One of our most valuable assets is our solid partnerships with local organisations. Over the years, CAF managed to build trustworthy and balanced relationships with its partners, in complete transparency, tapping on each other’s experiences and competences in a common work methodology.
Following 2 field visits to Cambodia, CAF has also started in 2015 to work with two local partners in this country.
We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with all our local partners in order to ensure that their vision, mission and approach match ours.
CAF collaborates with two local partners both based in Tamil Nadu, whose outstanding work in the field has been directly witnessed by our beneficiaries.
They are fully involved in various local impoverished communities in areas such as human rights, health, education, the establishment of Self-Help Groups (SHGs), rural development projects, etc.
THE IRDRP TRUST – SOUTH CHENNAI
For the past 25 years, the IRDRP (Institute for Research and Development for the Rural Poor Trust) has been dedicated to empower the people in the villages and stone quarries around Chennai through socio-economic and educational development projects. It helps vulnerable communities especially women and children to have access to basic facilities and health services, education, income generating activities and legal support.
THE SEE TRUST /THE CHILDREN EMPOWERMENT TRUST (CET)– CUDDALORE
The SEE Trust (Socio-economic Education and Empowerment Trust) is located in the district of Cuddalore, 40km south of Pondichéry. It ws created in 2008 by a group of committed and experienced sisters and social workers. They run different types of social work to help marginalised and poor children and women in the district. They run a small home for children, where these children receive not only care and education, but, most importantly, they life in a family environment. Most of these children are sponsored through CAF. The SEE Trust also works with women, specially widows, destitute women, HIV/AIDS affected women, Dalit women, and created a self-help group of women called the Udayham Women Federation. Several of the women in this Federation have received CAF’s support through sponsoring for micro-business under the Family Micro-Business programme. SEE Trust is also involved in other local actions, such as creating “children’s parliaments” to teach children about their rights and create a sense of solidarity and responsibilty among them and with the society, or running evening tuition centers for children in impoverished families that have difficulties in following their studies.
CAF works with SEE-Trust under the Family Micro-Business programme, and with CET under the Child Sponsoring programme.
SMILE TRUST is currently a potential partner and we are looking to build a relationship with them over time. This organisation was created in 2013 in the seaside town of Cuddalore. This NGO is dedicated to the protection and development of disadvantaged children and women towards a better future through different types of work: running a children’s home to provide care and support to orphan and foresaken children, developping community-based activities such as coaching centres to help disadvantaged children in their studies, or provide otherwise guidance and support to disadvantaged women and children.
Following 2 field visits to Cambodia, CAF has started in 2015 to work with two local partners in this country.
CABDICO is a well-established Cambodian NGO whose mission is to support people with disabilities and vulnerable people by responding to their basic needs in their community. CABDICO works mainly in rural areas in the provinces of Siem Reap and Kep, where access to basic facilities and healthcare is limited. CABDICO works with children and adults with disabilities, their families, and teachers and community teachers.
Their programmes are focused on two areas:
- Maximising the potential of children with disabilities (notably through rehabilitation and integration in schools);
- The integration and empowerment of people and families affected by disability (including by creating and providing advice to Self-Help Groups with disable people).
In 2015, CAF has started to cooperate with CABDICO under the 121 Family Micro-Business programme.
LRDE (Le Restaurant des Enfants) is an NGO based in Cambodia which was founded only in 2010 but which is managed by personnel, including its Director, a former teacher, with a long-time experience in helping children in impoverish communities in the country. Most of the staff in LRDE have first-hand experience on child sponsoring having been sponsored children themselves.
The Restaurant was created with the initial objective of providing a daily meal to street children in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. But the Restaurant offers much more than a meal to children trying to earn a living in the streets of Phnom Penh. This space offers these children also hygiene, health care, support for their education, play and rest time, attention, and all of this in a “family-like” atmosphere. LRDE takes into consideration the family or other reality of the children. LRDE promotes the education of these children by providing food every month to the child’s family to cover for the income that the child would obtain from working in the streets of Phnom Penh if he/she was not attending school.
In 2015, CAF started to work with LRDE under the 121 Child Sponsoring Programme.