Cambodia’s worst drought in decades, brought on by El Niño, has left many of the most vulnerable without access to water. CARE and People in Need have been prioritizing those hardest hit—the old, the young, pregnant mothers, those with disabilities and those without access to any other support. 

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.

* For more comprehensive information about CARE Cambodia, please visit their country website





Project Name: Partnering to Save Lives – Chat! Contraception

Donors: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)


Lenny Letter: The App Teaching Cambodian Garment Workers About Their Sexual Health

Elana Berkowitz, CARE’s innovator in residence, was featured in a Q&A by the feminist news site Lenny Letter about Chat! Contraception, a CARE sexual and reproductive health program that empowers young female factory workers to make informed, healthy sexual choices in Cambodia.


Sen Shows How Empowering Women Benefits Everyone

Feeling inferior. Being ignored. Having limited control over decisions in her family. This was the situation Sen, 31, experienced every day.


Improved Livelihood for Young Rural Women in Cambodia

Women like Srey Eng, 20, who come from rural Cambodian farming families typically drop out of school early to help their families, all the while struggling to improve upon the traditional farming practices of their parents.


From Laborer to Leader: How Two Years of Training has Transformed Khen's Life

Khen, 25, used to earn money working as a laborer near her rural village in Cambodia. Her pay was based on available work, which was sporadic at best. She'd even contemplated migrating to look for a job.


Sophat: Wife, Peer Leader, Construction Worker

Sophat, 26, moved from her home province to Cambodia’s capital city four years ago and has been working in construction ever since.


After 20 years in construction, Kroeun finally feels safe at work

Kroeun, 52, has been working in construction for over 20 years.


Winners of CARE’s Scale X Design Challenge Awarded $450,000 to Scale Up Solutions to Poverty

The competition, the culmination of CARE’s Scale X Design Accelerator, aims to close the gap between innovation and impact