Protecting 300 girls from exploitation in Cambodia

by AusCam Freedom Project
Protecting 300 girls from exploitation in Cambodia
Protecting 300 girls from exploitation in Cambodia
Protecting 300 girls from exploitation in Cambodia
Protecting 300 girls from exploitation in Cambodia
Protecting 300 girls from exploitation in Cambodia
Protecting 300 girls from exploitation in Cambodia
Protecting 300 girls from exploitation in Cambodia
Protecting 300 girls from exploitation in Cambodia
May 6, 2021

Resiliency

We had another inspiring few months at the Shine Centre in Phnom Penh. You know we measure our impact by our effect on a girl's life, not by numbers in our programs. But the numbers are still fun...

Educational Support

  • 121 girls received scholarship packages 
  • 31 girls received extra tutoring
  • 22 girls received bicycles to get to class
  • 20 girls received ICT training

Like Skill sand Peronsal Development

  • 2 girls clubs
  • 67 girls in our Healthy GLOW program

Career Counselling

  • 42 girls in university
  • 4 girls in vocational training
  • 38 girls successfully employed 

Case Management

  • 190 girls with personal case workers
  • 30 girls received urgent health treatment
  • 7 girls received specialised counselling for extra care
  • 5,960 kgs of rice given to families

The Impact: 264 girls

We measure our impact by how strong one girl's resistance is to exploitation, then we replicate that impact to as many others as we can reach. We measure that through:

  • Risk factors removed
  • Program engagement
  • Educational outcomes
  • Self efficacy and resilience

38% of the girls at high risk have been downgraded to low risk
73% increase in engagement in our training and mentoring
100% of the girls are reporting good educational outcomes

Our programming has been interrupted several times this past year, and this past month was no exception as the COVID outbreak in Phnom Penh worsened. The Shine Centre remains closed and a plan of action has been developed in order to continue to reach/protect the girls in any scenario.

As you know, the importance of AusCam's work is in identifying and intervening for girls who are at risk of exploitation. I believe the high risk cases can give us the most insight into how we use risk factors to identify needs, and case closures highlight the value in our intervention. 

High Risk Cases

Nary
notified our case workers that her father was suffering from a sickness. They had no money for a health check-up so our staff arranged and paid for a doctor’s visit. It was discovered that he had a form of chronic sinus infection, which if left untreated would turn. Her father was quickly scheduled for surgery, which our family support program has covered for her family to reduce the risk of Nary dropping out of school to find work. Next steps: case workers will follow up with her family to ensure she is in school, her father is healing and that no additional medical expenses or symptoms put Nary at risk. 

Sokleap has a boyfriend who is pressuring her to drop out of school. Her father has complained that she is constantly lying to him and is skipping school sessions. Her school grades are suffering. Her boyfriend has introduced her to drugs and her father fears she will enter human trafficking. Next steps: intensive home visit to meet with the father and girl separately to determine the best course of action. 

Case Closure

Sreyka
was identified through the Freedom Line in 2020. At the time she had 8 members in her family and had recently dropped out of school because her mother was sick and needed money to support her medical costs. Our AusCam Social worker worked very closely with Sreyka and her family to identify a solution but she still rejected us and went to work with her Aunty. She has gone to work with her aunty since the school was closed one year ago but she has managed to get her homework to her teachers’ house every week. We have been supporting her family with extra rice and emergency supplies when they need them and Sreyka plans to open her own business in her community. All members of her family have jobs now, with a total family income over $500, so we have completed her case and closed this month. “I am thankful to AusCam for giving me the opportunity to learn so many new things such as that I attended  other training with AusCam and always support me and my family.” - Sreyka, March 2021

Just recently parts of Cambodia went into lockdown due to a sudden COVID outbreak. Many families cannot leave their house, even for food, so we have organised a relief effort to continue to keep girls and their families safe so they can thrive post COVID. For more infromation or to support the efforts, please visit our link below.

Thank you for your relentless support and believe in the power of a girl with opportunities, choices and freedom. 

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AusCam Freedom Project

Location: Maroubra - Australia
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Project Leader:
Jessie Teerman
Maroubra, NSW Australia
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