The Cambodian population has gone through poverty for more than 3 decades. They have been governed by five different regimes, characterized by war, killing, repression, violence, fear, mistrust, involvement in prostitution/sex trade, and living under at or below the poverty line. Traditionally they have depended on small-scale seasonal activities as rice farming and non-wood products. Because of they cannot make money, many children in Cambodia cannot go to school because children have to stay at home and help their families instead of studying at school. Non-educated adults cannot get a good job and they have to do whatever they can find. This situation perpetuates a cycle which manifests itself in a many lifetimes of poverty.
To solve these problems, EPS provides two main programs to underprivileged children and families: