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Construction of Shelter for Sexual abuse victims

by Association Cameleon France
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Construction of Shelter for Sexual abuse victims
Construction of Shelter for Sexual abuse victims
Construction of Shelter for Sexual abuse victims
Construction of Shelter for Sexual abuse victims
Construction of Shelter for Sexual abuse victims
Construction of Shelter for Sexual abuse victims
Construction of Shelter for Sexual abuse victims
Construction of Shelter for Sexual abuse victims
Construction of Shelter for Sexual abuse victims
Construction of Shelter for Sexual abuse victims
Construction of Shelter for Sexual abuse victims
Construction of Shelter for Sexual abuse victims
Construction of Shelter for Sexual abuse victims
Construction of Shelter for Sexual abuse victims
Construction of Shelter for Sexual abuse victims
Construction of Shelter for Sexual abuse victims
Construction of Shelter for Sexual abuse victims

For the past 8 months, thanks to the support of our donors and the commitment of the CAMELEON teams, lot of realizations have been done despite the pandemic. Let's keep moving forward! 

  • 20 girl survivors of sexual abuse are protected and supported in the new Negros center

Six girls from Panay and fourteen girls from the different cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental were admitted in the Negros Center between May to September 2019.

Basic needs of the girls are being continuously provided such as lodging, food, clothing and medication. The girls were enrolled in the nearest public schools by the housemothers and are provided with their school needs. To assure their safety, a service car is available to bring them back & forth from school.

The construction of a private access road to the center has been completed this summer thanks to the help fo one sponsor. The security of the girls is completely assured with a presence of a security guard. 

The girls undergo personal healing and therapeutic intervention such like counselling, dialogue with psychologists and psychiatrists, sessions on values development and social skills. 

"I'm thankful that I'm here in CAMELEON because I have changed. I learned so much, especially how to do household chores such as washing the dishes, doing the laundry and tidying up my things. I even learned how to cook. I'm also much more studious here. At home, I was lazy and I had to repeat a grade at school. But I'm grateful for my parents that they sent me here because they knew CAMELEON would change me. I am now determined to finish my studies, find a job and help my family."  Pearl Joy

Some of the girls are also prepared for their social and family reintegration. Technical skills training, such as computer literacy, cooking and sewing, were provided to the girls to help them become self-sustaining and independent outside the center.

A Parents Effectiveness Seminar was held in the center. 18 family members (parents & siblings of the girls) participated. The topic of "Effective Discipline" was discussed with the parents and families of the girls, which aims to help them improve their parental skills in managing their children with a balance of love, care and discipline. The girls also gave a song and dance performance to welcome their family members.

  • Sending-Off Ceremony

The Negros Center hosted its first Sending-Off Ceremony this summer. Five girls were officially turned over from the In-House to the After-Care Program. The five girls will continue their journey of healing outside the center and back to their families or guardians in the community, wherever is safest for them. 5 new girls were welcomed in the center and because of the increase of sexual abuse cases during Covid-19 pandemic, CAMELEON will take in another 5 additional girls.

  • First celebration of Summer Camp

This first celebration Annual Summer Camp took place in Negros center. The theme was "Peace, Love, Unity and Summer Camp in the time of COVID-19".

The two-day Summer Camp had tested the girls' knowledge, athletic skills and innate talents through: Spelling Bee, Mathenik, Laro ng Lahi (Traditional Filipino Games), Volleyball, Badminton, Vocal Solo, Pop Dance, Declamation and Extemporaneous Speaking Contest.

  • The girls and staff dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic

To protect the girls from the dramatic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, CAMELEON had to take several decisions. Indeed, the virus has been actively spreading in the region and to prevent the danger in the center, the girls have been quarantined with the staff since March 2020.

Safety protocols such as wearing of masks, checking of body temperature and social distancing are implemented for the visitors.

Song written by the girls during Pandemic

Last September distance-Learning classes began. Girls were taught by hired tutors within the safety of the center. They were grouped according to their academic capacities and age to ensure the girls receive appropriate lessons. The girls can continue to study and learn their academic lessons within the safe center.

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In Negros Occidental, there was no organization that offers specialized help for sexually abused girls. With 22 years of experience in running rehabilitation shelters in Panay island (Iloilo, Passi City), CAMELEON wants to duplicate its action by opening a new one in Negros in order to protect more victims. With about 30% of the girls beneficiaries of our In-house and After-care program coming from Negros, our extension in the province aims at two goals for 20 girls aged 5 to 17 years old:

  -To offer shelter and rehabilitation support to victims of sexual abuse in Negros Occidental.

