Marked by decades of war, Cambodia has seen the level of poverty decline, but inequalities persist. The food and economic crises in 2008 and 2009 led to an exodus from rural areas to the cities, predominantly the capital Phnom Penh. Migrants faced the risk of eviction from rental housing, and struggled to find employment and could not afford to provide their children with basic education. The Cambodian Government estimates that at least 10 million Cambodians lack access to decent housing. Habitat Cambodia is committed to reducing the need for substandard housing by 15 percent, and providing housing for 1.2 million families by 2020. The cost per house is $6,500.
Stay tuned for updates on Habitat Wake's next trip to Cambodia.