Cambodia Causes

Photographs for Charming Cambodia

Landing in Siem Reap, Cambodia appears very Americanized and modern. Angkor Wat – Unesco World Heritage site, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the main draw and people flock from all corners of the world to experience this amazing historical site. Nested in the jungle around Ankor Wat are various other temple complexes. Tourism enables the area to flourish.

Cambodia Photos

Our Efforts in Cambodia

But just beyond the beautiful hotels and restaurants, the countryside tells a different story. Although people are working to improve their conditions as evidenced by more updated houses, the vast majority live in poverty without access to medical resources. A doctor’s visit is cost prohibitive.

Most people only go when they are very sick (with relatives funding the visit), and more often than not, a condition that would have been treatable with an early diagnosis is now terminal.

Cambodia - Social Problems

Cambodia’s youth is particularly exposed to vulnerabilities, primarily in the context of poverty, physical and mental weaknesses, violence and abuse, and migration.

In terms of poverty and social exclusion, 36 percent of young Cambodians live below the poverty line. Being exposed to a wide range of physical and mental health problems, lack of access to basic needs, isolation and dangers like sexual exploitation, street children, orphans and young migrants are among the most vulnerable groups. Rural-to-urban and cross-border migration in search of economic opportunities is common among young Cambodians.

Overall, the young population is estimated to experience more violence and abuse than any other age group, especially in terms of domestic and gender-based violence. Female youth are the most vulnerable to violence: according to CDHS, 29 percent of the interviewed females aged 15-29 were exposed to physical or sexual violence by their intimate partner in 2014.

WorldPix Sponsored Organizations

World Pix has partnered with the Anjali House in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to make a difference in the lives of Cambodian children.

WorldPix visits Anjali House. Photograph by Alessandro Vannucci.

Anjali House

Anjali House supports underprivileged children through education, healthcare and the arts.

Kathryn Dannay of WorldPix working with Anjali House student photographer. Photograph by Regis Binard.

With extreme poverty and a relatively high cost of medical care in Cambodia, many Cambodian children do not receive adequate healthcare and consequently suffer from potentially life threatening illnesses.

A great number of children here are malnourished and do not have access to clean drinking water. Anjali House is dedicated to improving and maintaining the physical health and development of our kids. [anjali-house.com]