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Top: Nen Aem feeds her chickens. Bottom: Ry Sarath shared that CWS assisted his family with vegetable seeds, drip irrigation, chickens, a water filter and latrine. Photo: CWS

Mr. Boris, Ang Primary School Headmaster, showing us the well and explain how it is important for them. 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 that is done in partnership with some of the country’s poorest people. In addition to families in rural communities, and their leaders, CWS has several Cambodian non-government organizations as well as the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission as key partners. Together, we work with local, provincial and national government colleagues to ensure CWS activities are aligned with the country’s long-term development plans, which are designed to support all Cambodians as they work to end hunger and poverty in their country.

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“We are no longer worried about not having enough food to eat”.

CWS Cambodia | August 27, 2019

Promoting Better Lives partner, Rural Development Association, works with families and communities by helping them know how to improve their diets to be more nutritious, especially for young children. And, they have helped families work to earn extra income by selling their surplus home-grown produce, eggs and fish so they can further improve their diets […]

Moving from Success to Success: One Man’s Journey to Success and Gratitude

CWS Cambodia | August 26, 2019

Last May (2018) the CWS Cambodia team proudly shared Ven’s story with friends and colleagues worldwide: Thanks to his early involvement with CWS, starting in 2007, Ven was an active participant and supporter of development activities in his village. With his knowledge, commitment and hard work, in addition to becoming a successful businessman, Ven was […]

From “Not Having Enough” To “Having More Than Enough”

CWS Cambodia | July 31, 2019

Vann Rin and his wife, Khoeun Norn are both 33 and their two daughters are 6 years old and 18 months old. Rin’s elderly mother lives with them in Boeung Popul village in western Cambodia. Like countless rural Cambodian families, their main food sources, and some income, is from rice farming. Rin farms two hectares […]

Never Too Old to Learn and Change

CWS Cambodia | June 17, 2019

As part of continuing efforts to help people improve their awareness and access to safe drinking water in rural Cambodia, CWS supports outreach activities about the importance of using clean water. There is a focus on storing water safely, too. Staff from CWS long-time partner, the Association for Development and Our Villagers’ Rights, recently reached […]

Sopheap’s First Steps on a Long Journey Toward a Better Family Life

CWS Cambodia | June 16, 2019

Oum Sopheap is a 64-year-old widow living in Nikom Kandal village in western Cambodia with her infant great granddaughter. Her two teenage grandchildren, whose parents died many years ago, are the breadwinners even though they are only 15 and 18 years old. Since she owns no land and is too old to work as a […]

Enough for All

CWS Cambodia | May 26, 2019

Len Kimlean is 49 and her husband Saing Phally is 55. With their two sons, who are 30 and 14, they live in a northern Cambodian village in Preah Vihear province. When CWS first met this family just two years ago, they were extremely poor farmers. Sometimes, they did not have enough food to eat, […]

Partnership for Improved Hygiene and Sanitation

CWS Cambodia | March 29, 2019

Recently, CWS Cambodia staff worked with administrators, teachers and parents of students at Rumdoah Srae Primary School in north central Cambodia to improve water access and build hand-washing stations in support of better hygiene at the school. As always, CWS included teaching-learning opportunities for the students and staff while the material improvements were being made. […]

With my producer group’s support, I can grow even more vegetables to sell in the future

CWS Cambodia | March 7, 2019

Chum Khoeun, who is 55, live with his wife Neang Nim, 59, and their three children in Boeng Popoul village in Battambang province, western Cambodia. His family’s main income is from the rice they grow on their 3 hectare (7-acre) farm. However, the lack of water means the family can never plant and harvest enough […]

A Community Leader Does Well While Also Doing Good

CWS Cambodia | January 20, 2019

A year ago, Sek Sok, who is 66 and a retired soldier, was elected to the Morokot Commune Council in Choam Ksant District in northern Cambodia, where he lives with his wife Sam Pho, who is 63, and their 16-year-old son, who is in Grade 11. Because he agreed to stay permanently in the area […]

