Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve
The main goal is to ensure child survivors achieve full recovery in their physical and psychological health. HCC goal is always centered on the health and recovery of clients.
Other goals are;
• To create an organic sustainable garden – for nutritional health and education. The crops will also save the shelter money and the cash crop enables income.
• Meditation for recovery – The garden will also serve the meditation and relaxation program enabling the clients to achieve a sense of calm so that they are able to recover.
Holistically combining meditation with practical skills the client will achieve a faster reintegration onto society.
A wider health goal is improved community health and nutrition. A long term goal is to implement the program in other NGO's and abroad.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
HCC's current protection of the basic health, upholds the rights of the most marginalized members of the Cambodian Community, children and young women who are survivors of human trafficking, labor exploitation and sexual abuse or have experienced other forms of degrading abuse, alongside a more generalized community health and human rights awareness education program. The care granted at the shelter is above the standards set in 2009 by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) in the Policy and Minimum Standards for the Protection of the Right of Victims of Human Trafficking. Currently there are 51 survivors at the shelter benefiting from the additional nutrition from the garden. The meditation element now needs to be introduced.
What is your projected impact over the next five years?
HCC plans to have survivors recovered and reintegrated at a faster pace than previously. This will transform the shelter to a short term service. Much of modern research show children after suffering trauma are better placed for personal development in the community. HCC intends that their health will be improved, they will have a vocational skill in agriculture and a life skill in nutritional education. The impact this will have on the community will be significant. Meditation can be adopted by staff too who will become trainers and the wider community can learn techniques. HCC would like the program to be adopted by other NGO’s. The majority of the center should in 5 years time be able to run from the profits coming directly from the Garden and livestock kept.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
The Giving Gardens program has successfully began as the garden has been built with the use of volunteers and some initial funding ($2,000) through Stop.Traffick. However initial finance to enable the meditation element of the program to be implemented needs to be sourced. HCC don’t expect this to be a costly endeavor and will draw on contacts assisting in volunteering their skills rather than large cash influxes to get this section of the program going. HCC will need to formulate the meditation program with help from a relaxation and meditation specialist. HCC plan to apply for funding in order to get the meditation running. However, this should also cost no more than $2,000. Firstly HCC will look to trained volunteers for this.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
• Meditation training manual completed and areas grown • Successful crop harvests and upkeep by beneficiaries.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Beneficiaries adopted meditation and vocational skills. Nutrition improved. Monitoring and evaluation of their progress is begun