Update on Cambodian Acid Survivors’ Charity (CASC) – April 2014

Cambodia Acid Survivors Charity (CASC) – Phnom Penh
We were happy to welcome Dan Tagliere, the President of the board of CSC, to our members meeting to provide us with an update on the CASC program that New Day funded in 2009 and 2012. The CASC program was established in 2006 as a response to the lack of services and limited medical options for acid burn survivors. CASC tackled the issues involved, with the help of charity partners, in 4 main ways:
1)Surgical, Medical, and Psychological Treatment
2)Vocational Training & Social Reintegration
3)Legal Assistance and Advocacy
4)Awareness raising, research, education, and advocacy to diminish acid violence.
Their efforts have paid off! With the enactment of the Acid Law and Sub Decree in Cambodia in January of 2012, there has been an 83% decrease in acid attacks since 2010. There were 3 attacks in all of Cambodia in 2013. The survivors still need ongoing support but the prevention and advocacy work has minimized the number of future survivors.
To learn more about this successful program, you can see Dan’s presentation here: CASC Presentation Jan2014

Please also find a link to a Cambodia Daily feature on the changes at CASC, accomplishments, and a profile on Bunnarith one of their staff member (and an acid survivor) that ran recently in the paper:

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/features/acid-attack-survivor-once-again-seeking-fresh-start-55825/

 

Final report from Daughters of Cambodia – March 2014

New Day has received the final report for the 2012/2013 grant given to Daughters for the October 2012 to October 2013 operations.  This grant funded a Production Manager and Assistant, Rent, and the purchase of a generator.
Daughters has et their goals to improve productivity and efficiency through the implementation of an inventory and pricing system.
They currently employ 145 clients in their 5 businesses.  They have a 98% success rate of clients staying out of the sex trade for women who stay beyond 6 months.  In addition to providing employment Daughters has extensive programs that provide counselling, healthcare, creche facilities and life skills training to their clients.  You can read the narrative report here: New Day_2012-13_Final Narrative Report

Visit to Daughters – June 2013

New Day visits the new Daughters Cafe near the Russian Market in Phnom Penh - June, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On June 13, 2013 New Day members, Chris Green, Shannon Rogers and Liza Green visited Daughters of Cambodia in Phnom Penh.  Amanda King, Donor Relations Manager for Daughters, led the visit to the newly opened Sugar and Spice Garden Café near the Russian market followed by meetings at the Daughters Center with the accounting staff and the Sewing Room Production Manager. We also had the opportunity to see the renovation work at the Daughters guesthouse down the road from the Garden Café and due to open in August this year.

Over lunch at the Garden Café, Amanda outlined all the recent developments at Daughters:  the new café and guesthouse, increasing client numbers in the New Day funded Sewing Room and the status of the café and shop at the established Daughters Visitor Center on Street 178.  Sales at the two cafes and shop are increasing and there are currently around 120 clients employed by Daughters.  Due to their vulnerable life situations, this population requires a lot of care and support services, especially in the first six months of their employment.  Daughters provides social work, medical and child care support for their clients.  If the clients manage to last through their initial 6 trainee months at Daughters they seem to enjoy the stability of their employment and the organization manages to retain them.  A lot of extra support and monitoring is needed for the new client staff and Daughters is seeing an increase in the trauma exhibited by this population.  Daughters staff regularly conduct outreach into the red light districts to connect with potential clients and bring them into the organization.  They also work with NGO partners who refer clients to them.

As Daughters grows and expands their businesses they are facing many challenges with regard to staffing, production and client management but they continue to provide a support structure and employment for girls and women choosing to end a life in the brothels.

 

New Day Grant to Daughters – March 2013

The Sewing Room at Daughters.

In March 2013 New Day made a grant of US$18,000 to Daughters of Cambodia.  This is the 3rd grant New Day has made to the organization.  The grant will be used to cover staffing costs, business operations and running costs for the Sewing room and the counseling, medical and day care building.

Daughters continues to develop their six fair trade businesses and now employs the majority of clients in their Sewing Room.  You can read their latest report for New Day here: new day.daughters update.

