CARE’s work in Cambodia

CARE has been working with Cambodians since 1973, providing relief and development assistance within Cambodia and subsequently to Cambodian refugees on the Thai border. The office in Phnom Penh re-opened in 1990 and today we focus on empowering particularly marginalised and vulnerable women in Cambodia.

CARE works with hundreds of thousands of people in Cambodia, particularly women who have migrated to urban areas, women and girls from ethnic minorities and rural women who are denied multiple rights.

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Economic opportunities for women

CARE works to enable women to have access to decent work by ensuring they receive fair terms within their employment, supporting opportunities for women to generate sustainable income at home and developing economic leaders within communities to advocate for the needs of women. This includes empowering women to make informed decisions about their finances and supporting them to plan for unforeseen emergencies.

We work to ensure women – particularly those from ethnic minorities – have secure access to resources and diverse livelihood opportunities to increase their resilience to climate change and natural disasters. We train women to have improved agricultural skills so their livelihood activities are prosperous.

Read how CARE is supporting women farmers and garment workers:

Developing female leaders in agriculture

CARE Cambodia's work with the garment industry

Read case studies:

How providing a trusted place to save helps women prepare for emergencies

Integrated farming skills help Koh Kong woman to lead family's income

Young woman in Koh Kong shows how Cambodian women can have it all

Healthy finances are helping women have healthy babies

Tackling gender-based violence

CARE works to prevent, protect women from and respond to all forms of gender-based violence. We train women about their rights and work with government, local authorities and the private sector to influence them to be more accountable. We engage with men and boys to change attitudes and behaviours which contribute to gender inequality and place women at risk.

Women’s health rights

CARE aims to ensure women have the freedom to make informed choices about their sexual, reproductive and maternal health. Our teams support health services to provide quality care, improve health knowledge at community level and ensure marginalised women have access to health services without discrimination or stigmatisation. We encourage women to be vocal in improving the governance of health services and holding authorities accountable.

Inclusive education

CARE’s successful multilingual education model is being scaled up across Cambodia. We continue to support secondary education approaches which are sensitive to the needs of girls from ethnic minorities and to address barriers which prevent girls from accessing education. We work to ensure the priorities of ethnic minority communities are represented in education planning and to improve school governance so they are accountable to their communities.

Women’s voices

CARE aims to ensure the issues and needs of women are heard by stakeholders from national to community level and within families. At the same time, we work with women to ensure they have the knowledge, skills, confidence and access to express themselves, make informed decisions and represent themselves at many levels to develop the leaders of the future.

You can directly support poor entrepreneurs in Cambodia

Our Lendwithcare programme works with local microfinance institution partners to offer loans to people in poor communities who are starting or building up a small business. Find out more about Lendwithcare and how you can make a small loan directly to an entrepreneur in Cambodia.

About CARE

Founded in 1945 to send 'CARE packages' to people recovering from war, we have been fighting poverty in the world’s poorest countries for 75 years.

CARE's impact

We work in 104 countries around the world, saving lives in emergencies and finding long-term solutions to poverty for millions of people every year.

Our aims

We empower women and girls to fulfil their potential – because when one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings her family and community with her.

Your support

Your support is what makes our poverty-fighting work possible. You can trust us to spend our funds wisely and effectively to help people in need.

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