Promoting Better Lives in Rural Cambodia

Promoting Better Lives in Rural Cambodia


Haeuy Sreymao and her family were one of 269 families to receive water filters in February 2017. Sreymao will use the filter to ensure that her children have clean, safe water to drink. Photo: Rural Development Association

Our team in Cambodia, together with partner Rural Development Association, reached nearly 3,500 families this year with programs designed to help increase food security and household income through better home gardening and poultry raising. Community information sessions about nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, sanitary latrine use and safe water led to improvements in family wellbeing, especially for children.

Climate change adaptation was a key part of CWS food security programs this year as Cambodia’s farmers faced dramatic shifts between too much and not enough rain. Through a combination of information sharing and material support – chicks and vegetable seeds – our team supported families as they became more food secure. This year, 71 percent of families that CWS partnered with were considered food secure at the end of the year, compared to 39 percent at this time last year. Of those who participated in the program, 29 percent said that length of their annual food shortages decreased from 12 months to six. The number of severely underweight children in these families dropped from four percent last year to 0.3 percent this year, a result that families attributed to having more nutritious foods and better home hygiene.

Our team continued to partner with community mobilizers and educators for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, known as WASH. WASH mobilizers use the skills and knowledge gained from their work with CWS to increase awareness in their communities, especially among school children, about preventing disease transmission by improving sanitation and hygiene.

Volunteers also promote safe water use and storage. Combined with other community development activities, safe water can help reduce malnutrition in many households.

This year, CWS programs in Cambodia reached
21,373 individuals
in 83 communities.