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Capital: Phnom Penh

Language: Khmer

Population: 16 million

Plan International has been operating in Cambodia since 2002, helping poor children access their rights to education, health, sustainable livelihoods and protection. Our work benefits more than 500,000 children and reaches nearly 68,000 families in 38 communities.

Plan International's top priorities include striving to increase primary school completion rates, raising sexual and reproductive health awareness among adolescents and reducing maternal and infant mortality rates.

Since partnering with local government to ensure all citizens have registered birth certificates, the total number of registered citizens has increased from 5% to 92% and continues to improve. Birth certificates provide citizens with an official identity, which allows for easier access to health care and education, as well as greater protection against trafficking and child labour.

Youth sit outside in the grass.
Two girls helping each other out in the classroom.
Teenage girl receiving tetanus shot

Plan International's core areas of activity include:

Economic security
Economic security
Child protection
Child protection

3 reasons why your support is so important:

  • There is large disparity of wealth distribution with 90% of people in poverty living in rural areas.
  • 40% of children have stunted growth due to malnutrition.
  • 35% of women over the age of 15 are illiterate.

How your support is helping Cambodia:

  • Ensuring vulnerable and marginalized children have access to quality early childhood development programs.
  • Improving the access to quality maternal and child health services in the communities we work.
  • Strengthening disaster resilience in schools to better withstand the impact of disaster and climate change on children’s education.
  • Implementing sustainable agriculture and farming practices to help improve household economic security and expand general food security.

Country Comparison

People living in poverty 20% 9%
Mortality of children under 5 38 deaths /1000 births 5 deaths /1000 births
Life expectancy 72 years 81 years

(World Bank, CIA World Factbook, World Health Organization)

Common phrases in Khmer

Hello ជំរាបសួរ Chomreabsuor
How are you? សុខសប្បាយទេ sok sabbay te
Thank you សូមអរគុណ saum arkoun
Goodbye លាហើយ lea heuy
Happy Birthday រីករាយថ្ងៃកំណើត rikreay thngaikamnaet

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