With a current membership of over 50 national organizations (ranging from small grassroots ministries to large organizations) the aim of our Learning Community is to see member organizations lead the way forward in raising the standard of care for survivors and those at risk of being exploited. Strategic collaboration for child protection is generated through capacity building and training, and resources and innovative ideas are dispersed through forums, events and bi-annual member meetings. Our resource library, with over 3,000 books, articles and other resources in English, Khmer and Vietnamese is available to member organizations so they can access valuable research and information on trafficking across the region and around the world. As a coalition we also partner with over 60 other NGOs, government ministries and UN agencies, with whom we share resources and work together on various projects and initiatives.
For the year of 2012 human rights researcher and consultant, Giorgio Algeri, underwent an in-depth evaluation of the Chab Dai Coalition model. Read his report here.
Introduced in May 2011, Chab Dai Charter is a set of principles that aim to raising the standard of care, focusing on four key areas: protection, collaboration, participation, and transparency. The Commitment to Excellence Implementation Tool outlines action points that reflect these principles in tangible and measurable ways, serving as a guide for organizations committed to best practices for working with stakeholders. Our hope is that the Charter will serve as a catalyst for improving care for clients, increasing trust and referrals among members. In addition, it is intended to lend a strategic focus to Coalition activities and advocacy campaigns. A list of members implementing the Charter standards is available here.
Already launched in the United States, Freedom Registry will be planned and implemented for Cambodia in 2013. Watch the walk-through video to the right for more information about Freedom Registry and stay tuned for more information as it is replicated in Cambodia and other regions around the globe.
The Doorsteps project launched in 2008 to equip smaller, grassroots member organizations to address trafficking and exploitation in their surrounding communities. In addition to receiving small seed grants to help develop their vision, leadership of participating organizations complete training in project cycle management, governance, proposal writing, and other areas, and often receive mentoring in specific areas such as leadership or financial transparency. This training and mentoring expand the effectiveness and long-term sustainability of small grassroots projects while also assisting the leadership with accountability and organizational development.
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The Heart and Hands (Jeut Nung Dai) Social Work Project was established in 2009, aiming to better support and equip Cambodian national social workers and counselors. Within Chab Dai member agencies, Jeut Nung Dai assists with technical skills training, counseling and social work skills, conflict resolution and family mediation to improve capacity of social workers and counselors. Training and mentoring through Jeut Nung Dai helps these individuals provide a high standard of care and meet the needs of their target population. Thus far, over 200 social workers and counselors have benefited from the Jeut Nung Dai project. Two Individual and Peer Group Supervision groups are in progress, with 62 social workers and counselors receiving training. Support groups, training and mentoring ensure long-term sustainability and continuing benefits stemming from the efforts of the Jeut Nung Dai project.
In 2010 Chab Dai launched a ten-year research project to better understand re-integration for men and women who are survivors of trafficking for sexual purposes. Over a period of 10 years, this study aims to better understand the experiences of over 100 survivors of abuse who have been reintegrated back into society after rehabilitation. The research team follows study participants starting from the time they are in the aftercare program and throughout their transition into a community setting. The purpose will be to ‘hear’ from the survivors themselves, about their lives, understandings and experiences so their voices can contribute towards a greater understanding of the complexities of (re-)integration.
Launched in June 2011, the case support project provides support and referral assistance to victims of abuse. When abuse is reported to the case support team via another NGO or their tipline, they collaborate with local police, human rights agencies and other partners to ensure the case is followed through and perpetrators are reported properly. In addition to working on cases within Cambodia, the case support team has built strong cross-border networks with other NGOs and embassies in neighboring countries such as Thailand and Malaysia to assist Cambodians who are being abused or exploited across the border. In 2012, the project set up a support office in Kuala Lumpur to assist with coordination of cross-border cases involving the exploitation of Cambodian domestic workers in Malaysia.
Since 2006, the Church and Community Training project has worked to empower leaders to protect at-risk children located near Cambodia's shared borders with Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. The program empowers village chiefs, pastors, monks, NGO workers, government officials and school teachers to promote awareness and intervene on cases of abuse in their communities. The program has a strong emphasis on personal responsibility for vulnerable community members and has provided training to more than 31,999 villagers in various provinces. Through the Church and Community Training Project, leaders have developed renewed passion and stronger abilities to protect the members of their community and desire to mobilize others.
Empowering urban communities of Cambodia to protect children against abuse, trafficking, and exploitation is the focus of the Urban Prevention Program. Started in 2007, this program is centered in Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh, and Koh Kong, the project educates and trains local leaders to identify the issues of trafficking, rape, sexual abuse, child protection, and child sex tourism. Due to the dense population in these urban settings, street children, and slum children are at high risk of exploitation by nationals and foreign pedophiles. Thanks to the prevention program 500 local leaders have been trained to impart their knowledge in and around their communities. As of January 2011, over 11,200 villagers have been trained by these community leaders. As of 2011 this program has trained more than 500 community leaders, who then went on to train more than 11,200 villagers within their own communities and surrounding areas.
In response to Chab Dai's research project "At What Price, Honour?" (2006) our Vietnamese Prevention Project began in 2008. This prevention project empowers ethnic Vietnamese communities and leaders to protect children at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation and trafficking. Communities with at-risk populations in Phnom Penh, KanDal, Kampong Chhnang province and Koh Kong receive training on issues related to trafficking and child protection, and are empowered with resources and tools on how to report cases to the appropriate authorities. As a result of the Vietnamese Prevention Project, over 6,045 children and adults have received training. Twenty-four cases have been reported to Case Support through the Help Card hotline numbers distributed.
Chab Dai's efforts to empower community leaders and prevent trafficking doesn't end with our prevention projects. The Community Heroes Project allows community leaders already trained through Chab Dai Prevention Projects to continue educating the community about trafficking, safe migration and child protection. The Community Heroes Project began in 2011 and has identified a total of 25 community heroes in five provinces throughout Cambodia. Each Community Hero is provided with educational materials to conduct trainings in four villages. Thousands of village community members in Cambodia now have a Community Hero assisting with awareness, prevention and intervention to better protect children in the community. Community Heroes are key partners in reporting cases from the communities.