We have been operating in Cambodia since 2006, working on projects in 40 villages in the provinces of Sihanoukville, Kampot and Kandal. In all our projects, we focus on young children as the starting point to encourage the country's socioeconomic development.

Why we work there

In Cambodia, we work to change the lives of thousands of girls and boys by helping them overcome the obstacles that prevent them from obtaining a quality education. In particular, our initiatives aim to provide pre-primary education, to support teachers, and to offer important information for the health and wellbeing of children. We work in the remotest rural areas of the country, where opportunities for change are declining and access to fundamental rights is becoming problematic.

In the province of Kandal, on the border with Vietnam, boys and girls of Vietnamese descent and their families are denied Cambodian citizenship.

This situation results in marginalisation, depriving the children in question of fundamental rights such as education and access to Cambodian state schools. This prevents them from becoming an integral part of the country’s social and economic fabric.

We work with families to reintegrate children who were sold and later fled from exploitation and violence. Data from Unicef shows that Cambodia is one of the world’s worst countries in terms of child trafficking. Many girls and boys are exploited and are often forced to turn to prostitution. In the capital, Phnom Penh, about 23,000 children live on the streets, while there are about 380,000 orphans across the country whose families are not able to provide for them.

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Country representative

Mary McCabe
Country Rapresentative

Country statistics

15,6 million



population below 5 years of age

23,9 years old

average age of the population

3.095 $

average annual income per capita


live below the poverty line

28,7 / 1000

under-five mortality rate


under-five malnutrition rate


illiteracy rate among over-15s


population over the age of 25 with a secondary school qualification


school dropout rate


child labour rate (5-14 years old)


happiness Index (on a scale of 1-10)

Source: Human Development Index 2016, United Nations Development Programmme (UNDP)