25 years of action: thank you for being part of it
By Laurence Ligier | Project Leader
25 years ago, Laurence Ligier founded CAMELEON Association to help girls victims of sexual abuse in the Philippines and in France. This anniversary is the opportuniy for us to thank our teams, donors, partners and sponsors without whom it could not have been possible to protect the girls and guide them on the path of empowerment. We are proud of our beneficiaries who continue to support AMELEON's action, even after successfully leaving the institution.
We invite you to take a look back at 25 years of child protection work:
We're glad to send you some news from our activities in the Philippines. This summer, 21 new girls have been admitted in our centers. If you're interested to sponsor one of them, feel free to contact us: email@example.com
Best wishes, The CAMELEON Team
Anniversary of the Negros center
In 2019, CAMELEON extended its reach to Negros Island by opening a new center in Silay City. From its original maximum capacity of 20, the center is now accommodating 30 girls from various cities and municipalities in the province. Last May 30, 2023, the girls and the staff celebrated the important milestones with a series of activities fostering unity and camaraderie.
Last May, 88 girls participated in the music, sound healing, yoga and meditation activities. They learned different ways of breathing, body movements, chanting and relaxation that are helpful for their physical and emotional well-being. These therapeutic activities help reduce anxiety, offer emotional support and facilitate life-affirming interaction for the beneficiaries. We are thankful for the support, kindness and time of Lee and Francesca (friends from Manila) in facilitating these activities.
Career assessment for the After-care girls
23 After-Care girls participated in a career assessment session last June. This aimed to provide engaging and interesting ways to learn and explore different careers that they could take. Through its Job placement program, CAMELEON organizes activities that help the girls increase their self-awareness, interests, values, and skills for job opportunities.
Parent effectiveness seminar
CAMELEON In-House Passi organized a Parent Effectiveness Seminar last June 23, 2023 in Passi Center. It aimed to educate and provide information to the parents on parenting and children’s rights, to equip them with the knowledge on how to be an effective parent to their children’s growth and development. It strengthens family relationships — a necessary factor towards girls’ healing and recovery.
Sending-off ceremonies in our centers
Last July 22 and 28, 21 girls from the CAMELEON Residential Care Program were successfully reintegrated to their respective communities. We are proud of the girls’ self-determination to take on such an uneasy path towards healing and recovery. But their transformative journey does not end here.
Through our Aftercare Program, they will be continuously supported in all aspects of their being until they finish their college education and eventually, become accomplished individuals who will serve as agents of change in their own community and champions of CAMELEON’s advocacy.
Last February, five girls with two accompanying staff from CAMELEON Philippines and Charlotte, Operational Director of CAMELEON France, went to Nepal for a 10-day exposure trip with SOS-Bahini, a partner NGO supported by CHL (Cooperation Huminataire Luxembourg). This was a good opportunity for a cross-cultural experience by interacting with fellow beneficiaries from SOS-Bahini, and knowledge transfer of best practices of exchange activities of both NGOs. “The trip taught me a lot of life-lessons and gave me more courage to be an example and inspiration to my fellow girls” – Juliene, 19 years old, beneficiary of our post-residential care program.
Arrival of new beneficiaries
11 new girl survivors of sexual abuse were integrated in our centers since the beginning of 2023. They are now part of the CAMELEON family and provided with medical care, educational assistance, psycho-social interventions and legal support.
Valentine's Day Celebration
In the centers, the girls celebrated Valentine's Day, a very popular day in the Philippines. Through group workshops with the social workers, they were able to express themselves on their representations of love. At the end of the day, during a team-building activity, five beneficiaries were chosen to represent their teams in a parade. The girls were able to overcome their shyness by being encouraged by their fellow girls. All the girls contributed to the creation of the costumes for the parade. This event brought the girls together and helped them regain confidence in themselves and in their talents.
Computer training for the girls in Silay
The beneficiaries of our Silay center underwent a 3-day computer training, provided by Negros Occidental Language & Information Technology Center. This practical training provided them with valuable knowledge on computer functions and internet usage, as well as computer hardware, networking and troubleshooting.
2023 Summer camp “Change maker”
The Summer Camp was organized by CAMELEON beneficiaries and staff in the Philippines last April. After three years of health crisis, the celebration of this event entitled "Change maker" brought together more than 600 people including children and young beneficiaries, parents, CAMELEON staff and partners. Games, sports challenges, contests and artistic displays were all part of the program, with a warm and friendly spirit. You can wtach the teaser of the 25th Anniversary and Summer Camp 2023 celebration!
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