New Day Visit to Sharana, India – March 7 and 8


Visiting the Sharana night shelter outside Pondicherry.

On March 7 and 8, 2013 New Day members Shannon Rogers, Paula Marriott, Catherine Copping and Liza Green traveled to Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu province to visit the Sharana project.

New Day has been funding Sharana (previously Kalki) since 2008.  Our funding has focused on the Girls’ Program led by social worker Amala Devi.  This program works with girls living on the streets or slums of Pondicherry to bring them into the various Sharana programs including the Drop In Center and Night Shelter where they receive counseling, education enrichment, nutrition and care.  The Girls’ program also runs workshops and conducts out reach visits into the communities where these girls live.

Young girls from the Girls' Program

During the visit New Day members also had the opportunity to learn more about other programs run by Sharana in Pondicherry and the surrounding areas including a carpentry training program for boys and a microcredit program for village women.

New Day member Paula Marriott at the Sharana Drop In Center

You can read the report from Sharana for the grant year 2012-2013 here: 2012-2013 GirlsProgramReport

 

Update on Cambodian Acid Survivor’s Charity (CASC), October 2012

The operating room at Children's Surgical Centre.

Work at the CASC continues with the provision of surgeries, legal aid and ongoing care for victims of acid attacks.  A central part of CASC’s focus is to advocate for comprehensive laws to prevent these attacks by regulating the sale of acid and prosecuting perpetrators of acid violence.  New Day received the following positive update from CASC Project Manager Ziad Samman:

Acid Law: The Cambodian‘Acid Law’ was passed in December of 2012. However, only the ‘punishment and sentencing’ aspects have been enacted. The details of all regulatory aspects of the legislation are dependent on a sub decree that is currently still under development, therefore the sale and distribution of acid remains unregulated at this stage. However, we have received information from sources in the Ministry of Interior that the sub decree is likely to be finalized and put into effect before the end of 2012.

Legal Cases: In 2012 CASC has had some successes in the court room. Two legal cases went to trial both resulting in the conviction of the perpetrators – one eight year sentence (in absentia), and one 10 year sentence (with the perpetrator in prison). However it is worth noting that these cases did not fall under the Acid Law as they relate to attacks that took place in 2011 before the law was enacted. We are expecting the first legal cases to be tried under the new legislation before the end of 2012. 

Statistics: Over the past 2 years the number of acid attacks recorded has decreased dramatically. In 2010 CASC recorded a total of 26 acid attacks resulting is 43 people being burnt. So far in 2012 CASC has only recorded a total of 6 confirmed acid attacks, four accidental burns, and two suicides by drinking acid, resulting in a total of 13 people being burnt. One can speculate that this is partially due to the development of the acid law, the up scaling of prevention activities (by organizations such as CASC and CCHR), and the increased publicity relating to acid violence issues in the local media.   

 


 

Update on Shakti Samuha Nepal, October 2012

Playing games at a picnic for the New Day visit

New Day Members Shannon Rogers and Rohan Kalbag had the opportunity to visit the crisis shelter in Pokhara and meet the staff at Shakti Samuha in Kathmandu.  The staff in Kathmandu provided an overview of the crucial support, prevention, and advocacy work that Shakti is doing in the anti-trafficking field in Nepal.  The organization was established in 1996 by trafficking survivors determined to unite, support and empower women who have been affected by trafficking.  They have become a major voice in the anti-trafficking movement in Nepal and internationally.  With the assistance of partner NGO’s and government agencies, Shakti programs address the full needs of trafficking survivors: rescue, crisis support, emergency shelter, medical assistance, reintegration support, job training, and awareness and anti-trafficking education.  They run 2 emergency shelters in Kathmandu that primarily assist Nepalese women who were trafficked internationally, mainly returning from India.  The 3rd shelter is located in Pokhara and assists young women that were trafficked or coming out of the commercial sex sector within Nepal.  New Day Asia’s 2012 grant helped fund the operating expenses of the Pokhara shelter.  Currently there are 9 young women under the age of 18 living in the shelter.  The shelter has capacity for up to 15.  Annually the shelter provides a safe place and support services to about 45 young women.  They stay anywhere from a few days to 6 months, depending on their needs.  The average length stay is about 1 month.

