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Lykha joined a CWS-organized refresher session on basic veterinary skill, where he was please to get some new information about proper shelter and cage maintenance, water management and feeding, plus virus protection and vaccinations. After the workshop, he provided veterinary services in his district. Photo: CWS


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

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New well for Sen Sytha and her neighbors in Ou Kach village, Cambodia. 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.

Latest News

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 […]

Rice banks: ending hunger many grains at a time!

CWS Cambodia | November 8, 2016

Imagine, for a moment, that you are a poor farmer in rural Cambodia. You and your husband or wife are trying to make ends meet and take care of your young children. There are only 65 or so families in your community. Most are in the same situation you are – trying to get by […]

Winter melon help improving family’s nutrition

CWS Cambodia | October 18, 2016

In 2015, Chhundy joined an educational workshop led by a CWS team member. She learned how to grow different, more nutritious vegetables, like sponge gourd, broccoli and winter melon. Chhundy chose to grow winter melon, which is more affordable to grow and easier to sell than other vegetables. Winter melon is loaded with nutritious vitamins […]

Seeds, tools, training and initiative: a recipe for success!

CWS Cambodia | October 11, 2016

Chann Sim, who is 61, lives with his wife Ek Mon, who is 55, and their three children in Choam Ksant village in northern Cambodia. Sim owns one-third acre of land for the family’s house and home gardening and another 2.5 acres where Sim plans rice once each year, which is all that’s possible because […]

Family’s health is improving thanks to drinking clean water

CWS Cambodia | October 10, 2016

Chhueng Touch and her daughters used to drink directly from a river near their home in Cambodia, leading to preventable health challenges. They then had to use their limited income to treat the illnesses. The family were among 65 families in their community who received a water filter and water and sanitation classes through a […]

How can you change the lives of nine families in just seven meters?

CWS Cambodia | September 29, 2016

No, it’s not a trick question. Sen Sytha and her neighbors in Ou Kach village, Cambodia, faced water shortages each year when the stream that was their water source dried up. When CWS and a partner provided the materials and training they needed to build a seven-meter deep ring well, the families constructed the well […]

CWS support micro-business management group

CWS Cambodia | September 9, 2016

Seang Thearith is 24 and lives with his wife, Phat Sokha, and their two children in Tmat Paeuy village in northern Cambodia. When Thearith was introduced to CWS along with other people in Tmat Paeuy, he was encouraged to join the micro-business management group while Sokha joined the savings group. As part of CWS integrated […]

A dedicated woman. A stronger community.

CWS Cambodia | September 8, 2016

Saron Nith is 35 years old, and until recently she could not read or write. She lives in Robonh village in Cambodia, where she is part of a Village Development Committee and is an active health volunteer. She has mobilized the community to improve the condition of the community’s road, and she encourages families to […]

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