Why World Vision is in Cambodia

National elections in mid-2018 kept the ruling party in power. Despite a high voter turnout, many international governments refused to recognize the election’s validity because of potential corruption. The country is in the middle of review by the international community because of concerns that human rights and freedoms, especially in labor, aren’t being upheld. Positively, Cambodia’s higher education sector is attempting improvements like better access to and the quality of higher education. Overall, Cambodia is experiencing some instability. Concerns including malnourishment, poverty, lack of education, and child protection remain throughout the country for the most vulnerable families. Advocates are petitioning the government to make nation-wide changes to support those in need. Thanks to the generosity of our partners, children and families in need are getting support. In 2018, tens of thousands of people gained access to clean water and sanitation facilities to help improve their health in our project areas. Local health workers were trained to assess and treat kids suffering from illnesses, and malnutrition in particular. We’re also helping train teachers on how to better teach reading in hundreds of schools. And parents and caregivers are learning the importance of early childhood development for their kids’ education. Through child protection programs, communities were empowered to take ownership of systems to keep the most vulnerable people safe. We also equipped young people to lovingly transform their neighborhoods through youth-led community service projects, life skills training, and adult mentor relationships. Along with partners, we’re working at national levels to hold the government accountable to address vulnerable children’s needs through policies that keep them safe and support their well-being.

We never give up on people

World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.

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Progress in Cambodia

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • Through collaboration with partners like teachers, police and child protection groups, communities in Cambodia were trained on child rights, domestic violence and how to respond to cases of abuse.
  • In order to empower parents to care for their children, members of savings groups in Cambodia are able to contribute funds and receive loans to provide for specific needs, invest in businesses, and cope with shocks.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • Children in Cambodia are better protected from diarrhea and other diseases because of increased access to safe water at school and at home. Children also learned critical hygiene practices like washing their hands before eating.
  • Caregivers in Cambodia received training on nutrition practices like breastfeeding and nutritious meal preparation. These workshops focus on identifying positive practices already taking place in communities and local solutions to empower families to provide for children long-term.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • Through providing books to primary schools, libraries, and children's clubs and partnering with literacy coaches and tutors, support for chlidren's literacy is happening in Cambodia. With increased access to reading materials and extra help when needed, children are able to practice their skills more often and become stronger readers.

Prayer Requests from Cambodia

World Vision's staff in Cambodia are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • Parents and governments will take responsibility for protecting boys and girls from all forms of abuse.


  • The government will make education free and accessible to children of all grades.


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