After spending the day with the residents and staff of the Pokhara shelter, Shannon Rogers described the program:   “It was a very warm and loving environment.  It was very apparent that the staff were providing a safe and comfortable place for the girls to recover and determine their next steps.  They were all very welcoming and treated us to a wonderful picnic day filled with lots of games, dancing, and laughter.  The girls ages ranged from 8 to18 and despite the vast differences in needs the girls came together to support and help each other.  The girls asked us to never forget them – we never will.”

Update on Daughters of Cambodia, October, 2012

Jewelry making at Daughters

In September we had an opportunity to receive a program update from Ruth, the Director and Founder of Daughters of Cambodia.
Daughters opened their second cafe in the Russian Market area of Phnom Penh.  They also signed a new lease on a property to become the first Daughters B&B.  There are presently 98 clients working at the various Daughters business lines, of which 25 are working in the cafes and the visiting center.
One of the concerns last Spring when meeting with Ruth was how to support the morale of the staff while also providing support to clients traumatized by their trafficking and work in the sex industry. After the death of one of the clients at the hands of an abusive partner, the management and social work team has put a more supportive structure in place, including weekly support meetings and monthly debriefing meetings.
You can read the final report from Daughters on the 2012 funding here: New Day Foundation Report_July-Sept2012

Update on Sharana Girls Program (formerly Kalki), June 2012

Kalki Welfare Society merged with Sharana in January 2012 due to difficulties with the Indian Inland Revenue department around receiving foreign donations.  Sharana has been a partner of Kalki in Pondicherry for a long time and is an established NGO in the town, working with street children in prevention and education programs.  Sharana absorbed all of Kalki’s staff and programs and New Day is happy to continue our support of the work they are doing helping street-living girls to find as brighter future.  Over the past 4 years, New Day has funded both the Girls’ program and Night Shelter.  You can read some of the highlights of these programs below and in more detail here, Program for Adolescent Girls and Centre for Children at Risk – June 2011- May 2012:
– Night Shelter home to 43 girls over past year
– 284 girls enrolled in the broader Girls’ Programme
– 114 girls assisted to find a job over past year in shops, offices, manufacturing
– 3 girls referred for nursing training (2 year course)
– Life skills workshops for adolescent girls in public schools to start in August 2012
– 2012-2013 grant will fund the Girls Program
In June 2012, New Day made a grant of HK$85,550 to Sharana for the continued support of their Girls’ Program.  This grant will cover the costs of the established education, life skills and job placement programme as well as the expansion of this programme into public high schools in Pondicherry.  It will also fund the establishment and running of a half-way house where graduates of the program who are not yet ready to be fully independent can live and be cared for while they study and/or start new jobs.  You can read in detail about the Girl’s Program here:

Update on Obstetric Fistula Program at CSC, June 2012

Since the 2011 grant to Children’s Surgical Centre for their Obstetric Fistula Program they have performed 25 surgeries on fistula patients and run 10 months of radio adverts to raise awareness of the problem and publicize their services.  Due to the support of a grant from the UNFPA, CSC no longer requires funds for their fistula program. Their partner charity Cambodian Acid Survivor’s Charity (CASC) is in need of funds and has requested a US$5,850 grant from New Day.  This grant will cover 15 surgeries for their female patients as well as costs for their physiotherapy surgery support.  This will be the second New Day grant to CASC and we are delighted to support them once again.  You can read the CSC report here: Report for New Day Foundation

In May 2012 New Day visited CSC in Phnom Penh.  Below is a summary of the visit by member Shannon Rogers:

Met with Anne McMurrey the Stakeholder Relations Officer to tour the center and receive an update on the Obstetric Fistula Program. CSC finished the renovations of their facilities.  They now have 110 beds, up from 40, and more operating space as well. They are moving out of a side building that they utilized for the eye exams and physical therapy.  Was only a temporary arrangement. They recently completed 2 OF surgeries.  There are 2 waiting to be done – the Doctor is now traveling for training. They just completed another outreach to the countryside to seek patients and spread the word about the OF capabilities at CSC. The outreach and awareness campaign are still considered to be crucial.  The radio campaign illustrates the challenge that many who are actually affected by OF have never had care or had ailment defined for them.  Most don’t know what it is called or realize the problem being spoken about on radio is what they are dealing with. 

Funding for OF program is not needed right now.  They are still using UN funds.

Two volunteers are currently researching the effectiveness of the OF outreach program and follow up program.

Possible Funding Needs:  The Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity (CASC)  A program Dr. Jim started since many of the acid burn victims would not leave the hospital after their extensive surgeries there.  They did not feel comfortable going home and needed a more safe and supportive environment. 

 

Update on visit to Daughters of Cambodia, May 2012

Jewelry making at Daughters

New Day members Shannon Rogers, Georgie Kirkaldie and Paola de Antonellis visited Daughters on the May 2012 site visit to Phnom Penh.  You can read Shannon’s summary of the visit below.  For more information you can contact Shannon on <rogers.shannon@yahoo.com> and download the new day.daughters update.:

We had an opportunity to sit down with Ruth, the Founder and Director of Daughters of Cambodia during our May visit. It has been a busy 6 months for them.  They moved and settled into a new facility that has much better space for all the business lines, the services, and operations.  The only space that is lacking is for the daycare center.  Since the daycare center needs are growing, with 11 pregnant clients, Ruth is hoping to partner with another NGO to outsource the daycare needs.  This will be beneficial to the children and the mothers, as the program will be more structured for them.  The new space has given them a much larger Sewing Room, and good space to develop the Son’s Program, that was really just getting off the ground when we last visited in November.  The Son’s program has really developed their woodcraft product line, while the Sewing Room has greatly developed their craft line.  We were impressed with all the new Bears, Monkeys, and gift items.
The product line is developing and the quality is looking great!  
Daughters will be opening a new Cafe near the Russian Market in the next few months.  
Right now there are 90 clients working for daughters, 10 of which are young men in the Son’s line.  So with the clients, the 20 volunteers, and 20 employees, Daughters has become a good sized company with 120 people.  Ruth estimated that 50% of their operating costs are now covered by income from the various business lines.  They are still dependent on donors to help them provide full services of Mental Health Support, Medical Support, and Childcare support as these women are being trained and learning how to support themselves and their families outside of the sex industry.  The pressures are great on these women to provide, and it is crucial for them to be receiving a livable wage as they are being trained and learning skills that will hopefully help them earn income for the rest of their lives.  
Ruth stated that the greatest challenge for her organization at this time is to protect the emotional well-being of her staff and her volunteers, in addition to the clients.  
Ruth stated that funding support going forward should be focused on helping Daughters to make their business even stronger….

 

Update on Shakti Samuha, June 2012

At our June 11 members meeting in Hong Kong, Zein Williams from Child Welfare Scheme Nepal (CWS), spoke about her recent visit to Shakti in Pokhara.  CWS project manages Shakti on the ground and assists with fundraising, staffing and ongoing management.  You can read an exerpt of Zein’s feedback below or download the Mid year report May 2012- FINAL for more information.  Please contact New Day project leader Danny den Hartog on dannydenhartog@yahoo.com about joining the New Day visit to Shakti on September 30 – October 1, 2012.

The Hong Kong team visited the project in March 2012 and found that the atmosphere in the house was relaxed and peaceful. For security reasons, the house has no name and no logo and a female guard is posted at the door at all times. Inside the house, all 11 resident girls greeted us with smiles. We toured the house and found the rooms clean, simple and decorated with drawings done by the girls. The rooftop area and garden provides a secure outdoor gathering place to socialize and play at the end of the day. Anisha, the project director, drops in and out the house every day. She is warm and affectionate, the girls seem to have a great bond with her.

When we arrived early evening, Anisha, Suman (the male project officer) and the resident housemother were present in the house. Some of the girls and the housemother were preparing dinner while others were watching television. We all sat together, drank tea and everyone introduced themselves in English.

The girls seemed to be very happy to use their language skills. Some of the more extraverted girls asked us if and when we will be coming back. There were a few girls who were shy and did not speak up and we were told that one of the girls had not spoken since arriving in the house a few months ago therefore they do not know her background.

