Over 1,000 Cambodian children die each year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.

people in Cambodia don't have access to safe water.

Over 9 million people don't have access to adequate sanitation in Cambodia.

Despite a growing tourism industry, Cambodia remains one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia. More than half the population lacks adequate sanitation.

The crisis

Cambodia is one of the least urbanized countries in Southeast Asia with over 80% of people living in rural areas, many in extreme poverty. It also has the lowest sanitation coverage – just one third of the country – and the second lowest water supply coverage in the region, with 4 million people having no access to safe water. As a result, over 1,000 children die each year from diarrheal diseases.

Cambodia has had a tumultuous recent past. Because of the devastation wrought by the Khmer Rouge regime, an entire generation of professionals was lost, creating major shortages of skilled engineers, technicians and health professionals. The first generation of post-conflict graduates is now emerging and there is an excellent opportunity to support these young people to build skills and drive their country's development.

Addressing this crisis is essential to Cambodia escaping its reliance on outside aid and developing economically. Without access to safe water and proper toilets close to home, people cannot go to school or work to support their families.

Our approach

In Cambodia, we will work with the Government to improve access to water, hygiene and sanitation for the very poorest people. We will also share our experience with policy-makers to ensure improvements are effective and long-lasting.

As in all the countries where we work, we will implement low-cost, simple technologies that communities can use and maintain themselves. We will prioritize those most in need, and those often excluded from basic services.

Our focus is on promoting the use of safe and hygienic toilets. We work together with other development organisations to improve sanitation practices and reduce the spread of diarrheal diseases.

Our impact

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Our program in Cambodia is at the pilot stage.