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Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Asia. 1 in 3 people live below the national poverty line, surviving on less than US$0.50 per day and only 1 in 3 people in Cambodia have a loo.

In fact in Cambodia you’re more likely to own a mobile phone than a toilet! This means people are forced to go in the open which affects the health of the community and their animals – often a main source of income, especially for people living in rural areas.

Severe water shortages are also common, especially during the dry season when only about half the population has consistent access to 20 litres of water a day  (an old style single flush toilet can use up to 13 litres of water in one flush). This not only impacts their ability to grow food, but people have to resort to drinking water from dirty and contaminated sources, which often leads to health problems.


Kampong Cham, Preveng,  Kandal, Svay Rieng, Kompong Speu and Takov provinces (60 villages which including old villages and new villages)


Who’s being helped

The project is targeting the poorest families in these communities – over 7,000 families.

Local Partner

Wholistic Development Organisation

The project

As part of a wider project to alleviate poverty among the poorest families in the communities, this project will increase the number of families with access to clean water; improved irrigation; and somewhere clean and safe to go to the toilet.


The project is designed to involve the community from the outset, involving them in identifying the most urgent needs and equipping them to overcome them. The two approaches we use are Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation and Community Led Total Sanitation.



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