We have worked in Cambodia since 1992 to empower older people and their communities to challenge age discrimination and campaign for an age-friendly society and as well as economic and physical security.
With our affiliate HelpAge Cambodia, we work through older people's associations; community-based organisations involved in areas such as livelihoods, healthcare and home care.
Life story: Sim Lon, 64
(c) HelpAge International Sim Lon lives in Battambang province and looks after two grandchildren, as their parents moved to the Thai border to work. Sim Lon’s husband cannot work as he has constant joint pain and is frequently sick.
She received a small grant from a older people's association two years ago, which she used to buy materials to make and sell Khmer noodles. She also received two training sessions on how to run a business, how to make Khmer noodles and basic accounting.
Sim Lon said: “I have been a member of the association since it started. My business has improved my living conditions. Before I had difficulty buying food and medicine. It was also difficult to borrow money. Since I started my business, the money lenders will lend me money.
"Now I am less afraid about not having enough money in the future. I only have a little money now, but know that I will get more tomorrow."
She makes a profit of 5,000 riel per day (US$1.25) and spends this money on sending her grandchildren to school. She also and tries to save money to buy her husband medicine.
Supporting older people in Cambodia
In the last year we have supported older people in Cambodia by:
- setting up 15 new older people's associations
- supporting new older people's associations with activities such as setting up community rice banks, as well as healthcare and home care assistance
- helping to establish five federations of older people's associations to strengthen the voice of older people for advocacy and campaigning
- We will strengthen older people's associations and their engagement with the government.
- We will strengthen our work in health camps.
- We will support older people's associations to develop their own advocacy plans, including their participation in our Age Demands Action campaign.
- We will continue to engage in policy work in areas such as social protection, climate change and gender.
Village Support Group (VSG), local NGO, CIRD and federations of older people's associations in Battambang and Battameanchey.
Korea International Cooperation Agency, Kadoorie Charitable Foundation, Cambodia Climate Change Alliance, Jersey Overseas Aid Commission, European Union, Republic of Korean (ROK ASEAN).