We thoroughly enjoyed this relaxed, engaging exchange. It was a happy visit, and we felt sincerely welcomed by everyone in the house. We can’t wait to go back. Perhaps next time we will bring along some pictures of our lives and some books or games to interact a bit longer with the girls!

During the past six months:

  • 40 girls have been supported and 11 new girls joined the shelter
  • 6 girls were reintegrated with their families and 3 girls left the shelter (one with her baby) to live in anindependent living facility
  • 8 girls were rehabilitated for long term support 
  • 11 girls received formal education training
  • 5 girls benefited from different vocational training skills, e.g. caregiver, housekeeping 
  • All the girls living in the shelter benefited from regular medical check-ups and basic counselling
  • 6 girls were provided legal support to obtain their birth certificate or their citizenship and identity card 

New Day funds Shakti Samuha, Pokhara – Nepal

Shakti Samuha (‘Power Group’) was established in Nepal in 1996. by women survivors of trafficking and violence.

The project supported by New Day is an emergency shelter in Pokhara which provides a place of safety and recovery for girls who are victims of sexual abuse and exploitation or at imminent risk of such abuse.It was established in 2007.

Girls who are referred to the project are supported through a rehabilitation process followed by a social reintegration process (with their families wherever possible). Services provided include emergency shelter, counseling, health care, sexual and reproductive health, education, legal support, awareness and risk reduction (HIV/AIDS, substance abuse), social rehabilitation, family reintegration, vocational training, residential support and business/ employment support.

This service is vital in a country where bonded labour and the trafficking of girls is rampant. Every year around 50 girls benefited from this life saving facility, they have been rescued from a life of exploitation, pain and loneliness, but there is still much to do as their recovery process can sometimes be extremely long.

I visited this project with my wife in August 2011 while on holiday to Nepal. The visit was organized by CWS (Child Welfare Scheme), a partner of Shakti Samuha in Pokhara. CWS provides valuable project management skills and capacity-building through training and systems development.

We were impressed about the love and care that the staff gives to these girls, who have been deprived of this most of their lives. The girls really see the manager as a mother figure. She can relate very well to what the girls went through because of her own experiences. The shelter is a very safe place but with the doors always open thegirls do not feel trapped and are there by their own choice. The visit made a lasting impression on us and I’m thrilled that New Day decided to support this project, so that they can continue with their fantastic work.  You can view the presentation on Shakti Samuha from our January 10, 2012 member’s meeting here: New Day January 2012 Meeting Presentation(Shakti)

Danny den Hartog – New Day member

New uniforms for the girls at Kampong Cham

The girls at Kampong Cham Centre in their new uniforms.

During our New Day trip to Phnom Penh on November 25, we visited the Afesip offices to discuss ongoing developments at the Kampong Cham Centre.  The existing New Day/Norton Rose grant will stretch into 2012 to fund an on-site counselor at the Centre.  While we were there we were able to deliver 30 sets of school uniforms donated by the Glenealy ESF School PTA in Hong Kong.  A big thank you to New Day member Scarlett Mattoli for arranging this donation!

New Day Visit to Children’s Surgical Center – November 2011

New Day members with Eric Gonzales of CSC

On November 25, New Day members visited the Children’s Surgical Center in Phnom Penh to learn more about the amazing work they are doing and get an update on the grant that we disbursed earlier this year for their Obstetric Fistula program.  You can read about the visit in the below post from New Day member Shannon Rogers:

The first thing we noticed driving up to the CSC was all the work going on!  The CSC is in the process of adding on to their building in order to double their space.  When complete, there will be 100 beds and space for 8-10 surgeries at a time.  Based on the demands they are seeing – the space will be put to use!

The New Day Grant of $10,000 for Obstetric Fistula Surgeries has not been fully utilized yet.  In total, the CSC has done 15 OF Surgeries, and most of the women have had the problem for over 20 years.  The surgeries can be complex, and only about 50% are successful after one procedure.  Follow-up surgeries are often needed.

