About us

Gruppo di Volontariato Civile

(GVC) has long experience (since 1971) in international development aid projects and adopts complex action strategies: from humanitarian aid to populations affected by conflicts and natural disasters to reconstruction, hygiene, and food security; from rural development to education, to the protection of rights for the most vulnerable people. In SEA, GVC is present since the beginning of the 90’s (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Thailand) to fight poverty in rural areas and ensure the respect of human rights.

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Cambodia Women Crisis Center (CWCC)

(CWCC) is a Cambodian leading organization advocating human rights of women and children, gender justice and the elimination of all forms of violence against women and children. CWCC has been active in counter trafficking and safe migration projects focused on prevention, protection and reintegration of victims of trafficking and exploitation.

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Legal Support for Children and Women (LSCW)

(LSCW) is a Cambodian non-governmental organisation initially set up in 2002 to build the capacity of lawyers and organizational staff in legal aid provision. Over the years, LSCW has been working in the counter trafficking field, becoming one of the foremost providers of free legal advice to women and children victims of crime and victims of human trafficking in Cambodia.

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Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation (LPN)

(LPN) is a Thai NGO founded in 2004 to increase migrant workers’ access to their fundamental rights in Thailand and facilitate their integration into Thai society. Its activities range from providing information and legal assistance to workers on labour rights issues to offering emergency response and protection to victims of rights violations. LPN also runs education services for migrant communities in Thailand.

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Methodology

In all our activities we adopt a rights- and community-based approach, working closely with Cambodian and Thai communities, local authorities, civil society organizations and international bodies. We believe in identifying needs of the vulnerable populations and finding effective solutions together.

All our interventions are structured, research-based and designed with our local partners and the beneficiaries to address their needs, promoting endogenous development, ownership and sustainability.

We promote the empowerment of people and communities with a gender perspective, where an active participation in the decision making processes of the most vulnerable people – such as migrant women, children and the left behind – and the accountability of the Authorities, as duty bearers of the right to protection and its fulfilment, are continuously searched.

To raise awareness on human, social and labour rights of migrants as individuals, actors of Civil Society and institutions, is a pivotal behavioural changing instrument that GVC and partners strengthen. We promote multi-stakeholder dialogue and advocacy initiatives as catalysts, contributing towards a social, cultural and institutional environment enabling a legal framework more respondent and protective to the needs of migrants.

Our methodology includes:

Research, monitoring and evaluation to drive activities, feed advocacy and increase knowledge

Peer to peer information and knowledge sharing through our Peer Educators, Social Ambassadors, Self-Help Groups and community based saving groups

Capacity buildings for Self-Help Groups members, CSOs and institutions to strengthen their knowledge on safe migration, to increase understanding of human trafficking and to reinforce the referral systems

Awareness and behavioural changing campaigns on human trafficking and modern slavery using art, modern IT technologies and social media as tools reaching young and less educated people

Networking to promote horizontal connection between different actors (migrants and their families, CSOs, institutions, experts, public opinion, policy makers) and foster exchange between different levels (from the ground up to the provincial national and ASEAN networking groups)

Pillars of our intervention explained:

RESEARCH

All our interventions are based on thorough research and baseline assessments. We cooperate with independent researchers to ensure impartiality of findings. To ensure our projects achieve results, we monitor our activities throughout project implementation and conduct end-line assessments. Our research and studies are online – visit ‘Articles and Research’ section of this website to find out more.

CAPACITY BUILDING

Capacity building trainings are continuous learning sessions to facilitate knowledge sharing and expand villagers’ ability to get information once the project comes to an end. All members of the SHGs are invited to join our capacity building sessions and express their ideas and their concerns.
During MIGRA-SAFE project, we also ran trainings on the management of remittances and microfinances, promoting local development and making migration a choice instead of a necessity. Read more on research on remittances management in Cambodia.

COMMUNICATION & BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE CAMPAIGNS

Our communication campaigns focus on how to migrate safely from Cambodia to Thailand and other countries that have labour migration agreements with Cambodia. In Cambodia and Thailand we focus on empowering persons vulnerable to human trafficking and unsafe migration. We tell stories of former migrants and reach out to those who are about to migrate: we inform them on what documents they need, what their rights as migrant workers are, what they should prepare before their journey and where to call for help, if needed. We also reach out to their families back in Cambodia and support them, shall they report a missing migrant person.

We use different communication tools to achieve our goals: during MIGRA-SAFE project (2013-2016) we teamed up with Phare Ponleu Selpak and ran theatre shows on migration in 45 communities reaching altogether over 22,000 people. Read our research to find out more.

During MIGRA-ACTION, in cooperation with Media One we recruited and trained youth to become Peer Educators, spread social media messages, run village fairs and radio campaigns reaching altogether over one million people in Cambodia.

We also raised awareness on the issues of human trafficking and modern day slavery among the general public through social media campaigns, publishing press articles and advocating with European policymakers.

ADVOCACY ACTIVITIES

We run numerous advocacy activities towards efficient implementation of policy frameworks approved by the Royal Government of Cambodia and join major committee meetings at provincial, National and ASEAN level. Read more about our advocacy approach in this dedicated section.

SELF-HELP GROUPS and COMMUNITY REFERRAL SYSTEM

Self-Help Groups (SHGs) are community-based meetings with former migrants, families of migrants, potential migrants, law enforcement agents, local authorities and representatives of other civil society organizations. SHGs are organized in selected communities of the target areas to create a platform for dialogue and information sharing among villagers. The aim of these monthly meetings is to strengthen prevention and protection against migrant exploitation at community level. Self-Help Groups help the creation of the sense of community, collective understanding on safe migration and related issues and increase capacity of identification and reporting of the trafficking cases, strengthening the community’s referral system.

SOCIAL AMBASSADORS

Vital members of the Self-Help Groups, Social Ambassadors are villagers who experienced unsafe migration in different ways. Former migrants and family members left behind, they are volunteers who share their migration stories during SHG meetings. Through their testimony they inform migrants on risks of irregular migration, suggest tips on safe migration and encourage fellow villagers to report cases of exploitation.
Get to know these brave women and men: Ang, Chan, Morb, Thom, Sarom– read their stories

PEER EDUCATORS

Are youths selected during MIGRA-ACTION communication campaign and trained in basic photography, videography, and storytelling skills. Coming from 5 different provinces, these girls and boys have collected footage in their own communities on the topic of migration, using smartphones, and spread information on safe migration among their peers. Their footage is published on a dedicated Facebook page to reach larger communities than migrants, their families, CSOs, institutions and policy makers, targeted by specific activities of our projects.

Watch a video – interview with the EU Ambassador to Cambodia created by the Peer Educators.

 

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