Almost a third of Cambodia’s 14 million people live on less than half a US dollar a day.
Spiraling inflation has caused sharp rises in the cost of food, and property investors have forced many poor communities from their homes and land, leaving them with no way to grow food or make a living. Healthcare services and education are inadequate and Cambodia depends greatly on overseas aid. Although Cambodia is rich in natural resources such as oil, gas and timber, exploitation of these is devastating the environment, and widening the gap between the rich and the poor.
CAFOD in Cambodia
CAFOD has been working in Cambodia since 1980 and continues to support poor and vulnerable communities through:
- Helping people living with HIV and AIDS access medicine and earn a better income; educating people about the virus and working to eradicate discrimination.
- Supporting communities, especially indigenous people, to access land titles, protect their forests and to increase food supply and income through organic farming.
- Supporting communities, especially women, to influence and become involved in, local government.
Yong Va, 71, lives in the community of Samrong Mean Chey. She makes and sells rice cakes, thanks to a loan from our partner Salvation Centre Cambodia (SCC).
I joined a group set up by SCC and they gave me a loan of £50, which I used to buy pots and pans and ingredients to make my cakes. I don’t have to pay interest on the loan, and this means I can save some money each month for the future. I hope the people who support CAFOD have a long life. May God bless you.”