Cameleon American Friends

Together, let's build a future for abused and underprivileged children.

Caméléon France (FR) A Project of C | KBFUS Funds

CAMELEON is an international solidarity association with the goal of helping abused and disadvantaged children.

CAMELEON is an international solidarity association with the goal of helping abused and disadvantaged children.

OUR VISION

CAMELEON defends the idea of a society where children grow up with dignity and respect for their rights, and where adults are independent, responsible, and caring towards them.

OUR MISSION

Founded in 1997 by Laurence LIGIER, CAMELEON is an association of international solidarity, with a mission of apolitical, non-denominational charity and assistance. The association works in the Philippines, in France and in Europe with the support of its partners, its country offices and its sponsors.

OUR PROGRAMS

Rehabilitation :

Personal Reconstruction (In-House): 50 young girls, between 5-17 years old, who have been victims of sexual violence are taken under our care and housed in two shelters we manage with the goal of helping them rebuild their self-confidence and build their future. They attend school and participate in sports as well as recreational activities. They are surrounded by a team of specialists available for all of their medical, psychological and legal needs.

Reintegration and Independence (After-Care): After an average stay of 4 years at the shelter, 50 girls, ages 9-20, are accompanied up until their reintegration into their families and their entry into the professional world. They benefit from psychological, medical, and legal follow-ups and an allowance for their everyday life, costs of transportation, and tuition.

Education and Development (CD): 310 young girls and boys, from 12 to 24 years old coming from poor families from villages surrounding the CAMELEON shelters, have the possibility, thanks to their sponsors, to go to school and profit from university or professional training.

Professional Training and Income-generating Projects: CAMELEON also supports the families of our program participants in providing parents with professional trainings (massage, technology, sewing …) as well as income-generating projects. These projects take the form of micro-businesses at the scale of a family or of a group. CAMELEON supports both the technical and financial aspect in order to ensure the functionality and durability of these projects. Thanks to this program, a bakery and a local farm both came to be.

Advocacy and Prevention: Informational and awareness campaigns on children's rights are usually organized and directed to the population and the media. CAMELEON relies on a group of beneficiaries, Voice of CAMELEON's Children (VCC) to run its campaigns. CAMELEON also lobbies in local, national, and international institutions in favor of children's rights.

Health: A quality, medical follow-up is provided regularly to the young female victims of sexual violence.Education on disease prevention and hygiene awareness are offered to all the children in our care and their families. The youth of the villages, CAMELEON's Youth Health Ambassadors, are trained every year to promote sexual health and safe sex with other young adults, in order to prevent STDs and/or early pregnancies.

Sport and Circus: The association offers the child participants to partake in a variety of trainings such as Taekwondo, climbing, swimming, dancing, or even group sports (volleyball, basketball, badminton). The circus is also very present at CAMELEON. It is used as a therapeutic tool for the young female victims of sexual assault and as a vector to promote children's rights with the presentation of shows in public spaces. It is a tool of professional integration for some young girls.

Over the past 20 years:

  • 7,000 children and families have been supported
  • 250 young girls victim of sexual violence and incest have been reintegrated
  • 960 impoverished children have been given an education, 310 of which went on to receive a diploma from higher education
  • 1,200 sponsors have supported our cause
  • 700,000 people have been made aware of Children's Rights

CONSTRUCTION OF 3rd SHELTER

Currently, we are raising funds in order to strengthen our impact and expand our efforts by opening a third CAMELEON shelter for our Rehabilitation program. This center will be built on the neighboring island of Negros, where 30% of our girls come from. Using our expertise of over 20 years, we wish to expand our program and, therefore, provide more effective support to victims from the Region.

This third shelter will be established much like the two shelters in Passi and will benefit a total of 38 girls in just the first 3 years. 20 girls from ages 5-17 will be taken into the in-house rehabilitation program and 18 girls aged 14-23 will participate in the after-care program

Advocacy and prevention are also central to CAMELEON's mission, and the association will work to educate the public in Negros on children's rights as well as mobilize the public and private sectors in order to reduce the number of incidences of sexual violence at both local and regional levels.

With your support and that of our benevolent donors and sponsors, we aim to have this center fully functional and available by the end of 2018!

In order to one day live in the society we envision, it requires a universal call to ensure the future of children as well as their safety all around the world. We strive to build a network of support without borders. Over the past 20 years, we have not only been able to provide more services for the children and the families in the Philippines but also expand our efforts and enlarge our association throughout Europe. But it shouldn't stop there! Join us on the road to creating a safer world for ALL children!

www.cameleon-association.org

Alternative ways to give:

For gifts by check: Write your check to KBFUS, write "Cameleon American Friends" in the memo section of the check, and send it to KBFUS, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020.

Gifts by wire transfer or to contribute other types of property: Email KBFUS at: info@kbfus.org or phone (212) 713 7660.