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Source: Save The Children


Cambodia’s Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and home to more than 1 million people.

However, higher temperatures, drought, pollution, overfishing and environmental damage, have led to a dramatic fall in the fish stocks.

Also the lack of clean water and waste facilities are damaging the environment and hampering children’s health.

Save the Children’s GREEN project, established in 2021, is aiming to help more than 40,000 children and adults around Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia, diversify their income and start “green livelihoods”.

We’re developing innovative climate-smart, health, sanitation and hygiene technologies, working in collaboration with local social enterprises. Two projects nearing completion are:

  • A household water-purification system made from clay
  • A waste-management system called the ‘floating pot’

We’re also collaborating with government ministries, local authorities, schools and teachers to repair schools that have been damaged by storms and install solar-powered fans to keep children cool during the dry season, which has become hotter due to climate change.