CWS-supported Home Garden Producer Groups Expand Their Market Reach

CWS Cambodia | January 19, 2019

Recently, our CWS partner for Promoting Better Lives, the Rural Development Association, was invited by the Battambang Provincial Department of Agriculture to bring farmers and their products to a two-day, government-organized Safe Vegetable Exhibition, which had two main aims: first, to raise awareness about safe agricultural practice and second, to create demand for safe vegetables, […]

From Construction Worker to Passionate Community Development Professional

CWS Cambodia | December 27, 2018

Seng Sarin, who is 29 years old, is a Project Officer with CWS partner, Rural Development Association. He works in Battambang province in western Cambodia, having started working with RDA as a volunteer in 2009 and becoming a full-time program staff member in 2011. Since then Sarin has devoted his time and talents to many […]

My Family’s Situation Is Getting Better

CWS Cambodia | December 26, 2018

Duch Mein is 44 years old and he is married to Un Phun, who is 47, and with whom he has four children. The family lives in Tumpung Cheung village, Battambang province western Cambodia, where the family’s staple food – which is never enough for a full year – comes from farming on a half-hectare […]

CWS Asia learning exchange: spotlight on Cambodia

Ek Sothea - CWS Cambodia | December 14, 2018

This blog is the first in a four-part series focusing on CWS water, sanitation and hygiene programs in each of four Asian countries where we work. This one focuses on Cambodia. It’s important to know that the acronym WASH stands for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. CWS teams from across Asia gathered in Siem Reap, Cambodia […]

Rice Banks: An Invaluable Resource for Many Rural Cambodians

CWS Cambodia | November 28, 2018

Proeung Moeuk, who is 17, lives with his four siblings, who are 21, 14, 12 and 7, in Boeng Popoul village in Battambang province of western Cambodia. Tragically, they are orphans because their parents both died of illnesses in 2014 and 2016. While his two younger sisters and brother attend primary school, Moeuk quit school […]

Alongside Her Vegetables, Chreb’s Success, and Family, Grow!

CWS Cambodia | November 27, 2018

Chho Chreb is 24 and she lives with her husband Ros Pum, who is 32, and their five-year-old son in Sangkum Thmei village of Preah Vihear province, in northern Cambodia. Chreb and Pum are farmers who own just once hectare (100 square meters) of land on which they used to grow rice, mostly, which yielded […]

“Thank you for the well; it is very important to us!”

CWS Cambodia | October 23, 2018

Rural Development Association has been partnering with Ang Primary School since late 2016 to promote awareness about water, sanitation and hygiene; and, in 2017 supported school to add a well with water pump so students and teachers have clean water to help them have good hygiene and sanitation. In telling the school’s story of change, […]

“I have learned a lot, and I am confident …”

CWS Cambodia | October 22, 2018

Youn Oeun, who is 41, lives with his wife Chhoun Dieb, 38, in Krous village in western Cambodia. They have seven children between the age of 18 and 3. Oeun is a construction worker and the family does not own any farm land; so, the whole family relies solely on Oeun’s daily wage of about […]

Promoting Better Lives … One Family at a Time

CWS Cambodia | September 20, 2018

Tep Kosol is 49 and lives with her husband, Sin Choy, who is 66 and has been disabled and unable to work for about 10 years. They have four children between the ages of 24 and six; and, even with her eldest daughters’ help, when they left school to take jobs, Kosol has struggled to […]

Time After Time: CWS Support for Improved Hygiene and Sanitation Praised

CWS Cambodia | September 19, 2018

In early 2018 the CWS Cambodia team was able to support 11 primary schools in Preah Vihear Province of northern Cambodia with tried-and-true water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs to support better basic health and wellbeing for 2,613 students. Recently, gratitude to CWS for our WASH program support came from one of the 69 teachers […]

Testimony to CWS Commitment to Cambodia’s Rural Poor

CWS Cambodia | August 20, 2018

Sok Yan, 46, lives with her husband, Or Sereivuth, 47, and four children ages 25, 16, 14 and 4 in Rung Roeung 3 village in northern Cambodia. When she met CWS team members in 2006, Yan earned a living by selling vegetables from her garden while Sereivuth was a welder, which did not pay a […]

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