Working with the street children of Sihanoukville, Cambodia

the Issues

Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world, with approximately 30% of the population living on less than $1 a day.   One-third of the population has no access to clean water and more than two thirds have no access to clean toilets. For many it is a struggle to survive from day to day.  


In a country where extreme poverty is pervasive, the tourism and port activities in Sihanoukville, a popular beach resort on the southern coast, continue to attract economic migrants seeking employment and better living conditions. The result is the expansion of slums and increased numbers of street children and youth.


These street-working children not only miss out on education, but become the most vulnerable children in the community, exposed to street and gang violence, child abuse, drug use and isolation from their peers as well as the community at large.