Cambodia remains one of the poorest nations in the region. Millions of families, particularly in rural areas, live below or near the poverty line.
Sihanoukville, a popular beach resort on the southern coast, attracts economic migrants from the poorer, rural provinces who are seeking employment and better living conditions. Sadly, without adequate skills or education, many who move here find only more hardship. The result has been the expansion of slums and an increased numbers of vulnerable children, youth and their families. These children and youth are at increased risk of health problems, drug use, social isolation and discrimination, abuse, and lack of education.