Angkor Hospital for Children

Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) is a non-profit pediatric teaching hospital that provides free, high-quality, compassionate health care to children in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Founded by Friends Without A Border in 1999, the hospital has provided medical care and health education to millions of children across Cambodia. AHC is now an independently managed facility.

The Story:

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Kenro at Angkor Wat, 1996

World-renowned Japanese photographer Kenro Izu first visited Cambodia in 1993 to photograph the magnificent Angkor Temples. Kenro was deeply touched by the resilient children he met during his trip, often missing arms and legs due to landmines and other unexploded ordnances. During his stay in Cambodia, Kenro witnessed a young girl, the same age as his own daughter, die simply because her father could not afford $2 for medical care. It was then that Kenro decided to found Friends Without A Border and give back to the country that inspired his photographic journey.

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. Following Friends’ model of Treatment + Education + Prevention, AHC has created a sustainable, model of an institution that provides high-quality medical care to all children, regardless of their ability to pay.

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AHC Handover Ceremony, 2013

After 14 years of management, Friends Without A Border celebrated the independence of AHC as a locally-managed hospital by handing over the “green key” to its doors to local administrators. 

In 2013, Angkor Hospital for Children was recognized by the Cambodian Ministry of Health as being “one of only three healthcare institutions in the entire country” that is essential to the well-being for all of Cambodia.

To learn more about AHC, please visit their website at