The UNFPA recently had a $20,000 grant that was allocated to an organization that addressed the Obstetric Fistula problem in Cambodia.  Thanks to the education/publicity campaign that was funded by New Day, the UNPFA was directed to CSC.  They are now known as the NGO that is addressing this problem, and are the recipients of the grant!!   A team from CSC is now spending a month traveling around the countryside of Cambodia to spread the word about the Obstetric Fistula and Acid Burn programs.  Due to the great shame on the part of the victim and the families, many victims are hidden away and can be difficult to find.  The scope of the problem is still unknown.  Unfortunately, based on a rough estimate of about 5% of women in Cambodia receiving medical attention during pregnancy and delivery, it is likely a large problem.   Dr. Jim stated that the Acid Burn Program also started out this way.  As soon as word gets out and people learn there is a place to go – the victims will start coming.

In addition to the Education/Publicity campaign, Dr. Jim is also hoping to utilize the UN relationship to get some specialty training for the surgeons in the area of Obstetric Fistulas.

New Day Visit to Daughters of Cambodia – November 2011

On November 24, New Day members Chris and Liza Green, Shannon Rogers, Georgie Kirkaldie and Amanda Clarke from Linklaters – our co-funders – visited Daughters in Phnom Penh.  Our visit gave us a chance to review our first grant (you can read the report here: New Day. Daughters Report 2011) as well as discuss the details of our second grant that was disbursed in November (you can read the grant proposal here: Daughters New Day proposal 2011).  Our grant covered all the expenses listed except for the silk screening business and the move to new premises as this is still pending.

A poster made by the Daughters clients on the wall of the Sewing Room

You can read about our visit in this post from New Day member Shannon Rogers:

Daughters had a very busy year working on the quality and efficiency of their Fair Trade Businesses. They are growing and have space for additional clients.

The Cafe:   We had an opportunity to have lunch in the Cafe over the shop.  There was a marked improvement in the service and food quality.  Business has been doing well.

The Spa:  This has also been much busier than expected.  Initially the jewelry business was moved over to the Shop space in order to train the women in both Spa services and Jewelry making – making better use of their time.  However, the Spa has been so busy that there has been little time for Jewelry making.

The Jewelry Business:  To address the demand, additional clients were moved over to the Shop workspace to focus on the Jewelry.  It was determined that the Jewelry line is the biggest seller in the store, so Daughters is working to capitalize on that.

The Daycare: There are over 20 young children in the daycare now, many of which are babies.  The clients working in the Sewing Room also rotate through the daycare, giving them a chance to spend time with the children and learn parenting skills.  Daughters has a relationship with several NGO schools for placement of all the school aged children of clients.

The Men’s Program:  Daughters started a program to work with husband’s of clients who are abusive.  The Social Workers have been going to the clients homes and working with the men on behavioral management techniques.  Behavioral improvements have been seen and the Social Workers would like to continue building on this program.

The Woodworking Program:  A new line of wood carvings has been designed and the clients in the Sons program are being trained in woodworking skills.  They are also responsible for all the coconut buttons and coconut pieces used in the clothing and jewelry lines.

The Sewing Room: Most of the New Day Grant in 2011 went to the Sewing Room.  Training courses were provided to 18 clients and 4 staff, covering pattern cutting, production management, and production techniques.  Socheata, the Sewing Room Manager, stated that the training have dramatically improved the efficiency in the sewing room and the quality of the products.  She also noted that the clients were taking much greater pride in their work – stating that they feel like they are actually part of  a real business, not just an NGO.   The trainings, new equipment purchased with help from New Day, and a new inventory system has really streamlined the business. They are selling through their online catalog and their shop.

Based on such positive feedback on the training programs both from a business perspective and a psychological perspective, we discussed the possibility of further trainings.  Ruth will investigate if there are more advance modules.  Also, the clients who participated in the trainings were literate.  So we discussed ways in which illiterate clients could participate in the future, whether GIPC has a program, or if a buddy system or a pre-training program could work, so that all clients could benefit from the program.

A big challenge discussed for the Sewing Room is the difficulty in sourcing fabric.  Based on the amount purchased, they tend to buy scraps and have a difficult time finding the same fabric again.  This can be a challenge for larger orders and/or managing catalog buyers expectations.

