|Organization Name:||Ratanak International|
|Project Title:||Men’s Achievement Program Pilot Project (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)|
|Purpose of Investment:||To develop a pilot project that assists Cambodian men to reintegrate into their communities after a period of labour trafficking.|
Motivated by the love of Christ, Ratanak International has been breaking the cycles of poverty, exploitation and abuse in Cambodia for 29 years. Our mission is to work collaboratively to be a catalyst for transformation in Cambodia through a focus on empowering exploited people and addressing the systems that exploit them. Emphasis is placed on project development for challenging, neglected and vulnerable communities.
It is estimated that 500,000 Cambodians leave the country each year in search of employment to provide for their families. One third of these are estimated to have been trafficked and sold into slavery. Ratanak is committed to walking with survivors of human trafficking on their journey from exploitation to freedom.
After 29 years of successful work in Cambodia with children and young women, Ratanak has taken on the difficult and daunting challenge of serving male survivors of Human Trafficking, a world very few Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) choose to enter.
Building on the success and expertise of the Ratanak Achievement Program serving female survivors of human trafficking, Ratanak launched the Men’s Achievement Program in 2018. Young men often return to Cambodia broken and ashamed after traumatic experiences they endured while out of country. They often face numerous emotional, physical and social challenges upon their return. Six of Ratanak’s thirty-three team members will provide counselling, life and job skills training, and case management care exclusively to male clients helping them achieve resiliency and well-being. A full package of compassionate support is created for each client with the goal to achieve a safe and healthy re-integration back into their community.
The Men’s Achievement Program Pilot Project is a result of two key ingredients; 1) God’s prompting to Ratanak’s leaders to pay attention to the needs of a neglected group of trafficking survivors, 2) research conducted into the need, including direct conversations with many NGOs.
Of equal significance, the project will provide a proven model to apply to future work and to share with NGOs. Also, within the scope of the project, Ratanak is conducting a research project into human trafficking vulnerability among Cambodian males to be published and shared with the NGO community at the end of 2019.
The Men’s Achievement Program is a two-year Pilot Project. Ratanak International is asking Stronger Philanthropy to consider a grant in the amount of $55,000 to fund client assessment, vocational training, re-integration and follow-up in year two of the project.
30 male survivors and their families will directly benefit from the project receiving therapy to deal with their trauma and learn job skills. The ability to manage their emotions, recover their self-esteem and gain employment to provide for their families will have a lasting impact. Communities will also benefit from our trafficking vulnerability research and new programs we hope will follow.
- 30 male survivors of human trafficking are returned safely to Cambodia and undergo initial assessments by team or partner NGOs by December 31, 2020. Assessments to include physical health assessment, emotional/mental health assessments, job skills assessment and legal needs assessment in order to provide Case Manager baseline data for treatment plan.
- Within two years of intake 80% of clients who have received life skills and job skills training have attained viable employment to provide a sustainable living for their families in a rural Cambodian setting.
- Within two years of intake 70% of clients are managing successfully in all dimensions of their lives including growing independence and social confidence, managing their emotions, employed and safely integrated back into their communities and no longer in need of assistance resulting in closure of their files. A mandate of the Pilot Project is to implement a Results Framework to measure this outcome.
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