks to the training she got from CARE. Through the Young Women in Business project she learned how to raise livestock, manage a small business and handle finances. She also learned basic veterinary skills.