Cambodia, a country struggling with poverty and corruption
Even though Cambodia is in many ways very beautiful, the country struggles with poverty. Many Cambodians need to live on just 2 USD per day. It is not a given that children can grow up in a safe, healthy, child-friendly environment, or that parents can cover the expenses that come with going to school. Children are sometimes asked to help their parents in their family businesses, or to work elsewhere to contribute to the family income. In addition, many children are separated from their parents out of sheer necessity when those parents try to find a better income in the city or even abroad. An even more worrisome problem is child prostitution, which happens on a relatively large scale.
Another issue Cambodia is dealing with is corruption. According to the Corruption Perceptions Index, which ranks countries around the world based on how corrupt their public sectors are perceived to be, Cambodia scores a mere 23 out of 100 points. As a result Cambodia is ranked close to the bottom of the list, suggesting the level of perceived corruption is very high. It is obvious that this has a negative impact on the future of Cambodian children.