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...
Mar 2, 2015

Providing Family Based Care for Children

Smaller grassroots organizations in Cambodia have a good understanding of the local context where they work. However they often lack access to funding opportunities and/or organizational capacity to run their programs effectively. Our Charter-Doorsteps team works with member organizations who want improve their capacity toward reaching internationally-recognized standards in the areas of staff care, financial accountability, governance, project planning and design and child well-being. Participating organizations receive a small improvement grant to assist with the implementation of their own Improvement Action Plan. Because of their commitment to excellence, Charter member organizations are often the ones leading the way forward in best practice in child care and protection. 

One of our Charter-Doorsteps members, Children in Families, coordinates family-based care for children who are unable to live at home with their own family members. They do this as an alternative to having these children enter institutional settings (e.g. orphanages). In the past, many orphanages opened up in Cambodia despite the fact that additional orphanages were not needed and most of the children already living in these institutions did not need to be there; most had living family members who, with some support, could care for the child in their own home. For children who cannot live at home, family-based care alternatives (e.g. kinship care, foster care) are better options than institutions where they will not have the opportunity to grow up in a family setting.

There has been an effort both by the government and organizations working with vulnerable children to support children to stay in families instead of placing them in institutional care settings. To read about this process and/or why NGOs and the Cambodian government believe family-based care to be the best solution for children, click here. Our Charter Member, Children in Families, received a Charter improvement grant and has been participating in our program to build skills aimed at providing foster families in rural areas of Cambodia with training on parenting skils and child development.

One of the foster mothers expressed her satisfaction with the training:

"After attending the Parenting Skills Training, I have learned how to be a [better] parent and have come to realize the value of children and how to keep their best interest in mind. They have a right to share their ideas and be active members of society. They need much attention from their parents and a chance to learn from and rise above their mistakes. This training helps me to understand parenting roles and I have shared the lessons I have learnt with my family members and my friends."  

Our Charter-Doorsteps team continues to support and equip Cambodian leaders to uphold best practice and raise standards of care to better protect children in their communities.  

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Mar 2, 2015

Drumroll please...

Liberty Asia site
Liberty Asia site

We are very excited to announce (drum roll please!) a new partnership between Freedom Collaborative, Chab Dai and Liberty Asia!

Late last year, we began exploring potential partnerships with organizations who had a similar vision to end trafficking in addition to more advanced technological competencies related to Freedom Collaborative. After many months of exploration, we are excited to announce we secured a partnership with a fabulous, likeminded organization called Liberty Asia, located in Hong Kong. Liberty Asia is an organization whose technical competency surpasses ours, to lead the FC platform not only in its current form but also to develop and enhance its future impact.

Liberty Asia will add further services to the FC platform including a needs matching and collaboration system, legal advice and support, a secure evidence exchange system and a secure victim referral system.

Any partnership brings changes. The main change resulting from this alliance is that the Freedom Registry will no longer be developed as national, stand-alone platforms, but will now form one global tool with access across all sectors internationally and with a language translation functionality. Input and engagement from national coordinators and steering committees is still crucial to the success of the International Freedom Registry in order for each country to engage critical national stakeholders, relevant research and resources in local languages, as well as cutting-edge country and program Freedom Dialogues, along with vetting of organizations and users where needed.

The future means that we can work together to develop appropriate responses as well as formally identify patterns of exploitation and abuse, which will allow us to engage in cutting-edge technology to address demand issues of trafficking and engage new stakeholders in the process.

Addressing such complex and overwhelming issues as trafficking and slavery takes collaboration and partnership, which is what the platform was designed to facilitate and what we have done to bring in the next generation of Freedom Collaborative.

Over the coming months, Liberty Asia will be updating, improving and enhancing the Freedom Collaborative platform, and Chab Dai will continue to work with partners in countries across the globe to implement Freedom Registry into their national context. Stay tuned with updates via Facebook, Twitter and freedomcollaborative.org.

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Oct 30, 2014

Onward and Upward

Singapore Management University
Singapore Management University

It's been a busy couple of months for our Freedom Collaborative team! We've presented the platform at various conferences, universities and organizations around the world and connected with so many new stakeholders who are excited about getting on board.

A couple milestones we reached are having more than 1,000 registered users (from more than 130 countries!) and surpassing 2,100 resources uploaded to the library! That's incredible! There are almost 1,000 organizations in the Registry as well, with more joining all the time.

Our most exciting announcement is our new partnership with Liberty Asia in Hong Kong! Earlier this year, we began exploring potential partnerships with organizations who had a similar vision to end trafficking, as well as the technological competencies related to Freedom Collaborative. We secured a partnership earlier this month with Liberty Asia, an organization whose technical competency surpasses ours, to lead the FC platform not only in its current form but also to develop and enhance its future impact. You can read the full announcement here.

Thank you so much for your support of this project. We're looking forward to see how this platform continues to grow and expand. Let's end human trafficking, together.

Presenting FC at Nerd Night in Phnom Penh
Presenting FC at Nerd Night in Phnom Penh
Latin America meeting
Latin America meeting

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