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Cambodia

Basic Indicators

Source: UNICEF: The State of the World's Children Report

Population: 14,805,000 (2009)
National language: Khmer
Per capita income: US$ 650 (2009)
Life expectancy: 62 years (2009)
% of population using
improved drinking water sources:
61% (2008)
% of population using
adequate sanitation facilities:
29% (2008)
Under 5 Mortality Rate: 88/1,000 live births (2009)

Sponsor a child today! Cambodia is home to the Angkor Wat temple, one of the world’s most famous ancient temples. Slightly smaller than Oklahoma, Cambodia is located in Southeast Asia between Thailand and Vietnam and has coastline on the Gulf of Thailand.

Political instability, civil war, and violent governments — most notably the Khmer Rouge regime — have destroyed most of the infrastructure in the rural areas, leading to widespread rural poverty.

Nearly 75 percent of workers in rural Cambodia engage in subsistence farming of rice and soy beans. Recent and rapid growth of the garment industry, however, has fueled modest economic gains country-wide. Fearing that international trade issues will slow down this growth, Cambodia is currently working to protect this important industry.

Plan Cambodia began in 2002. Currently our work benefits more than 500,000 children and reaches nearly 68,000 families in 38 communities. Except in emergency situations, Plan does not provide direct assistance. Instead, we help communities develop, grow and, ultimately, support themselves.

Hear from the children

An essential part of Plan's work is empowering children to discuss the issues that matter to them and to take part in decisions that affect their lives. To help you learn about these issues, the children in Plan communities have put together a series of publications called "See Our World": Read what the children have to say about their lives.