Food for the Hungry (FH) started working in Cambodia in 1990, providing relief to people
living in refugee camps during the civil war. Today, FH Canada walks with 8,614 households in 35 Cambodian communities in the regions of Boeng Mealea, Tropeang Prasat, Ta Siem, and Kantuot. Well on their journey from stuck to thriving, communities in Boeng Mealea look forward to celebrating graduation in 2024, Ta Siem in 2025, and communities in Kantuot and Tropeang Prasat will celebrate graduation in 2026.
Nestled in the hot, humid north of Cambodia are 35 communities across four regions that FH Canada walks alongside. Nearly 40,000 individuals live here, the majority in rural settings where they work primarily as farmers and small business owners. Both men and women earn an income for their households, and women especially play a major role in family finances and saving.
Through FH’s Child Focused Community Transformation (CFCT) program, families have already begun making positive changes in the areas of education, health, livelihoods, and leadership development. Parents have deepened their understanding of how to best care for their children and now have more opportunities to generate income for their families. Communities are more resilient to unexpected change and hardship, and are on their way out of extreme poverty.
Food for the Hungry walks alongside communities and leaders in the region to help them overcome their challenges and establish sustainable thriving. Together, they annually create four primary goals to address their biggest obstacles. This year, their goals are:
Education: Increase the literacy of the children in the communities
Health: Increase personal and environmental hygiene awareness and practice, and improve the well-being and health outcomes of communities during the Covid-19 pandemic
Livelihoods: Increase food availability for household consumption and increase household incomes for food accessibility
Leadership Development: Enhance capacity of community leaders to take ownership in their transformational development
WHERE RESOURCES GO
FH believes that communities know best where
to focus their development efforts. Together with
FH Cambodia staff, local leaders conduct an
annual audit to determine where time, energy, and
resources will be allocated. As a result, this pie chart
shifts every year to respond to the community’s
*Pie chart represents the breakdown of Child Focused
Community Transformation (CFCT) programming for Fiscal Year
2023 and excludes standalone projects