Cambodia is a largely Buddhist country in Southeast Asia with a population of approximately 15 million. Cambodia remains one of the poorest countries in Asia and long-term economic development remains a daunting challenge, inhibited by endemic corruption, limited human resources, high income inequality, and poor job prospects. As of 2012, approximately 2.66 million people live on less than $1.20 per day, and 37% of Cambodian children under the age of 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition. More than 50% of the population is less than 25 years old. The population lacks education and productive skills, particularly in the impoverished countryside, which also lacks basic infrastructure. As a result, many Cambodian youths become involved in street life, drugs, and gangs.
ICO is committed to partnering with local Cambodian communities to decrease youth crime rates through community building, sports, and empowerment.