CAMELEON and its story
CAMELEON is an international solidarity association born in 1997. It develops a holistic approach to act on the causes and effects of sexual violence towards children and teenagers.
CAMELEON aspires to a world without sexual violence.
In a world where sexual violence is insidious, common, considered taboo and rarely punished, encouraged by a culture of silence due to ignorance, fear, shame or denial, it is necessary to act.
« I chose the name « CAMELEON » because it represents our mission: like chameleon changes color to adapt to its environment, we help children transform themselves physically and morally, away from their disadvantaged past and toward a better future ».
– Laurence Ligier, Director Founder of CAMELEON
colors, changing lives »
From a hostile environment to a warm and safe life, children change over the years. Like our
- We are building safe structures dedicated to victims, helping them overcome their trauma and making it into a force for their rehabilitation. We offer a necessary cocoon to prepare their metamorphosis.
- We aim to change minds and
behaviorsand are working to change societies and mentalities in order to protect Childhood.
- Children are at the heart of our action: changes are made by them, for them and around them.
CAMELEON develops a holistic approach to act on the causes and effects of sexual violence towards children and teenagers.
- PROTECTING AND SUPPORTING victims of sexual violence in the Philippines by accompanying them with their families on the path to resilience.
- ENCOURAGING our beneficiaries’ autonomy and the socio-economic development of families in their communities.
- TRAINING AND ACCOMPANYING beneficiaries and encourage them to get involved as spokespersons and active supports of CAMELEON.
- RAISING AWARENESS among the general public, especially young people in the Philippines and in Europe, in order to promote Children’s Rights and freed the voices from sexual violence.
- ADVOCATING for Children’s Rights and against sexual violence to local, national and international institutions and the media.
- We recognize sexual violence as one of the greatest violation of dignity as it impacts the integrity of the human being, at the very core of his intimacy.
- We are offering victims the necessary conditions to gain back their dignity, so they can respect themselves again and respect others.
- We are fighting for the dignity of everyone: we respect any individual no matter his age, sex, culture, religion or condition. We are constantly adapting our actions to the local context.
- The need for courage, strength, willingness and time for children on the path of rehabilitation, never give up the fight against their perpetrators until they are recognized as victims and fully exercising their rights.
- The courage for all persons involved in this sensitive project, facing the emotional and physical pain of children who have lived the unspeakable.
- The courage and determination of the foundress, Laurence Ligier, for having launched a fight against sexual violence in the Philippines, where it is considered as taboo, and risking our
lifeto defend the mistreated and underprivileged children.
- We are committed to
implementeverything possible to protect, care for, rehabilitate, educate and warn. We are accompanying children, their families and their communities on the path of resilience and independence. Our employees and volunteers are fully committed to our beneficiaries and our cause.
- Sponsors are
financially, morally and humanly long termcommitted.
- The commitment of our beneficiaries who become actors in the fight for Children’s Rights or the teaching of good health practices, in the aim of reducing domestic and sexual violence.
- Our intention is to help children and families to become autonomous and sustainable. It is also to listen, act and encourage citizens to rally against sexual violence.
- We are implementing our projects and supporting our beneficiaries thanks to a multi-disciplinary, professional, specialized and upstanding team.
- We guarantee transparency and proper use of our funds: we are developing and assessing our projects with the help of precise and measurable indicators.
2019 Key Figures
Beneficiaries (children and families)
The principal achievements since 1997
Birth of CAMELEON Association
Laurence Ligier was 25 years old, in 1997, when she founded the CAMELEON Association in the Philippines with
Discover the story of CAMELEON in details
At 20, with the desire to be useful and give meaning to her life, Laurence Ligier took off to the Philippines to join a humanitarian mission organized by the Comité Enfance Philippines (Children’s Committee Philippines). In parallel with her law studies, she took part in a string of missions over the years, from building
Upon completion of this program, her Filipino colleagues asked her to raise funds to help young girls living in the streets. Now closely acquainted with their needs, but with limited means, Laurence returned to France to continue her studies. After graduating in sociology and law, she won a place at the 3A School for responsible development, where she spent all her internships working in the Philippines and graduated with a Certificat d’Etudes Supérieures Internationales (certificate of higher international studies) in development management.
Determined, she returned to the Philippines shortly thereafter to raise with
Laurence Ligier spent seven years developing the CAMELEON
In 2004, Laurence returned to France. She opened the Paris office of CAMELEON, and, as its director, continues to fight with determination for the growth of the association. She goes back to the Philippines two to three times a year for a couple of months each