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Successful Collaboration to Return 33 victims from Vietnam
On 4th November, 33 Cambodian, including 25 (14 females) Trafficked children were repatriated from long An province, Vietnam country by Cambodia Center for the Protection of Children's Right (CCPCR), a partner of USAID, Cambodia Countering Trafficking in Persons (CTIP). They were referred by Vietnam authority to Cambodia with the collaboration of CCPCR, Cambodian authorities, Anti Trafficking police, Svay Rieng Department of Social Affair and NGOs partner throw Bavet City.
When arrived CCPCR's Bavet transit Center, they were greeting by Cambodian authority and CCPCR Coordinated with service, such as the place, counseling, foods and Interview with the screening form and some victims got supported on traveling back home.
After interviewed, 25 (14f) children were identified as victims of exploitation of labor trafficking because they were sent to beg and sell lottery by their parents, relatives and brokers and other 8 adults were victims of migrant abuse.
All of them complained about poor situation of family, no money for study, and have debt, that why they decided to make money in Vietnam.
One child said her parents have debt, she didn't have money to buy school material, and she also wanted to help family, so she decided to go abroad to sell lottery and beg for money with other neighbors."It was not so difficult and got bitten, but I was scared with walking and sleeping. I had to escape when I saw the police", She added.
Because of illegal migrant, all of them were arrested and detained by Vietnamese authorities about two months before returning to Cambodia and after process the document, CCPCR were reintegrated them to community to live with their family.
One other child said, this is the first time for him to go there and he was very afraid when he was arrested by Vietnamese authority and he never think he could be back home safety." I want to pursue my study and I will not go there again, even if my parents force me, I will tell them about the difficulty life of living there", He continued.
For violation against human trafficking and child trafficking in Cambodia, CCPCR under supported by USAID's partner, Cambodia Countering Trafficking-in-Person Program (CTIP) implemented by Winrock International is working closely to the victims and victims’ families, especially, the vulnerable people with the protection and prevention program,.
Precisely, CCPCR provided some basic need to victims and victims' families and grant for running small business at home to make sure that the family have sustainable income and their children get a chance to study. Moreover, CCPCR also disseminate them with awareness raising, in order to spread the information about risky of migration, human trafficking, and set up SHGs and AC to improve their living condition.
However, for the case of 33 repatriated above, CCPCR will provide them some service, such as counseling, enroll them to public school with school material to pursue their study and adults will be provided the skill training and grant for small business at home in order to avoid from repeat migration and human trafficking.
Case: Better Education, Better Life and a Bright Future
"I got better life and better education, CCPCR provided me a bright future" One beneficiary said.
DV 009 is the one among many beneficiaries who got long term shelter support to stay and get education in CCPCR's Phnom Penh shelter. She is a child from one poor family in Svay Rieng province and also the case of suffered from domestic violence with her father mistreated the family. After her parents divorced, her mother was difficult to respond for 4 children, and it was hard to support their children with good care, enough food and study.
CCPCR provided DV 009 a chance to stay and study in shelter since she was grade 5, after conducted follow up and assessments many times about her family situation.
DV 009 said she has been provided support many things when she came to CCPCR's shelter, such as school materials, bicycle, books, pens, clothes and material for daily used and expend.
Every member of her family had no chance to study because of family condiction (Parents broke up) and poverty situation. But DV 009 is the luckiest, she could get a high education. She said " if there was no help from CCPCR, I would not get education, because my family was poor and my mother was a waitress whose income is too low to support my study."
CCPCR is her sweet home and second parents, she added. And she expressed her thankful to CCPCR for brought her a new and comfortable life with better education.
To eliminate human trafficking, labor trafficking, child migrant abuse and risk migration, CCPCR have saved more over 3150 children since 1994. And they were from poor families, child victims and vulnerable children.
For supporting them with long term service, study, learn skills with material supplying are the donations from local and international NGOs partners and generous.
DV 009 recently graduated from high school, and she is looking for major to continue her studies in college. She is willing to become a bank employee, because she hopes she will be able to get a good job and high salary to help her family.
Child Club in Kampong Thom Combate Against Violation of Childrenβs Rights
“The girl is always cry when she remember her mother. Her mother went abroad to earn money and now no reply.” One elementary school teacher said.
Kampong Thom province is a typically countryside area in Cambodia. Huge number of families live in extreme poverty situation and βmigrant to Phnom Penh or other country to earn money. In such a situation, a lot of children are endangered in violation of children’s rights such as child labor, domestic violence, no education, poor hygiene and human trafficking.
Even though many children experienced like that difficulty, they strongly combat against problems as they are members of Child Club. They understand Children’s Rights, importance of education and other knowledge related to their living by getting educated with CCPCR and Teacher. One Child Club member could answer about the Children's Right, is the right to be protected, life, participation, and growing with education.
One other member said that her life has been changed. “Now I can share my opinion to my parents and they start to listen about it. If my parents ask me to quit school, I can refuse it, because I have my rights”.
However, there are still difficulty for some children in village, they want to get education as other children, but they live under the pressure of family situation. “One child wants to join the Child Club, but his mother went to work in Malaysia and his father always logging in the forest every day. So he have to take care his little brother and it is impossible.”One teacher said.
As just described, sometime poverty and migration is a big issue to solve violation of children’s rights. Then CCPCR program supported their combate by setting up Parent group, saving group or conducting training workshop and so on.
For adding to Child Club, children have a chance to study. “I want to be a doctor and I wish to contribute to my village. I would like to help ill person who are living in poverty.” One Child Club member talked about his dream. Written and Photo by Yuya Yamakawa
Livelihood Training Workshop on Chicken and Pig raising to Victims and Victims'family
August 26th to 28th, the Chicken and Pig raising Training was conducted three days by CCPCR under cooperation and support by USAID throw Winrock International. The 33 trainees are CCPCR's beneficiaries from Svay Rieng, Kampong Speu, Prey Veng, Kboung Khmom, and Mondulkiri province. They live in poor situation which have risk of migration and human trafficking, so this three days training is important to build their capacity building on livelihood.