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  • Organisation

    CAMELEON Association, Inc. is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation founded in 1997 that rehabilitates sexually abused girls in Western Visayas, provides educational support to poor but deserving students, empowers their parents through livelihood and skills training and promotes the welfare and protection of children.

     

     

    Through its Rehabilitation Program, 50 girls – beneficiaries of the In-House Program – are housed every year and given psychosocial interventions, educational and medical support and legal assistance. This rehabilitation phase allows the girls to rebuild themselves and overcome the trauma they experienced. Another 62 girls, part of the After-Care Program, are still being supported in their respective communities after their reintegration from the rehabilitation phase. Parents are also given parenting seminars and counselling. The girls of the Rehabilitation Program also benefit from sports, circus and recreational activities, used in the framework of their reconstruction. Circus is one of CAMELEON’s unique strategies in the healing process of the girls. By participating in this activity and in sports events, the girls become aware of their strengths and weaknesses and increase their self-esteem.

    CAMELEON has also established its Advocacy Program to promote and protect the welfare of the children through lectures to children in schools and communities, trainings to community leaders and professionals, seminars to parents and teachers, conferences, lobbying and participation in the policymaking. CAMELEON also uses the media (TV, radio, social media) to relay its message in order to impact an ever-increasing number of people. The program has already conducted two big conferences in Iloilo and Capiz (‘Breaking the Silence Conference’) on the handling and reporting of rape cases concerning children.

    • Organisation

      CAMELEON Association, Inc. is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation founded in 1997 that rehabilitates sexually abused girls in Western Visayas, provides educational support to poor but deserving students, empowers their parents through livelihood and skills training and promotes the welfare and protection of children.

       

       

      Through its Rehabilitation Program, 50 girls – beneficiaries of the In-House Program – are housed every year and given psychosocial interventions, educational and medical support and legal assistance. This rehabilitation phase allows the girls to rebuild themselves and overcome the trauma they experienced. Another 62 girls, part of the After-Care Program, are still being supported in their respective communities after their reintegration from the rehabilitation phase. Parents are also given parenting seminars and counselling. The girls of the Rehabilitation Program also benefit from sports, circus and recreational activities, used in the framework of their reconstruction. Circus is one of CAMELEON’s unique strategies in the healing process of the girls. By participating in this activity and in sports events, the girls become aware of their strengths and weaknesses and increase their self-esteem.

      CAMELEON has also established its Advocacy Program to promote and protect the welfare of the children through lectures to children in schools and communities, trainings to community leaders and professionals, seminars to parents and teachers, conferences, lobbying and participation in the policymaking. CAMELEON also uses the media (TV, radio, social media) to relay its message in order to impact an ever-increasing number of people. The program has already conducted two big conferences in Iloilo and Capiz (‘Breaking the Silence Conference’) on the handling and reporting of rape cases concerning children.

    • Project

      Advocating Children’s Rights and Preventing Sexual Violence Against Children is a 3-year project of CAMELEON Association implemented in Western Visayas. It makes use of innovative tools and methodologies in advocacy for child rights such as forum theatre and circus shows, in addition to children workshops, games, grassroots activities, trainings, conferences and national reports. Two groups of child abuse survivors are actively engaged as front runners in this project: the Voice of CAMELEON’s Children (VCC) and CAMELEON’s Youth Health Advocates. This strongly impacts the design of the project, as the audience is even more responsive to the advocacy actions on child abuse when presented by survivors who share their personal testimonies and reconstruction stories.

      A peer to peer approach in awareness raising is also utilised in this project as an innovative strategy for empowering children and youth. This approach is successful as the youth is even more receptive to information when disseminated by people of their own age. Advocating is also seen as therapeutic for the ambassadors and the project aims to measure how beneficial this is in their reconstruction and what conditions are necessary to make it helpful to them.

      The project also aims to launch a research on the attitudes of communities towards sexual abuse in order to analyse the cultural factors that give leeway to abuse. Through the years, it has been observed that there is a silent tolerance of abuse in some communities which may lead to non-reporting of its occurrence and to persistence of the problem. The results of this analysis are expected to allow CAMELEON to improve its awareness-raising actions in order to better fight false representations and prejudices. CAMELEON’s main goal with this project is to initiate a change in mentalities, thereby reducing the number of abuse cases and at the same time increasing its reporting.

       

  • Project

    Advocating Children’s Rights and Preventing Sexual Violence Against Children is a 3-year project of CAMELEON Association implemented in Western Visayas. It makes use of innovative tools and methodologies in advocacy for child rights such as forum theatre and circus shows, in addition to children workshops, games, grassroots activities, trainings, conferences and national reports. Two groups of child abuse survivors are actively engaged as front runners in this project: the Voice of CAMELEON’s Children (VCC) and CAMELEON’s Youth Health Advocates. This strongly impacts the design of the project, as the audience is even more responsive to the advocacy actions on child abuse when presented by survivors who share their personal testimonies and reconstruction stories.

    A peer to peer approach in awareness raising is also utilised in this project as an innovative strategy for empowering children and youth. This approach is successful as the youth is even more receptive to information when disseminated by people of their own age. Advocating is also seen as therapeutic for the ambassadors and the project aims to measure how beneficial this is in their reconstruction and what conditions are necessary to make it helpful to them.

    The project also aims to launch a research on the attitudes of communities towards sexual abuse in order to analyse the cultural factors that give leeway to abuse. Through the years, it has been observed that there is a silent tolerance of abuse in some communities which may lead to non-reporting of its occurrence and to persistence of the problem. The results of this analysis are expected to allow CAMELEON to improve its awareness-raising actions in order to better fight false representations and prejudices. CAMELEON’s main goal with this project is to initiate a change in mentalities, thereby reducing the number of abuse cases and at the same time increasing its reporting.

     

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