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Sreymao and her kids are very happy to receive a water filter. Photo: CWS

Through regular outreach work among some of Cambodia’s poorest rural families, CWS staff met Choeun (first right) and, recognizing his work limitations, encouraged him to consider vocational training for motorbike repairing. He happily agreed, especially CWS could support him financially to join the course. Choeun is a quick learner and even while he is still in the course, he has already earned about $35 from his first motorbike repair job! Choeun and his family. Photo: CWS

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Sia says, “It is very good to learn how to cook a more nutritious food in a proper [hygienic] way for my child; now when I cook porridge for him, I will add more vegetables for sure”. Photo: CWS

CWS work in Cambodia began in 1979 with emergency food and medical relief, and continues today as a comprehensive, integrated rural development program for some of the country’s poorest rural communities and families.  Rural development initiatives are done in partnership with communities and their leaders as well as Bread for the World and the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission  as well as several Cambodian government ministries and departments.

Additionally, because of the need for access to safe water, CWS staffs a WASH Training Center in partnership with the Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology.  Center staff work throughout Cambodia to support governmental and non-governmental partners as they provide more Cambodians with access to safe water.

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Partners for Life and Better Living

CWS Cambodia | August 18, 2017

Hong Khoeun, age 55, and her husband Sim Kheang, age 60, live in Kam Prak village in northern Cambodia. They have a daughter Chrang in Grade 7 at a secondary school in a village that is about 20 kilometers from them, where she lives in a dormitory during the school week. In 2012, CWS began […]

Enjoyment and Satisfaction in Being a Change Agent

CWS Cambodia | August 17, 2017

CWS first met Chantha in January 2017 when he became a Community WASH Focal Persons for his village, Rung Chrey, in northwest Cambodia. Through CWS partner, Rural Development Association, Chantha joined with CWS Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Training Resource Center trainers to learn the basics about WASH promotion, including working to develop the skills […]

Reflecting on Decades of Devotion to Cambodia’s Development

CWS Cambodia | July 29, 2017

By Mao Sophal As CWS prepares to end its engagement in Cambodia next year, I joined with my colleagues in Kampong Thom province to celebrate 24 years of partnering with families, communities and local government, as they work with us to improve their food security, health, education and access to clean water. CWS started working […]

I never expected this opportunity in my life … to have skills and … choices

CWS Cambodia | June 13, 2017

Choeun Seam and his wife Ra Aei are both thirty something, and their sons are 3- and 8-years old. Now the family lives in Rung village in central Cambodia but, before, when Choeun worked as a daily wage laborer they moved around to different communities to find work to earn a subsistence living. In addition […]

Promoting Better Lives in Rural Cambodia: Better Lives Indeed for Touch and His Family

CWS Cambodia | June 12, 2017

Touch Oeun, 41, lives with his wife Kun Pich, 37, and their 9-year-old son in Rung Chrey village in western Cambodia. Also staying with the family are the 3- and 7-year-old daughters of Touch’s niece because she has migrated to the Thai border for work. The two older children go to the local school. The […]

Progressing from Surviving to Thriving with CWS Support

CWS Cambodia | May 15, 2017

Mr. Khan Sokhem is 42 years old and lives with his wife, Khun Chnnim, who is 37, and their four daughters, in Choam Ksant village, northern Cambodia. Three of the girls, who are 15, 13 and 7 attend school, while their 2-year-old sister is at home. Before becoming involved with CWS, Sokhem and his family […]

One Boy’s ‘Internal Advocacy’ For His Family’s Wellbeing

CWS Cambodia | May 10, 2017

Chhaem Chhoeng, 11, lives with his parents, who are farmers, and his older brother Chhaem Poh, who is 14) in a small village in central Cambodia. Chhoeng attends primary school with around 200 other children and he recently joined his school’s WASH awareness raising activities where he was happy to lean about different water safety, […]

Confidence and Others’ Trust Put Tun In the Running

CWS Cambodia | April 10, 2017

Mrs. Loeng Tun, who is 32, lives with her husband Eam Ae, 37, who is a rice farmer and their 6-year-old daughter in Kampong Pon village in central Cambodia. Since 2014 Tun has joined in CWS community development activities, including a saving group, community health promotion activities and mushroom and vegetable growing; and she has […]

Doing Better, with CWS Support, the Second Time Around

CWS Cambodia | April 6, 2017

Loy Koemsat is 40 years old and lives with his wife, Yong Chem, and two daughters in Kouk Kduoch village in northwest Cambodia. Koemsat earns about $5 a day as a laborer and from selling insects, such crickets and grasshoppers, which he collects in the forest. Wanting to improve his family’s life, and to learn […]

