CTIP works with three local prevention partners with expertise and experience in community development: Sovann Phoum, Cambodian Center for the Protection of Children’s Rights (CCPCR) and the Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC).
Sovann Phoum has a longstanding track record of implementing livelihood development programs that serve to increase the knowledge and opportunities of at risk individuals to generate additional income from innovative livelihood alternatives. Sovann Phoum will carry out prevention activities in collaboration with CTIP in 15 communes within Phnom Penh and Kampong Cham provinces. Within these target areas, Sovann Phoum will form 16 savings groups comprised of 560 vulnerable individuals to encourage financial responsibility and safe loans, and will also form animal and crop banks attached to these savings groups so that members can take loans of rice, cows, chickens and vegetables in order to start small businesses. Trainings will be provided to these groups on topics including animal raising, rice and vegetable growing, small business and financial management, saving and credit management and use of the savings and crop/animal banks. These trainings will aim to ensure the savings-group members are able to gain the highest benefit from the savings and crop/animal loan groups to establish stable livelihoods. As well as the savings groups, Sovann Phoum will select a total of 32 model farmers from 32 villages to raise chickens as income generation. The organisation will support and train the farmers in building cages, hatching incubators and assisting in vaccinating the chickens. These farmers will go on to provide training and coaching to a total of 960 other interested local farmers on how to raise chickens. For all of these income generating activities, Sovann Phoum will identify available markets where the farmers can get the best prices for their products, and will link them with potential buyers.
CEDAC works in building the capacity, knowledge and access to resources of farmers and farmer organizations for sustainable rural development, and supports the development of participatory local government. CEDAC will work in Siem Reap, Kampong Cham and Prey Veng provinces, providing capacity building and follow up support for 100 farmers to become professional farm business advisors. Each farm business provider will go on to support up to 10 vulnerable households each, focusing on providing training and advice to other farmers on improved farming production techniques and systems, assisting them in obtaining organic certification, developing business plans, keeping farm records and accounts and engaging in cooperative marketing and rice value chains. CEDAC will also support the development of 20 organic rice producer groups of 200 members, 10 vegetable groups of 70 members, and will link these producer groups to two rice mill cooperatives comprises 200 members each. Group leaders will form 10 learning groups that will deliver training on their farming techniques to 270 other vulnerable farmers. Similarly to Sovann Phoum, CEDAC will support 100 saving groups with 2,000 members to become self-sustained, and will provide support developing long-term business plans and will introduce computer based accounting and financial systems.
CCPCR has significant experience in delivering community education programs for prevention of trafficking and abuse, and works closely with local authorities, police and teachers to implement their programs. CCPCR will work in Koh Kong and Svay Rieng provinces, conducting 8 training workshops in 14 communes with a total of 240 key community participants to discuss recruitment practices used by human traffickers, the trafficking-in-persons law, safe migration, job opportunities and the roles and responsibilities of commune councils. Awareness raising will also be conducted with vulnerable people twice in each commune, particularly targeting potential migrants, educating participants on prevention of trafficking, child rights and how to migrate safely. As well as these educational initiatives, CCPCR will form 22 savings groups of 660 households, establish a rice and cow bank in Svay Rieng and will provide training to 120 at-risk households on developing livelihoods through animal raising, financial literacy, marketing and business planning. In addition, 60 small grants will be provided to enable vulnerable families to start small businesses, providing regular technical support and follow up to grantees. Four agriculture cooperatives will also be established to help villagers to work together to generate income in a more effective way.
As well as these activities, all three partners will work with target commune councils to discuss how to improve the livelihoods of people vulnerable to trafficking, how to integrate trafficking prevention into commune development plans and how to mobilise funds to that end. The organizations will also assist in selecting at-risk individuals who are willing to attend skills training conducted by other service providers in areas such as hairdressing, sewing, hospitality and moto repair.