By Chansereypich Seng and Daniel Calderbank
Seventy years ago, UNICEF was founded to meet the desperate needs of children whose lives had been torn apart by World War II.
We started working in Cambodia in 1952 and established our first country office in 1973 at the height of the country’s civil war but had to cease operations in 1975 when the Khmer Rouge seized power.
After the fall of this regime in 1979, we returned to provide emergency assistance and address critical health, sanitation and aid distribution challenges.
Today, UNICEF Cambodia has a wider focus on the realization of children’s rights through cooperation with the government, NGOs, communities and development partners.
To celebrate our global 70th anniversary, we have compiled inspirational stories that focus on Cambodians who have been assisted by UNICEF to overcome personal hardship and become role models for others.