The opening of a 3rd Foster House in Negros
Objective: A new foster house to protect young girls who are victims of sexual violence on the island of Negros in order to help them rebuild their lives and find their place in society.
Building on its experience and successes on the island of Panay, CAMELEON now wants to extend its support to more children in distress and reduce cases of child abuse at the regional level. This is why the association is planning the opening of a 3rd CAMELEON Reception Center to protect child victims of sexual violence on the island of Negros.
Total budget of the project: 1,000,000 €
Why the island of Negros?
The island of Negros is one of the poorest areas of the Philippines, where sexual violence is widespread and little prosecuted or resolved in court. There is an increasing number of violence against women and children.
A real need
No institution or association offers a as complete care as what CAMELEON does. In view of this, the project of implantation on the island of Negros has matured. In 2014, a feasibility study was conducted to assess needs and opportunities. The findings of this study attest to the real need and support of local associations and authorities, particularly thanks to the good reputation of CAMELEON, already known in the West Visayas region.
Bring children closer to their families
The opening of a new Foster House will bring beneficiaries closer to their families. In fact, 30% of the girls from the two Panay Island Foster House come from the island of Negros. The distance complicates the work of social workers at different levels: monitoring of families, reintegration of girls in their community, monitoring in post-rehabilitation and finally support in the judicial process.
Support more victims
By creating this new Foster House in Negros, CAMELEON intends to support a growing number of young girls abused by relying on its various programs and the know-how of its staff. With its 20 years of experience, the association will duplicate its Rehabilitation programs as well as its advocacy and awareness actions on Children’s rights already in place in Panay.
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In the Philippines, 70% of the victims of rape are children which a majority of whom young girls. Region 18, where the project is located, has the highest rate of cases of sexual violence on children. Most of them, however, are never reported for fear of family dishonor.
CAMELEON started the construction of the new Foster Home on the island of Negros in March 2018. The city of Silay offered us a plot of 8000m²: the city is near the provincial capital Bacolod and is near schools. The Reception House will include several infrastructures:
Welcome House : dormitories and sanitaries for children, room for staff and the Founder, living room, dining room and kitchen, study room with a library, therapy room and game room, social workers and surrogate mothers’s office, art workshop and storage.
The Director and admin / financial staff offices, meeting room, media room, clinic for the medical care of the children and dormitory for the volunteers who will come to lend a hand to the team.
Dance hall / theater (“Mariposa Hall”), playground, the guard station for guards who will ensure the safety of children in the Foster Home, room for the drivers/, laundry, garage for cars, water tank, road access.
Each year, the House will welcome and host 20 girls aged 5 to 17, all victims of sexual violence.
Protected and accompanied, they will stay 3 to 4 years on average time to rebuild and regain confidence in them.
Located near the schools, the Foster House will allow children to recover the carelessness of childhood, to realize their dreams, to go to school, to participate in sports and recreational activities and to build their future.
A specialized team will provide them with medical and psychological care. They will also receive legal aid if they decide to sue their abusers.
The opening of a Welcome House on the island of Negros is actively supported by several institutions and foundations, as well as by the Philippine authorities: