Jun 8, 2021

June 2021

Rehabilitation of child victims

 

22 children (7 girls) identified as victims of sexual exploitation benefitted from legal aid and psychosocial support provided by TDHNL social workers and by the specialists of Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE)

 

33 welfare and hygiene packages were distributed to these children and their families to support them to cope with the loss of income under COVID-19; 1 child received a bicycle to support him complete his education

 

We collaborated with our NGO network to find vocational training for 2 boys who are over 16. The case of a boy who started working as a mechanic was successfully closed

 

Prevention of sexual exploitation through travel and tourism

 

452 children regularly involved in children's clubs to learn about the risks of sexual exploitation 


2,027 community members were involved in awareness raising events


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Jun 8, 2021

"I'm very happy to be safe from FGM"

Imagine your peaceful childhood is disrupted by intense pressure from your community to undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). As a result, this makes your parents flee from their lifelong home to seek safety. For Rhobi, this imaginary scenario became reality.

The pressure to go through FGM started building as soon as Rhobi turned thirteen. Her relatives started pushing her parents that the girl had reached the right age and that most of her peers had actually already undergone the ritual. They added that her parents would in turn get a higher bride price for Rhobi once she was mutilated. 

Rhobi was not spared either. While doing her chores around the village, women would comment how she would never get a husband if she did not get cut. Her peers who had already undergone FGM called her a coward and told her that they could never be friends as long as she had not been cut. Luckily some of her peers were kind to her and even encouraged her.

Rhobi´s parents were previously pro-FGM but had been made aware of the negative impact of the practice. This changed their mind and they wanted their children to do well in school.

Around February 2020, the demand from the villagers became so pushy that Rhobi´s parents fled to Dar es Salaam for safety. Rhobi, however, could not go with them as she was about to sit for her final primary school exams.

Covid-19 and the looming danger
The girl was left in the care of her grandmother. Once her parents had settled down, Rhobi would soon follow. She was instructed to watch out for warning signs of secret FGM preparations and that she should contact the ATFGM rescue centre when she was under threat.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the closure of schools. The Kuria community seized the opportunity and started to mobilise girls for FGM outside the normal cutting season. Rhobi began feeling uneasy. “I was feeling unsafe when the cutting began after the school closed down due to Covid-19,” she explains. Behind her back, her grandmother was already putting everything in place for Rhobi’s initiation. Rhobi noticed the signs and decided to act immediately. She pretended that she was going to fetch water and took this opportunity to escape to the ATFGM rescue centre.

The ATFGM rescue centre became Rhobi´s new home for almost one year. Despite the disruption and change of environment, she successfully completed her primary examination and joined high school.

“I’m very happy to be safe from FGM. I am determined to do well in my O-level examinations. Once I start earning some income I will support my family and seek to protect girls from FGM,” Rhobi says.

In February 2021 with the help of ATFGM, Rhobi was reunited with her parents in Dar es Salaam, where she has continued with her studies. Her dream is to become a lawyer and help “people who face any kind of gender-based violence”, particularly girls at risk of FGM.


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Feb 10, 2021

January 2021

Our child volunteers advocated for better child pr
Our child volunteers advocated for better child pr

January 2021 update: Providing psycho-social support to Cambodian children

Children who are victims of sexual exploitation require long-term support from trained professionals to accompany them on their journey towards reintegration within their families and communities. Terre des Hommes Netherlands in Cambodia works to provide them adequate legal aid and psychosocial services.

At the school and community level, prevention is essential to improve community-based child protection, reporting and fight discrimination against victims.

Rehabilitation of child victims

23 children (13 girls) received emergency support from our local partner Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE) after being rescued from an exploitative situation

35 children (14 girls) benefitted from long-term rehabilitation services

60 children (33 girls) received welfare packages to prevent re-victimization during the COVID-19 crisis

Prevention of sexual exploitation through travel and tourism

452 children regularly involved in children's clubs to learn about the risks of sexual exploitation 

2,027 community members were involved in awareness raising events

Testimonies

Nara, 12: “I am feeling better and because of this I have made new friends in the neighbourhood. I am brave now if compared to before, now I can communicate with my friends, they motivate me to study hard. I learned how to protect my sister and cousin from the abuse when we go to school.”

Ven, 16: “I am very happy to have met the TdH-NL social workers and to get support. Now, we all have a good relationship, especially the relationship between me and my stepfather. He stopped blaming me and using bad words.”

Thida, youth volunteer, 17: “I feel optimistic about the future to see my community environment and children safe with a better understanding of SECTT both to protect themselves and to report incidents of SECTT and other forms of violence.

 
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