CWS Asia


In Cambodia CWS helps communities access clean, safe water for drinking, cooking and cleaning. Photo: CWS

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

Overview |

CWS work in Cambodia began in 1979 with emergency food and medical relief at the end of the Khmer Rouge era, and continues today as a comprehensive, integrated rural development program, Promoting Better Lives in Rural Cambodia, that is done in partnership with some of the country’s poorest people.

In addition to families in rural communities, and their local and government leaders, CWS has several Cambodian non-government organizations as well as the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission , Week of Compassion, Latter-day Saints Charities, Christian World Service New Zealand, the Global Network for Disaster Reduction and the Myers Family Foundation as funding and program partners. Together, we work with local, provincial and national government colleagues to ensure CWS activities, which focus primarily

    • water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) – recently focused to address COVID-19 risks
    • food security (also related to COVID-19 relief) and home-based, farming-related livelihoods and
    • disaster risk reduction, including advocacy to raise community voices to government, and climate change adaptation to help families find ways to avoid distress migration for work

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.

Latest News

Hope In the Midst of Loss and Struggle

CWS Cambodia | January 7, 2021

With funding from Later-Day Saint Charities’ 2020 holiday Giving Machines, CWS and Cambodian partners have been able to work with some of Cambodia’s most acutely vulnerable subsistence farmers this year. These are families who own tiny land plots at best. Many have no land at all. In the remote rural areas where CWS works, all […]

A Vocational Course Helps A Girl Child Follow Her Dream

CWS Cambodia | October 11, 2020

In honor of #DayoftheGirl, meet 15-year-old Sreynong (pictured on the right). She lives with her widowed mother in western Cambodia. The family grows an herb called culantro in a small home garden and sells it in order to earn a living, but it’s never enough. Sometimes they don’t have enough food, and Sreynong dropped out […]

CWS and Partners Continue Supporting Families and Communities

CWS Cambodia | June 24, 2020

In the face of COVID-19, CWS teams in Asia are keeping our pledge to ensure that, especially in times of crisis, there is enough for all. Our work is being done, as ever, with partner organizations and community leaders. With emergency food assistance in Cambodia and increased food allowances for unaccompanied refugee children in Indonesia, […]

CWS and Partners Are Helping COVID-19-affected Families

CWS Cambodia | June 5, 2020

Last week and next week, the CWS team and partners in Cambodia are sharing emergency food – rice, oil and fish sauce – with more than 700 families in Battambang and Preah Vihear provinces. Families were prioritized for support because their breadwinners have lost their jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 threat. The newly-unemployed […]

CWS Cambodia Team and Partners Help Communities Prepare for COVID-19 Coping

CWS Cambodia | April 23, 2020

In the COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia, like all countries, continues battling many social and economic problems. These are in addition to public health issues, including the ones now presented by the coronavirus. Of course, the new rules put in place to try to contain the virus are necessary. They will prevent further harmful health impacts. This […]

Starting with Rice: Making Sure There Is ‘Enough for All’ in One Cambodian Family

CWS Cambodia | December 31, 2019

Bou Doeun, who is 46 years old, lives with her husband and their eight young children in Boeng Ahrak village of Battambang province in western Cambodia. Besides being an exceptionally large family, even by rural Cambodian standards, this family is landless. With help from local government and the Buddhis community pagoda, they built a small […]

Shared Pride in Promoting Better Lives in Rural Cambodia!

CWS Cambodia | November 27, 2019

Em Kimsour, is 38; her husband, Ros Samnang, is 41, and their four children are aged four to 13. They live in Choam Ksant village in northern Cambodia, where they are subsistence farmers. Though the family is poor, the older children are lucky enough to attend school – even though it has been a struggle […]

Cambodian Families Attain Their Right to Water!

CWS Cambodia | November 25, 2019

Boeung Snul village in western Cambodia is home to 244 families. Among other difficulties, these poor families struggle to access water, especially during the dry season. At great cost, which most people cannot afford, people buy bottled water to use sparingly in the driest months. To help people address this challenge, which is pervasive in […]

Growing Appreciation for the Value of Growing Produce Together

CWS Cambodia | October 27, 2019

In August, 12 women and 7 men who are community leaders and Commune Council members in provinces where CWS works with agriculture Producer Groups in Cambodia joined a three-part training course about Group Business Management and Market Development. The course was organized by CWS and facilitated by the ACT Cambodia Forum Agricultural Markets Coordinator for […]

One Cambodian Family’s Gratitude for Small Gains

CWS Cambodia | October 25, 2019

Yos Sokny is 40 and lives with her husband, Phon Daoy, 44, and their three children, ages four to 17, in a western Cambodian village. The family does not own land. So, they live on public land alongside railroad tracks in a very vulnerable situation. To live they rely mostly on Daoy’s income from being […]

There’s No Place Like Home

CWS Cambodia | October 3, 2019

Prom Bunthoeun is 52 years old, and he and his wife, Yorn Sarem, who is 48, have three children ages 17 to 23. The family’s village is called Nikom Kandal, and it is in Battambang province in western Cambodia near the border with Thailand. In the past, the family’s income was from daily wage labor […]

Views from the Frontline 2019: Disaster Risk Assessment Continues Raising Grassroots Perspectives

CWS Cambodia | October 2, 2019

Funded by European Commission through the Global Network for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), Views from the Frontline 2019 is a project being implemented in 50 countries across Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa. The project is designed to seek and understand perspectives on risk and resilience in remote villages and towns across […]

“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 […]

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