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Despite rapid recent development, Cambodia is still recovering from the devastating effects of the Khmer Rouge genocide and is one of the poorest countries in Asia. The Khmer people are primarily Buddhist and have an ancient history and culture, as reflected in the famous Angkor Wat temple. Maryknoll’s presence in the country dates back to the 1990s. Today, lay missioners in Cambodia collaborate with the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, the Maryknoll Sisters, and the Philippine Catholic Lay Missioners, together forming the Maryknoll Cambodia mission team.

Ministry Areas

Education & Leadership Development

During the years of control by the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia lost many of its most educated people, leaving an acute need for educational initiatives. Lay missioners have responded by working with a variety of projects, from those that educate children, such as the Maryknoll Boeung Tum Pun Community Health and Education Project, to those that provide higher education to Cambodia’s youth, such as the Royal University of Phnom Penh.

Healthcare & Health Promotion

Mobile community mental health teams work in concert with a number of NGOs to provide extensive mental health outreach to remote villages. We also contribute to the healthcare of children at LaValla school. Lay missioners have also contributed to the Maryknoll Mental Health project, which provides quality mental health services to Cambodians lacking access to those services, while raising awareness of mental health issues across the country.

Healthcare

Mobile community mental health teams work in concert with a number of NGOs to provide extensive mental health outreach to remote villages. We also contribute to the healthcare of children at LaValla school. Lay missioners have also contributed to the Maryknoll Mental Health project, which provides quality mental health services to Cambodians lacking access to those services, while raising awareness of mental health issues across the country. Learn More

Justice & Peace

One focus for the Maryknoll Cambodia mission team is with people living with disabilities. Many of our missioners have worked in such programs as the Maryknoll Deaf Development Programme (DDP) and LaValla School, run by the Marist Brothers, to help people with disabilities achieve greater access to education, better economic opportunities, crucial services and a stronger voice in society.

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