An overall challenge right now is the limitations and poor physical state of the existing workshop.  Ruth is actively looking for a new space in Phnom Penh.  They are hoping to move in the near future and this will increase their expenses.

Daughters is really utilizing volunteers to develop their designs, implement an inventory system, run the daycare, etc.  We met a group of committed volunteers, staff, and clients.

Kampong Cham Centre Counseling Services Program update – September 2011

Creating messages of hope for the tree planting ceremony

The Counseling and Psychological Services program for the girls at the AFESIP Kampong Cham Centre continues to make progress and provide invaluable psychological care and healing.  New Day funded Year 1 of this 3 year program in December 2010 and visited the centre in May 2011 along with our corporate co-funding partner, Norton Rose.  The program is run and staffed jointly by AFESIP and the Ragamuffin Project.  Recent outcomes are detailed below:

• Recruitment of an extremely qualified Cambodian head of psychology department;

• Weekly open studio groups and as needed individual counseling sessions provided from AFESIP psychologist and Ragamuffin therapists at Kampong Cham;

• 50 art therapy assessments conducted at Kampong Cham;

• 171 residents received psychosocial counseling sessions (over all the centers);

• Monthly psychology department planning and supervision meetings have begun;

• Modification of our partnership agreement with Ragamuffin;

• Development of a detailed work plan for the remainder of the year

• Good progress towards creating a comprehensive work plan for 2012;

• Coordination with several international experts on psychosocial care for trafficking and sexual exploitation survivors;

• Gathering resources and training on Cambodian-specific trauma assessment tools and treatment modalities;

• Participation in the 2nd annual Good Practices conference held in Phnom Penh;

• Preliminary negotiations with partners to provide yoga and meditation training for our staff and residents;

• Development and approval of a plan to reallocate funds from New Day Foundation for the meditation gardens to higher priority items at Kampong Cham shelter such as a playground and supplies/equipment for the counseling room.

You can read the full quarterly report from AFESIP here: August Report 2011

We wish all involved in this project the best of luck for the remainder of this year.

Kalki Girls Centre and Girls Programme update – September 2011

Girls at the Kalki Girls Centre

New Day is funding the 2011/2012 budget for the Kalki Girls Centre and Girls Programme in Pondicherry, India.  The program continues to progress from strength to strength. The number of girls Kalki is able to help (through activities, medical care, access to social workers, education etc) only continues to increase.  This is especially true during the rainy season and the summer holidays.

Girls Centre: Currently 18 girls live at the shelter (with 16 having received temporary shelter during the summer months) and a further 175 are being helped through outreach work in the streets and slums where they live with their families.

Girls Programme: Medical camps in partnership with two local hospitals were run over the summer, reaching over 80 girls.  An ad hoc medical camp for young mothers and their babies helped 44 women and their children to receive a free check-up and follow-on medication.  The Kalki tuition programme has recently started for the academic year with 97 girls from grade 6 to grade 12 enrolled.  Career Orientation workshops conducted during the year have resulted in the placement of 31 girls in local businesses since June: supermarkets, boutiques, shops and various offices.

We are delighted that Kalki is developing in such a steady and exciting way.  They have the staff and the programmes in place to continue to run successfully into the future and New Day is pleased to support their Girls Centre and Girls Programme.

See the comprehensive update from Kalki themselves of all their activities at the following link: Girls Program – 3 Months Report to AugustAC

CSC Fistula Project – September 2011 Update

New Day has received the following update from the Children’s Surgical Center in Phnom Penh Cambodia: CSC-Newday-VVF report Sept ’11

Since our US$10,000 grant in February 2011 US$3,200 has been spent on the following:

1. radio advertising to encourage fistula sufferers to come forward and seek help

2. 5 successful fistula consultations and surgeries

3. 10 consultations with sufferers who are in the process of scheduling their surgeries.

CSC is concentrating on the training of one of their surgeons (and their only female surgeon) in performing successful fistula surgeries.  A visiting specialist in this area will be providing her with additional training and support so that she can continue to help women who are being assisted through the project to heal and move forward with their lives.