Who We Are.

Sustainable Cambodia is a Rotarian-led nonprofit organization that works with the families of rural Cambodian villages to help them achieve sustainability and self-sufficiency through wells, irrigation systems, schools, training, and empowerment.

Cambodian village families have been slowly rebuilding their lives after the Khmer Rouge genocide, but Cambodia remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Rural areas of Cambodia still face severe poverty, lack of health care, and low levels of education, economic opportunity, and resources. Sustainable Cambodia works with YOU to make a huge difference in the lives of these deserving families.

We are not an “aid” organization. We are an empowerment organization. We “teach a person to fish”, but we go one step further: Each village uses a “pass-it-on” element of community service, so the village families not only help themselves but help neighboring villages. The result is sustainability within the villages and replication of the model as village families volunteer to help surrounding villages. The work is comprehensive: We empower the village families to create a sustainable quality of life, helping them acquire fresh water, irrigation, schools, agriculture, skills, and income generation.

We employ ONLY native Cambodians as paid staff. Our Rotarian international officers, directors, and consultants are all volunteers who are unpaid. This allows us to keep our overhead and fundraising expenses under 3%, and funding from the Rotarian founders pays more than this modest amount. So literally 100% of your funding goes into helping the rural village families.

Since 2004, Sustainable Cambodia’s unique empowerment model has helped tens of thousands of Cambodian men, women, and children to rebuild their shattered lives. YOU can make a huge difference. Any way you choose to help, 100% of your contribution will go directly to on-the-ground projects in rural Cambodia. Please join us and see what a difference you can make in a child’s life!

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