ENA and Project Helping Hands

Cambodia, the Southeast Asian country nestled between Thailand and Vietnam, is rich with history and tradition. While the economy and quality of life have improved in the past decade, Cambodians, especially those located in rural areas, lack easy access to modern healthcare. 

Since 2015, we have been pleased to partner with Project Helping Hands in giving ENA members the opportunity to provide care and health education to Cambodians. 

“Without a doubt, going on the ENA & PHH trips to Cambodia was truly one of the best experiences of my life. In addition to seeing a beautiful country, Cambodians steal hearts and they've certainly got mine. By combining what we do every day with unusual circumstances, there are so many things you'll learn and gain from volunteering. Most of all, I have made lifelong friends that I continue to regularly talk to and would trust my life to each of them.”

Nicholas A. Nelson MS, RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, CTRN, CCRN, NRP
Illinois ENA State Council President
Population: 14.5 million
Currency: Riel
Major religion: Buddhism
Head of state: King Norodom Sihamoni
Prime minister: Hun Sen
Poverty rate: Under 13 percent
Access to piped water: Less than 30 percent
Access to improved sanitation: Less than 40 percent

The biannual trips take place in October and February for 15 days. ENA members are valued for their expertise, teamwork, and ability to provide diverse and rapid care.

Daily schedules change between time at the University with interdisciplinary students, traveling and setting up clinic sites, and providing care. In the clinical setting, patients are often treated for acute infections like pneumonia, acute conditions like musculoskeletal injuries, chronic hypertension, gastritis, GERD, and alcohol use. Life-threatening conditions are also seen like hypovolemic shock and hypertensive crisis with respiratory distress. While these are some examples, each trip has distinct patient needs.

On off days, volunteers can travel the country to experience its culture and history, like Angkor Wat, one of the wonders of the world. We encourage all members to consider volunteering their time and skills in providing care and health education to the citizens of Cambodia. 

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Please note, the missions to Cambodia include a high level of physical activity in a potentially high-heat and high-humidity climate. 

Upcoming Trips

Our next Cambodia Mission trip will be announced soon.

Project Helping Hands is a nonsectarian nonprofit organization that sends teams of volunteers on missions into developing nations to provide basic medical care and health education.