About the Trip
Project C.U.R.E. partners with organizations around the world to deliver health and hope to populations in need. In Cambodia, we have multiple partnerships and have delivered 12 containers with a value of nearly $5 million in medical supplies since 2000. This will be our second C.U.R.E. Clinics trip with our Cambodian partner, The Family Clinic. Services provided will include general care, cardiac health, general surgery clinics, orthopedic clinics—all aimed at improving the welfare of the poor in Cambodia.
About the Country
Cambodia has a rich and fascinating history. Humans in Cambodia can be traced as far back as 2,300 BC. The first civilizations in Cambodia appeared around 150 AD in the Mekong River Delta. Ancient Cambodia was a place of many river-states until in the ninth century when King Jayavarman II founded the illustrious Khmer Empire. In the early 1850’s French missionaries found their way to Cambodia and with the help of the Cambodian King, the country became a French protectorate in 1863. The French ruled Cambodia until WWII when the Japanese invaded. After WWII, the Cambodian people fought for independence from the French and became an independent country in 1952. In the 1970s significant human atrocities occurred, resulting in the genocide that killed more than 25 percent of the population.
Today, Cambodia is a country of contrasts: beauty and promise on the one hand, and abject poverty and disease on the other. It remains one of the poorest countries in Asia. A trip to the slums surrounding Phnom Penh yields horrific visions of rickety, hazardously stacked slums, inhumane living conditions and masses of malnourished, sick people. The life expectancy of a healthy male born in Cambodia today is 65 years of age. Malnutrition is common among Cambodians. Only 33.1% of the entire population has access to sanitation.
However, we are also at a promising moment in Cambodia's history. Encouraged by what is arguably the most stable government in Cambodia's history, businesses, including luxury hotels and manufacturers, are starting to reinvest in Cambodia. Cambodia is still recovering from the Khmer Rouge period of the 1970s through the 1980s. Cambodia invests heavily in garment manufacturing and in tourism. Cambodia is showing promising improvements with the development of roadways, increasing education and increasing immunizations among the population.
About Jeremiah’s Hope
Christian Medical Ministry to Cambodia/Jeremiah’s Hope is a non-denominational, international, Christian mission dedicated to providing excellent medical care to the poor and quality medical education to the healthcare community of Cambodia. Jeremiah’s Hope works with local Cambodian doctors, nurses and staff who are passionate about bringing quality medical care to the Cambodian people.
About the Program Cost
Your tax-deductible donation to participate on a Project C.U.R.E. Clinics Trip to Cambodia is $2,650. This program cost covers all accommodations, meals, clean water, and transportation once in-country, including internal airfare, buses/cars/taxies, fuel costs, drivers, tips, and boats/ferries (when applicable). Program costs also include the coverage of translators, medications, C.U.R.E. Kits, Kits for Kids, travel and evacuation insurance, Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) with the State Department, visa fees, medical license transfer procedures, departure travel packet with a Project C.U.R.E. scrub set, and all associated shipping costs. Additionally, tour guides and small touristic excursions and activities are included. Please note alcohol, internet access, laundry, and personal souvenirs are not covered in the program cost.
You will have the opportunity to arrange your own international airfare to and from Cambodia. International airfare, visa fees and vaccinations are NOT included in the program cost. Suggested flight itineraries can be found HERE.
Day 7: Time to say farewell to Cambodia. You’ve delivered on your promise of delivering health and hope, made new friends -- both Cambodian and American -- and are traveling home better for the experience.