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Covid-19- Sexual victims in the Philippines

by Association Cameleon France
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Covid-19- Sexual victims in the Philippines
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Covid-19- Sexual victims in the Philippines
Covid-19- Sexual victims in the Philippines
Covid-19- Sexual victims in the Philippines
Covid-19- Sexual victims in the Philippines
Covid-19- Sexual victims in the Philippines
Covid-19- Sexual victims in the Philippines
Covid-19- Sexual victims in the Philippines
Covid-19- Sexual victims in the Philippines
Covid-19- Sexual victims in the Philippines
Covid-19- Sexual victims in the Philippines
Covid-19- Sexual victims in the Philippines
Covid-19- Sexual victims in the Philippines
Covid-19- Sexual victims in the Philippines
Covid-19- Sexual victims in the Philippines
The Main House
The Main House

The construction work of the 3rd CAMELEON Shelter on the island of Negros, in the Philippines, started in March 2018. The Shelter will house 20 girl victims of sexual violence, from 5 to 23 years of age.

The construction is moving along as planned and the Shelter will welcome its first beneficiaries in May 2019. An opening ceremony will take place in April 2019 before the arrival of the girls in May.

Here is a summary of the construction’s progress.

- The main house: between March and July 2018, work progressed well: the dining room, the entrance hall, the girls' dormitory, the director's room, the staff room and the therapy room have all been built. Almost everything is done, and it will be completely finished by the end of October!

 - The office and clinic: the building of the office and clinic began in June 2018. Since everything is going according to plan, it will end in March 2019.

 - The other buildings: construction of the Mariposa Hall, the laundry room, the guardian’s house, the car park and the access road will start in October 2018. It is planned to go on until March 2019.

 We will keep you posted for more updates on our Shelter!

The Main House
The Main House
The Main House - bedroom
The Main House - bedroom
The Main House - roof installment
The Main House - roof installment
The Office and Clinic building
The Office and Clinic building
The Office and Clinic building - Foundations
The Office and Clinic building - Foundations
The Office and Clinic building - Wall building
The Office and Clinic building - Wall building
The Mariposa Hall
The Mariposa Hall
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The construction of the Negros CAMELEON Shelter in Negros Island is moving ahead according to plan.

The walls are already up, as can be seen in the following pictures, and construction is proceeding on schedule.

Laurence Ligier, Founder of CAMELEON, was on the construction site in May to supervise the building. She is now in France but she will be back in August to meet with the architect, the constructors and suppliers and to oversee the ongoing work.

Come spring 2019, twenty young girls will move into their new “home”, each of whom will have been referred to CAMELEON by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, each of them victims of sexual violence and in need of a safe place where they can begin the long and delicate process of rebuilding their broken lives.

CAMELEON will also follow up 20 other young girls belonging to the Negros after care program. All of this, thanks to the generosity of our patrons and sponsors.

You too can help!

Make a donation for the Negros Shelter. THANK YOU !

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Construction
Construction

Construction started in march 2018 and now you can see work in progress.

We really need you to help us to build this new shelter in Silay, in the province of Negros Occidental, in order to facilitate the protection, personal reconstruction and reintegration of 40 young girls victim of sexual abuse (5-23 years old).

They will be provided with the opportunity to go to school, participate in sports, and receive medical/psychological care as well as legal assistance when they wish to sue their aggressors.

Sports and physical activity play an integral role in the education and personal rehabilitation of the children at CAMELEON. They are considered good therapeutically as they allow children to come out of their shells, feel well, have fun and build a positive image of themselves especially for girls who have been victims of sexual abuse.

Every year circus professionals from France come to CAMELEON Philippines as volunteers as part of the partnership with the Ecole Nationale des Arts du Cirque de Rosny-sous-Bois (ENACR). This team of trainers works with those girls who show motivation and talent for circus arts. These girls then run circus training at the centers for the rest of the year.

Coaching sessions and workshops to develop core skills are also offered, such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, dance and Taekwondo. Leisure activities are also regularly organized such as outdoor games, summer camp, and dance and music workshops. Together, they help build positive values, personal development and solidarity among the children.

CAMELEON will also raise awareness on Children's rights at local and national levels.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony
Groundbreaking Ceremony

Finally, after so many months of patience and perseverance, we eventually celebrated our ground breaking ceremony for our new center in Silay City, Negros, on January 10th, 2018. Many personalities attended this warm event including the bishop of Bacolod who blessed the land, the mayor of Silay Mark Golez, Mario Deriquito the president of BDO foundation, a major sponsor, the foundress of CAMELEON, Laurence Ligier and of course the staff and the architects. The event was also attended by Zonta Club of Makati Ayala President Rita Dy and Zonta Club of Makati and Environs President Mita Rufino, key individuals, partners, public officials, and stakeholders. The two Zonta Clubs helped source local funding and the lot for this project.

The TV station ABS-CBN was able to witness and disseminate the information on a local TV program.

It felt good to gather for this memorable moment with all those who supported the project despite all odds. Now that we have a land, donated by the City of Silay, we can safely consider the next steps, which are the final site development, the preparation and submission of the building permits, the updated quotation of the contractors and the kicking-off of the works.

We are targeting to start the construction on March 8th, the International Women’s Day, a symbol of the mission, as these buildings will benefit the girls and the women of Negros.

We also want to thank our partners in Luxembourg: Coopération Humanitaire Luxembourg, Fondation NIF and the Luxembourg Government. They have been great supporters of the project, throughout all impediments.

Our supporters at the Groundbreaking Ceremony
Our supporters at the Groundbreaking Ceremony

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The director shaking hands with the Mayor of Silay
The director shaking hands with the Mayor of Silay

This must be CAMELEON's gift for this Christmas Season: a lot was finally donated to us for the construction of our centre in Negros, in Silay! Silay City is part of the metropolis of Bacolod, the capital of Negros Occidental and it is also known as the “Paris of Negros” for its rich cultural and artistic heritage.

The land that was given to us is located in an agricultural landscape, about 8km from the town of Silay whose main activity resides in the sugar cane industry. Our first neighbor is also an NGO, who provides an education to poor and deserving students.

The deed of donation was signed on December 6th and the ground-breaking ceremony will be held in the first two weeks of January, in the presence of the Mayor of Silay - Mayor Golez - , of the governor and of many other sponsors and partners who have been waiting so long for this positive outcome.

The construction work will start in January 2018 following the ground-breaking ceremony. Our plans are all prepared and ready for implementation. We will start with the construction of the wall fence and then with the 2 buildings: a house for 20 girls and a clinic and office. We hope that we can welcome the first girls for the second semester of the Philippines school year, in November 2018.

Let’s hope that this Christmas season will bring us more blessings and support to help girls who need to be protected in Negros.

Signature of the deed of donation
Signature of the deed of donation
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Location: Paris - France
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Sandy JAUNET
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