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.

  • World Vision led trainings on positive discipline methods and equipped parents with tools to discipline their children in a healthy way.
  • Children's rights are being actively monitored in Cambodia. Child protection committees were formed in several communities to advocate for child safety. As necessary, the committees provided training and resources to help care for children and discipline them in a positive and productive way.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • More women gave birth in health care facilities in Cambodia. Additionally, mothers were trained on how to prepare nutritious meals for their kids using local and fresh ingredients. Altogether children are benefitting from more timely healthcare and healthier meals.

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.

  • Reading camps were a key aspect of students' success in Cambodia. The extra support helped students have access to resources to improve their literacy.
  • In Cambodia, student are seeing their classrooms transformed for the better. New resources and training for teachers improved their school environments in marked ways, giving students new opportunities to advance their educations.

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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Matthew 25: Protecting children through prayer

Child labor and exploitation, female genital mutilation (FGM), and human trafficking are among the greatest evils in the world. Pray with us for an end to all harm against children and for World Vision’s work to protect children.