Country Overview

Capital Population Religion Economic
Christian Evangelical Buddhist HDI Rank GDP Per Capita
Phnom Penh 15,787,000 3.2% 1.61% 85.1% 143 of 188 $1,144

Located in the Mekong River Delta, next to Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, Cambodia is attempting to rise from it’s scarred past. A former French protectorate, Cambodia gained independence in 1953, following the Japanese occupation during World War II. Communist Khmer Rouge forces, under Pol Pot, captured the capital of Phnom Penh after a 7-year struggle in 1975 leaving 1.5 million Cambodians dead from execution, forced hardships, or starvation. 3 years later Vietnam invaded Cambodia, setting off a 10-year occupation and 13 years of civil war. The country has slowly inched its way back towards normalcy since the 1990’s.

Like other developing countries, rural Cambodia struggles with high child mortality rates, and disease that often is preventable. Alcoholism is also a big problem, and an indication of the despair many Cambodians feel. The people of Cambodia experienced such intense suffering under the dictatorial rulers of the past that a fatalistic mindset has become part of the national psyche. Currently, about 18% of the population lives on less than $1.25/day and nearly 32 percent of children under five are underdeveloped. 79% of people still do not have access to a clean water supply and 58% do not have access to improved sanitation.

Program Overview

Location Reach Setting Program Started
12 Provinces Multiple Communities Rural and Urban 2006

Program Impact

World Poverty Solutions has partnered with churches to reach approx. 100 villages in the past 10 years. Community Health Evangelism (CHE) programs are designed to touch the local people’s physical, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing.

  • Community Health Education trainings have resulted in higher yielding agriculture, healthier livestock, and carefully planned kitchen gardens.
  • Effective bio-sand filters have been built with local resources and labor to ensure clean drinking water, as well as better sanitation and disease prevention.
  • More than 42 multiplying house churches have been planted and they are reaching their neighbors and neighboring villages with the gospel.
  • Education has produced healthier lifestyles, a drop in infant mortality and domestic violence, and more productive income generating activities.
  • Believers are also responding by adopting orphans into their families, and raising them as their own, saving numerous children from the exploitation and child abuse.


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