Strength from Within: A Cambodian Village Story

CWS Cambodia | March 21, 2017

Home to just 315 people, Sok San is a tiny isolated community in northern Cambodia’s Battambang province that can only be reached from a small footpath from a main road through the area, which is mountainous and full of challenges. Malaria risk is high in Sok San, and there are uncounted numbers of landmines still […]

Cambodian Self-Help Groups Remain Strong After CWS Active Support Ends

CWS Cambodia | March 17, 2017

Ms. Koeun Leang, who is 28, lives in Sen Rung Roeung village in northern Cambodia with her husband, Chhin Tab, who is 29 and a farmer who also works as a wage laborer. They have three children ages four to nine, and the two older ones attend the village school. Leang is a Village Health […]

Clean Water Supports Better Health

CWS Cambodia | March 12, 2017

Recently, Promoting Better Lives (PBL) project partner, Rural Development Association (RDA), supported the community by distributing water filters to 269 families from 17 villages. One recipient was Mrs. Haeuy Sreymao who is 26 and lives with her two young children in Ang Chueng village in northwest Cambodia. Her husband Eng Noeun, 37, has is a […]

Mushroom Growing At Home Helps a Family Improve Its Life

CWS Cambodia | February 22, 2017

Ms. Kem Sopheap, who is 31, lives in Tmat Paeuy village in northern Cambodia with her husband Khourn Chanthan, who is 35 and a farmer, and their three children, ages 9 to 16, who are all fortunate to be able to go to school. Recently, Sopheap joined a CWS-hosted educational session about vegetable and mushroom […]

CWS Support Helps a Community WASH Volunteer Excel

CWS Cambodia | February 18, 2017

Mr. Nub Chantha became a Focal Person in his community, Rung Chrey village, in August 2016 when he joined CWS WASH TRC trainers to learn the basics about WASH promotion and then to work to develop the skills he needs to lead community education activities. From having little knowledge of the subject of water and […]

Choam Srae Villagers Leverage CWS Support to Improve Water Access and Quality

CWS Cambodia | January 12, 2017

Because of a long-damaged retaining wall at their local dam, water is often in short supply in Choam Srae village in northern Cambodia. And, even though the village has six ring wells and four hand pumps, each dry season, nearly 1,000 people in more than 200 families face water shortages. And, from February to June […]

CWS Names Sophal Mao as Country Representative for Cambodia

CWS | January 5, 2017

Bangkok, Thailand Church World Service Asia Regional Coordinator, Leslie Wilson, is pleased to announce that Sophal Mao is the organization’s new Country Representative for Cambodia effective January 1, 2017. Having worked with CWS since 2001, Sophal began as a Credit Advisor and progressed to the most senior program leadership role, where she oversaw all CWS […]

Peer-to-Peer Sharing Helps Women Learn More About Good Nutrition

CWS Cambodia | December 28, 2016

Ms. Pha Phearun, who is 45, is the village chief of Kouk Sralau, Preah Vihear Province in northern Cambodia. She lives with her husband, who is a rice farmer, and their three children who are between 13 and 26 years old. The oldest child, a son, is disabled; the older daughter is married and helps […]

Lyka Expands His Business with CWS Technical Support

CWS Cambodia | December 2, 2016

Young Lykha, 33, lives with his wife and child in Sra Aem Khang Chheung village in Preah Vihear province, northern Cambodia. Lykha earns a small income by rice farming and raising pigs with his family. When he was selected to be a Village Livestock Agent in 2005, Lykha gained knowledge and skills about best practice […]

Promoting Sanitary Latrines As a Key to Better Family Health and Wellbeing in Rural Cambodia

CWS Cambodia | November 15, 2016

Horn Sophea is 37 and he lives with his wife, Bet Thi, and their two children in Char village of Kampong Thom province in central Cambodia. Sophea was selected by his neighbors to be a Village Development Committee member in 2013. Three years on, he is happy to say, “In July this year, I became […]

A Cambodian ‘Model Mom’ Helps Her Neighbors

CWS Cambodia | November 14, 2016

Twenty-eight-year-old Dim Sang is a Village Development Committee member who lives with her husband Kong Sambath and their seven month old daughter in Choam Ksant village of Preah Vihear province in northern Cambodia. Sang is also considered to be a model mother in her village following her education and training about maternal and child health […]

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