Annual report 2011
Aileen Rodriguez has been undergoing home-based therapy since July 2009 up to the present under CBR programme in Eastern Samar, the Philippines. The village health worker, trained by Terre des Hommes Netherlands for rehabilitation skills, undergoes and supervises the therapy. Aileen and her parents were taught of the exercises she had to do every day. Slowly, her balance improved and from clutching onto the post for support so that she can be able to stand, she can now stand with the aid of a stick.
The main target Terre des Hommes Netherlands working in Cambodia is vulnerable children; children with disabilities, exploited, street and poor children, malnourished, infected with diseases, and youth. There are 45% children aged 5-14 years were found to be involved in child labour in Cambodia. Due to limited resources, knowledge and skills in rural communities, vulnerable children are hindered to have full access to basic rights.
Children with disabilities face multitude of discriminations and negative perceptions from their communities, which disable them further. Child trafficking and sexual exploitation of children to become commercial sex workers are growing concerns in Cambodia. Vulnerable children are easy targets for human trafficking syndicates because these children are powerless and unaware of their legal rights. Poor and uneducated women are commonly victims of domestic violence, which create a dangerous environment to the children living in the same house, as they become neglected and prone to negative influences, such as alcohol and substance abuse.