Empower Cambodia Leaders to Protect their Children

by Chab Dai International
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Follow-up with our beneficiaries is of tremendous importance to our Doorsteps team.

No only do we provide capacity building and training to the organization leaders participating in our Doorsteps and Chab Dai Charter program, but each relationship is always followed by one-on-one mentoring with all those who participate. During the first half of 2015, for example, the Doorsteps project team provided follow-up and mentoring with19 grassroots and organization leaders who had previously participating in the project cycle management training, representing eight organizations from the current and previous years.

As part of our follow-up, and in collabortion with Chab Dai's Learning Community leadership (another one of our direct projects working with counter-trafficking coalition members across Cambodia), the Doorsteps team conducted and facilitated a provincial member meeting in Siem Reap on March 19. The team arrived a few days early in Siem Reap to spend one-on-one time with current and previous Doorsteps participants, providing mentoring, encouragement and visiting projects where possible.

During one follow-up visit with the local director of a Doorsteps participant focused on assisting local Cambodian boys overcome drug addictions, the Doorsteps team worked with the organization's staff to assess how they internally monitor and evaluate the progress of their clients. Through this process, the staff developed their own, personalized and organization-specific monitoring mechanism and thus increased their capacity for evaluating their project and ensuring the boys they work with receive quality care and assistance. The participant has shared that as a direct result of increasing their capacity for monitoring and evaluation, they incorporated this into a proposal and received a new, much-needed grant for a new donor.

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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Trauma-Informed Care training
Trauma-Informed Care training

Our Doorsteps staff is continuing their training and mentoring services provided to all coalition members, and it's been a busy couple of months!

Earlier this year the team conducted a series of trainings for Cambodian NGOs on Financial Management. Due to oversubscription for that session, the team facilitated another three day training session in September for leaders of NGOs, management teams, finance officers and accountants. The trainings were led by Fontamillas Donasco & Co. Certified Public Accountants and consisted of courses on Roles and Responsibilities between Senior Management and Finance Teams, Communication between Senior Management and Finance Teams and Developing the Internal Control for Preparation of Financial Policy.

In October the Doorsteps team traveled throughout provinces in Cambodia to provide a training for Chab Dai member organizations on Minimum Standards for Protection of the Rights of Victims of Human Trafficking. Additionally, they supported a training by Hagar International on Trauma-Informed Care regarding crisis intervention and properly responding to clients wanting to commit suicide. And finally, this week is the first session of our Learning to Learn training, with instruction from Yejj Consulting, designed for Caregivers (House Mothers), Teachers, Teachers' Assistants, Trainers and Team Leaders. The second session will take place in mid-November.

Our Doorsteps project is an important resource for our member organizations who understand the local context of Cambodia and have a desire and a vision to see change in their own communities, but who have had very little in the way of formal education and training to equip them for managing projects. With the services provided by the Doorsteps team and partnering organizations, members are enabled to reach internationally-recognized standards in the areas of staff care, financial accountability, governance, project planning and design and child well-being.

Thank you for your continued support of this project! We appreciate your dedication to helping end human trafficking in Cambodia, Southeast Asia and the world!

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

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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Chab Dai International

Location: Folsom, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.chabdai.org
Project Leader:
Tania DoCarmo
Sacramento, California United States

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