Feeling inferior. Being ignored. Having limited control over decisions in her family. This was the situation Sen, 31, experienced every day.
Cambodia’s worst drought in decades, brought on by El Niño, has left many of the most vulnerable without access to water. CARE and People in Need have been prioritizing those hardest hit—the old, the young, pregnant mothers, those with disabilities and those without access to any other support.
CARE worked in Cambodia between 1973 and 1975, distributing food, providing medical assistance and improving education. From 1975 onwards CARE worked to support the millions of Cambodian refugees who fled the Khmer Rouge and were living in camps along the Thai-Cambodian border.
In 1990, we returned to Cambodia, working with the United Nations to help 370,000 Cambodian refugees return to their homes. Over the years, CARE has shifted its focus in Cambodia from short-term, vital relief operations, to long-term projects in health, education and rural development.
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Women like Srey Eng, 20, who come from rural Cambodian farming families typically drop out of school early to help their families, all the while struggling to improve upon the traditional farming practices of their parents.
Khen, 25, used to earn money working as a laborer near her rural village in Cambodia. Her pay was based on available work, which was sporadic at best. She'd even contemplated migrating to look for a job.
Sophat, 26, moved from her home province to Cambodia’s capital city four years ago and has been working in construction ever since.
Kroeun, 52, has been working in construction for over 20 years.
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Thi Mom, 47, has a lot of responsibility resting on her slim shoulders. The mother-of-four not only cares for her children and young grandchild but also for her husband, who has a disability which means he has been unable to walk for the past nine years.
A disaster response should first and foremost meet people’s immediate needs to help them face the challenges caused by an emergency situation.