  -To facilitate the work with the families of the beneficiaries and the monitoring of After-care program to ensure the reintegration of the girls.

 

Thanks to donations though GlobalGiving, 20 girls who have been victims of sexual abuse are now provided with the opportunity to go to school, participate in sports & circus, and receive medical/psychological care as well as legal assistance when they are determined to sue their perpetrators.

This report shows the progress of the work for the CAMELEON CENTER 3 and more specifically the HOME BUILDING.

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Negros open court
Negros open court

The inauguration of the Negros center was held on October 2019 but we are in need of funds regarding the next 2 following points:

1-      Consequences of the Typhoon hit on December

2-      Build the access road

 

The situation is the following:

The girls are slowly recovering from their sexual aggressions in a peaceful environment.

Regarding the construction of the center, the garden is now finished but we are still looking for funds to build the access road.

 

On December the 24th and 25th of 2019, Typhoon Ursula (with international name “Typhoon Phanfone”) crossed the Western Visayas region in the Philippines with maximum speed wind of 180 km/hour gusts. State of calamity was declared in several provinces and areas in Panay Island such as Capiz, Aklan, Carles, Concepcion, and Antique. The typhoon was followed by an Earthquake (epicenter in San Enrique, Iloilo). The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported at least 47 death tolls record on December 29th, 2019.

The storm lasted about 6 hours, with strong winds and heavy rains which caused the houses to be flooded out.

All girls’ families and employees are fortunately safe and sound, but for the moment there are about fifteen houses to repair. Our papaya farm is completely destroyed and there are a few cracks in the dormitories. Right now, the situation is complicated for the girls’ families who are living in damaged houses. Several staff houses were also affected by the disaster. The material that remained after the typhoon is no longer reusable so they need to buy additional to fix up their houses. All these purchases will cost 8 000€ to the association! 

 

 As a consequence, we need your support more than ever to help these families to rebuild their home!

Thank you for your donation and your support to CAMELEON

Access road to the center
Access road to the center
Girl damaged house of girl' families
Girl damaged house of girl' families
An other damaged house of girl' families
An other damaged house of girl' families
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Laurence Ligier and CAMELEON girls
Laurence Ligier and CAMELEON girls

Five months after the opening of our third center on the island of Negros located in Silay, the CAMELEON team is really excited to give you some news !

The clinic and the office are finally complete and the center was inaugurated in October 10th with the presence of Laurence Ligier, the French founder of CAMELEON.

Today, 20 girls are living in this new center and they all started school in june 10th. When school is over, they share time together and do their homework. We really want to build a solidarity spirit to make them feel safe and comfortable.  They know they can rely on them and on the staff.

On the weekend, they all have some duty as dishes, laundry and cooking to empower themselves slowly but they also enjoy some free time with sport and games.

Besides the staff,  a specialized team provides them medical and psychological care. They also receive legal aid if they decide to prosecute their attackers.

 

Everything seems to be going well in the new center !

CAMELEON chil's rights advocates
CAMELEON chil's rights advocates
CAMELEON girls playing chess
CAMELEON girls playing chess
Negros center inauguration
Negros center inauguration
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Visit of Michigan University's students
Visit of Michigan University's students

The CAMELEON team is happy to announce you that our Center 3 is now open!!

On May, the 31st 2019, our third center located in Silay on the island of Negros has finally opened. Six girls from center 1 and 2 travelled from Passi to their new home, closer to their families. Little after, they were joined by 14 other girls, aged from 5 to 23 years old, with who they have rapidly forged strong links. They all received their school wear for this new year time, and were excited to go back to school on June 10th.

To accompany them on their journey, 9 people are working daily, of which three housemothers living continuously with them at the center.

Regarding the construction, the main house is completely finished and fully equipped, so are the dorms. The girls and the staff can now share meals in the dining-room and cook in the kitchen. The Mariposa Hall is also finished and the girls can play and welcome their visitors in this area. However, the Office and the clinic are still in construction, and we hope that the works will soon be over.


The girls also have access to a large playground, where they can have fun and practice sport activities. One of our long-term volunteer brought some sports equipment so the girls can practice volleyball, basketball and even boxing.

We are happy to share with you these good news and some pictures of our center!!

The girls in their school uniform
The girls in their school uniform
The girls playing together
The girls playing together
View from the playground
View from the playground
Mariposa Hall
Mariposa Hall
The Office
The Office
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Association Cameleon France

Location: Paris - France
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Project Leader:
Laurence LIGIER
Paris, Ile de France France
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