Our Story

Friends Without A Border 

It started with a photograph.

Renowned Japanese photographer Kenro Izu first visited Cambodia in 1993 to photograph the magnificent Angkor Temples. Cambodia was struggling to emerge from the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, and Kenro was deeply touched by the resilient children he met during his trip. Kenro realized he could not leave Cambodia without doing something for these impoverished children he had seen and captured from behind the lens. He founded a non-profit organization called Friends Without a Border (FWAB) and with the help of the international art community, health care professionals and more than 6,000 supporters from around the world, Angkor Hospital for Children opened its gates in 1999. Kenro founded Angkor Hospital for Children on the principle of building a hospital for Cambodian children, run by Cambodians. Today, 98% of Angkor Hospital for Children 500+ staff are Cambodian. Our medical team is made up of 70 doctors, 200 nursing staff and 100 other medical staff members. Our non-medical staff, including Development, Management and Logistics, has 137 employees and 130 support staff members.

Focus on Quality 

With a core focus on quality, compassionate healthcare Angkor Hospital for Children’s staff has worked tirelessly to become the trusted facility it is today. Over the years Angkor Hospital for Children has gradually expanded and improved its facilities, but we have never lost sight of our ultimate goal—to improve healthcare for all Cambodian children by creating a sustainable, replicable model of a healthcare institution that provides high quality, compassionate care. Angkor Hospital for Children works closely with the Ministry of Health to establish and implement ethical guidelines and best treatment practices for paediatric care in government health facilities; we train and provide on-the-job coaching to government health workers; and we work closely with non-governmental organisations around the country to ensure that children have access to a continuum of high quality care. Angkor Hospital for Children serves as a training site for the World Health Organization’s Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses Program.

From opening an Operating Theatre in 2002, to beginning our heart surgery program in 2008;from establishing the Satellite Clinic in 2010 to the completion of an expansion of the Emergency Room/Intensive Care Unit in 2015, the driving ideology behind each of Angkor Hospital for Children decisions has been and continues to be the provision of high quality treatment, education and prevention services.


 Independent Non-Profit Organisation 

As of 2013, Angkor Hospital for Children transitioned to become an independent non-profit organisation in Cambodia. The hospital has since been incorporated in the USA, registered as a charity in Hong Kong and the UK.