Chab Dai USA

AIM: Chab Dai aims to bring an end to human trafficking and sexual exploitation through coalition building, community prevention, advocacy and research. Today Chab Dai works out of the U.S., Cambodia, Canada and U.K. MISSION STATEMENT: Christians working together to end sexual abuse and trafficking. (Chab Dai works according to a Christian ethos. However, we work and collaborate with stakeholders and survivors from all faith/religious backgrounds, including non-religious groups). CORE VALUES: - KNOWLEDGE FOR SHARING... We are committed to addressing issues of abuse, exploitation, and trafficking by working together and providing opportunities for learning. - ADVOCACY FOR JUSTICE... We be...
Aug 13, 2014

Coming Together to Address Trafficking Globally

Freedom Collaborative is well into its ninth month now, and we're continuing to improve and expand the platform all the time. The Registry now has more than 920 counter-trafficking organizations listed and the library has more than 2000 resources uploaded. We also have almost 900 individual users registered from more than 130 countries.

The Registry is continuing to expand globally. Cambodia, Nepal and Canada have all formed steering committees to work on contextualizing the platform to fit the needs unique to their countries. Costa Rica and the United Kingdom are in the process of forming their steering committees as well. Along with the language aspect of the Registry, contextualization also includes choosing the best practices for counter-trafficking measures in that country. If you're interested in reading about the good practices in the United States, we wrote a short post detailing those out.

Most exciting since our last report is the announcement that Dialogues have launched! Freedom Dialogues consist of a short video discussion, each between two different experts, on a specified human trafficking topic. The video is uploaded to the platform and users can engage with the featured Specialists and each other through the comments section. We already have three different videos uploaded, sparking some great conversations. Our topics thus far are Connectivity, Men and Boys in Human Trafficking, and Healthcare. We invite you to go watch one (or all three!) and leave your comments or questions in the thread to engage in the dialogue.

Freedom Collaborative is always evolving. It's designed to be a living community of people, organizations, agencies and institutions involved in the anti-human trafficking movement, which means it will continue to grow with use. Remember when we mentioned that the map was going to be updated? Well those plans are finally in the works and being pushed to the development phase! We're excited to see this tool become the hub of the platform, bringing everything together in a cohesive movement to spur effective collaboration.

As a team, we have just completed our annual Strategic Planning where we prepare for the next year and line up our objectives for the future. We're excited for what's to come with our project and the counter-trafficking community as a whole. Our goal is to empower others and streamline actions into more effective results by giving grassroots movements as much influence and contribution opportunities as larger organizations, creating a centralized hub for counter-trafficking efforts and bringing more connectivity into the community.

First Nepal Steering Committee Meeting
First Nepal Steering Committee Meeting
Strategic Planning
Strategic Planning
Strategic Planning
Strategic Planning
Aug 13, 2014

Equipped to Address the Unexpected

Doorsteps team at Poipet
Doorsteps team at Poipet

Our Doorsteps team trains local community leaders in Cambodia to be able to protect children against abuse, exploitation and trafficking by providing small improvement grants, collaboration opportunites and capacity-building opportunities to grassroots programs. This year, Doorsteps combined with our Charter project to build on these endeavors by raising standards and sharing best practices with other organizations in the counter-trafficking movement.

This past quarter the Doorsteps Charter team began a training series on effective living based on Stephen Covey's book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The training involves 21 participants working in education, capacity-building and social work who meet for two days a month together learning about the principles outlined in the book. By facilitating effective living the Doorsteps Charter team encourages a method for the participants to create a sturdy foundation on which to improve their current and future work in their fields. Additionally, the team is in the midst of conducting a needs-based training for Charter member organizations on Financial Management, Human Resources and addressing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. These trainings will conclude this month.

Last month the team also completed the final session of this year's Project Cycle Management Level I training with 24 participants. The training lasts an entire year, during which time the Doorsteps Charter team works on building capacity and mentoring grassroots leaders in Cambodia to effectively run their organizations and thus better address vulnerabilities that can lead to exploitation and trafficking in their communities.

Outside their normal trainings provided, this quarter presented a unique crisis for the Doorsteps Charter team to respond to. Tens of thousands of Cambodian migrant workers were deported from Thailand following the military junta’s campaign to crack down on illegal migration and slave labor. Through threats, warnings and mass deportation, Cambodian migrants (reports say both legal and illegal) working in Thailand’s construction, fisheries or garment industries were loaded on trucks and sent to the Thailand-Cambodia border, with no appropriate safety measures or provisions for the journey, as well as being charged extra to cross the border. The response to the crisis on the Cambodian side was well-organized and coordinated through a network of NGOs, agencies and the Cambodian government to provide these migrants with water, food and hygiene kits, as well as temporary shelter in tents before they were transported back to their respective homes. The Doorsteps Charter team was part of the relief and protection work and continues to be part of the collaborative efforts to define next stages of addressing the return of these more than 200,000 unemployed Cambodians back to their homes.

Thanks to your contribution to this project, our team is able to continue their important work equipping and empowering local leaders to care for their communities effectively, as well as responding to emergencies such as the one detailed above. The Doorsteps Charter team provides financial resources for grassroots leaders to implement their programs, but also train these leaders in the organizational skills necessary to do the kinds of work they want to do. Capacity-building and mentoring helps leaders identify specific ways their programs can increase their impact in protecting children and subsequently make their application for a small improvement grant. As a result, children benefit from improved programming in the community. On behalf of our team and our training participants, thank you for your continued support!

Cambodian migrant workers
Cambodian migrant workers
Cambodian migrant workers
Cambodian migrant workers
Project Cycle Management
Project Cycle Management
May 15, 2014

Continuing to Equip and Empower

Our Doorsteps team trains local community leaders in Cambodia to be able to protect children against abuse, exploitation and trafficking by providing small improvement grants, collaboration opportunites and capacity-building opportunities to grassroots programs.

We've been busy at work in these efforts this year. Our team recently organized a half-day refresher training course on Financial Accountability and Sustainability, where we also provided five small grants for approved grassroots organizations. Participants who joined in the session expressed their appreciation for the training itself and the networking environment. As a part of the training, participants shared their lessons learned, as well as the challenges they've faced and best practices they've implemented in administering financial matters in their organizations.

We also completed our annual Project Cycle Management Level II training in January. We had 20 participants for this session, the main objective of which was Monitoring and Evaluating the effectiveness of their businesses. After completion of this training, which generally spans several months to a year, participants can apply for the Learning Grants that are available.

Our most recent training event took place on the 6th and 7th of this month. The Doorsteps team conducted the Livelihood Development Training with 11 participants to provide a course on Business Planning, which helps in further building the capacity of their small businesses and grassroots organizations.

Your contribution to this project allows us to continue equipping and empowering these local leaders to care for their communities effectively. The Doorsteps team ensures that grassroots leaders not only have financial resources to implement their programs but, more importantly, have the organizational skills necessary to do the kinds of work they want to do. Capacity-building and mentoring helps leaders identify specific ways their programs can increase their impact in protecting children and subsequently make their application for a small improvement grant. As a result, children benefit from improved programming in the community. All of this only continues with your help, so thank you for your continued support!

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