Cambodia Today

Despite being a vibrant and emerging economy with 15 million people, growing at 8% a year, with 65% of the population under the age of 30, and 300,000 joining the workforce each year; Cambodia still has a shockingly high poverty rate. 70% of the population live under $3 per day, whilst 90% still live in rural areas, and 79 % without access to piped water supply and power.  Cambodians are forced to leave their villages to look for better paid work outside the country. Economic growth has been quite strong but there is a large inequality in working and living standards, especially in rural areas.In 2007 in Phnom-Penh, nearly 4000 families were evicted from their homes & land because of greedy property developers. These are some big issues that Cambodia and its people as a country must address…

78% Workforce

THE PROBLEM

  • None or very limited skills training exists to provide domestic skilled-labor 
  • Not enough qualified building trade-skilled professionals
  • Low wages for unskilled workers (typical average daily wage is $5 for 10 hours’ work) and no employment security
  • Workers live on-site with family with total lack of sanitation and safety for wives and children
  • Thousands of families are evicted from their land to the benefit of greedy developers
  • Un-recognized skills of Cambodian labor vs Foreigner “imported” labor from neighbouring countries
  • Despite the economic growth of property development, low-income people cannot afford a home around cities or close to their work place
CAMBODIA TODAY Women workers
72% cambodian
Chhorn Chunta

Chhorn Chunta’s Story – Construction worker, 33 years of age

A wife and mother of three children, Chhorn works alongside her husband on a construction site “building houses for the rich”.   She is considered ‘unskilled labour’ and is tasked with cutting steel bars and carrying them around the construction site. She has no access to sick leave, paid holiday leave, maternity leave or insurance. If she is injured onsite, the company is not likely to pay her medical bills. Although she has worked on the site for two years, she earns $6.25 per day – the same rate as other female colleagues while her husband is paid $8 per day for similar work. “That’s because I have no skills,” she explains, wiping sweat off her sunburned face. “I am only carrying steel bars. My husband is the one putting them on the ceiling.“ Starting each day at 4:30am, Chhorn works from 7:30am to 5:00pm on the construction site and prepares all three meals every day for her family.

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  • To teach and train young Cambodians to become builders & trades through BUCSC training programs
  • To help building give-away basic homes to the homeless people

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  • To support BUCSC training programs for a better et sustainable future, and
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