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Founded in 1991, KHEMARA became the first local non-governmental organization (NGO) in Cambodia to work with women and children. For 33 years, the organization has played a significant role in supporting the advancement of disadvantaged populations and enabling their voices to be heard.

At Khemara, we envision a Cambodian society in which all people, especially women and children, are empowered to participate in social development, from the grassroots level to the highest levels in political, public and economic life, as well as in the cultural and social spheres.

KHEMARA is set up by Cambodian people, for Cambodian people.

Whilst the situation in Cambodia is improving, with increases in income and development, much remains to be done. Approximately 3.3 million people continue to live below the poverty line, meaning that they are particularly vulnerable to falling into critical situations when exposed to economic and systemic shocks, but also climate change challenges.

Following an equitable and people-centered development framework, Khemara promotes social and economic empowerment through cross-cutting programs, to create awareness about rights, to ensure development, care and protection, and to facilitate access to learning, nutrition, institutional and legislative support for enabling Cambodian communities, especially women and children, to grow and develop to their full potential.

We exist to raise resilient and empowered Cambodian communities.

By the Cambodian people, for the Cambodian people

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