Program overview

Objective: Help sexually abused young girls find their place in society


After an average stay of 3 years at the center, CAMELEON supports around 50 young girls aged between 10 to 24 years old in the process of reintegration into their families and/or the world of work.

The girls live either with their families, with a foster family, in a CAMELEON dorm in Iloilo, or in independent student housing. The girls continue to benefit from their therapy and the medical and legal support from CAMELEON. Furthermore, the girls receive educational support and an allowance to cover daily expenses, transportation and schooling. Parents cover 10% of costs per child. The sponsorship program covers education and schooling costs.

In addition to their schooling, the beneficiaries follow specialized courses and professional training, such as cooking, Information and Technology, cosmetics, and sewing. They also have the opportunity to benefit from professional internships in hospitals, hotels or restaurants. Sports and recreational activities are also offered, including circus, swimming, kick-boxing, skimboarding, and excursions to the beach.

Social assistants ensure that their families fulfill their parental duties and responsibilities. Controls and visits to their homes and training locations are regularly undertaken.

Cost for one beneficiary in this program : 2 050 $

Path towards integration and independence


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Profile

10 to 24 years old girls victims of sexual abuses, having spent 3 to 4 years with the rehabilitation program

Average duration

1 to 9 years

Location

Region VI of Philippines (Western Visayas)

  • START: 4 options

    • Return to their families (if no longer dangerous)
    • Placement in a foster family
    • CAMELEON’s dormitory
    • Boarding house
  • EDUCATION

    Schooling in secondary, high school, University or in specialized schools

  • HEALTH

    Health-monitoring by CAMELEON’s medical team

  • PSYCHOLOGY FOLLOW UP

    Psychological and psychiatric support

  • THERAPEUTICAL ACTIVITIES

    Sports and circus

  • LEGAL FOLLOW UP

    The Legal counsel, social services and CAMELEON’s social workers continue to help the beneficiaries during the legal process. (between 5 to 12 years)

  • EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

    Skills training (cooking, sewing, hairstyling, embroidery, handcraft. Visits.

  • AUTONOMY DEVELOPMENT

    Counselors help the young girls to choose their professional orientation, or apply to University. Help finding work (writing a CV, seeking an internship, etc.)

  • FAMILY SUPPORT

    Professional training for families and help to find jobs and create income-generating projects

  • EMERGENCY

    Help in case of emergency: Repairing or rebuilding housing following a natural disaster, hospitalization, deaths, fire…

Key facts 2014



50 beneficiary girls
25 girls in university or professional training
18 girls attending the Chameleon training center in Iloilo
15 girls attended sex education classes
1 girl graduated from midwife school
1 girl won a national writing challenge

Plan CAMELEON Iloilo

Testimony


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Julie Rose has a very strong character. She expresses herself clearly whilst looking you in the eye, which isn’t the case for many of CAMELEON’s girls. She talks about her past without embarrassment, proof that she has now accepted it.

Her story is nonetheless sad and painful: Julie Rose was sexually abused by her brother. She also belongs to the indigenous people, the “Aeta”, and as a result often felt belittled and discriminated. Neither she nor her family considered her rape to be a crime. As a result, she never reported it to the police.

Julie Rose worked as a maid in several households in order to finance her education until, one day, she couldn’t stand her family situation any longer, and she ran away… She arrived at the CAMELEON center in 2007 and stayed there for two years.
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“Before Cameleon, I had long-since abandoned my dreams because I knew they would never come true. I felt empty… and I didn’t have enough money to go to school. So in the 3rd year of high school, I thought about getting married, like the other girls, so that I would have financial support. But seeing my friends toiling in the fields, in the sun and rain, I decided to do otherwise.” Julie Rose, 19 years old, 2nd year of University, major in Education