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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

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 […]

A Grandmother and Village Health Volunteer Team Up to Help a Toddler Grow Strong and Healthy

CWS Cambodia | August 19, 2018

Oeun E is the Village Health Volunteer of Sophy village in western Cambodia. E lives with his wife and their four children, ages 16 to 19, two of whom are in secondary school. Unfortunately, the other two dropped out of school and help the family earn money with farm work. Besides being committed to helping […]

Facing the Complex Challenges of Poverty in Rural Cambodia: Hope Springs Eternal

CWS Cambodia | July 24, 2018

Nhep* and her husband Oeun* lead one of seven landless families in their village in western Cambodia – and being landless is only one of the challenges they face. Nhep and Oeun have five children ranging from three to 20 years old. One of their biggest challenges is the fact that Nhep, Oeun and their […]

“I want all the women to have a better understanding of good health and hygiene.”

CWS Cambodia | July 22, 2018

Noun Rany, who is 29 years old, lives in Tumpung Cheung village in western Cambodia with her rice farmer husband, Hing Ryna, who is 33 and their two daughters, who are 9 and 2. Rany joined CWS-supported development activities in late 2016 to help her family improves its situation, and now she is very active […]

Gratitude and Shared Pride After a Decade of Partnership

CWS Cambodia | June 20, 2018

Phan Oeun is now 46 and has been a CWS partner for more than a decade from her home in northern Cambodia, where she lives with her husband, You Ron, 52, and their two grown children who were middle school age when the family first met CWS. Now Ron is a Village Livestock Agent and […]

Now We Can Also Send Our Girls to School

CWS Cambodia |

Loy Koemsat is 42 and lives with his wife, Yong Chem, who is 40, and their two daughters in northwest Cambodia. Not too long ago Koemsat earned about 20,000 Riel ($5) a day for his labor when he could find work during planting and harvesting seasons and from collecting and selling crickets and grasshoppers in […]

Everybody Poops. And Everybody Should Have a Dignified Place To Do It.

Ryan Shanley | June 19, 2018

Imagine I have a bottle of water. There’s a plastic seal on the cap. I unwrap the plastic seal, twist off the cap and take a sip. You wouldn’t see anything wrong with that, the bottle of water is clean. Now, imagine I take a piece of hair and place it in a piece of […]

All in the Family: Cambodia

CWS Cambodia | May 18, 2018

Proeung Touch is 61 years old and he lives with his much younger wife, Vann Chhorvy, who is only 45 years old, but unable to work outside their home because of a long-term illness, which costs the family a great deal of money for treatment besides. They have four children, ages eight to 21, and […]

Not Quite Rags to Riches, But Close Enough!

CWS Cambodia | May 17, 2018

Bun Ven, who is 44, lives with his wife, Heng Samoeut, who is 39, and their daughter in Tuek Kraham village in northern Cambodia. These days Ven earns a good living by rice farming and raising chickens with his family, and by helping other poor farmers work hard to improve their lives. However, when he […]

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