IT trainings for survivors of sexual abuse

The US$5,000 grant from Zonta International bought laptops, desktops, an overhead projector with LCD printer and other equipment for IT Trainings and Values for 40 Girl Survivors of Sexual Abuse. Participants completed a 30-hour skills enhancement training in IT and received Certificates of Participation and Completion. This service was provided by Cameleon Association Inc., an organization that has developed a holistic approach to responding to the causes and effects of sexual violence towards children and teenagers in the Philippines. They protect and support victims of sexual violence by accompanying them and their families on the path to resilience. They encourage beneficiaries’ autonomy and the socio-economic development of families in their communities. Their training project was made possible through the partnership with the Zonta Club of Makati-Ayala.

It is important to note that the trainings also contributed to the mental and social well-being of the girls. As the motivation and interest of the girls increased, their participation also improved as shown in their attendance and outcomes. Equally important, the IT trainings provided an opportunity for the girls to develop positive values as they were encouraged to enjoy and use their imagination. With the supervision of the staff, this activity provided a venue to improve their collaboration, teamwork, discipline and positive peer interaction.

"This training helped me to be more patient. Learning new skills is not easy but at the same time very challenging. Now, I am more confident to help my classmates and fellow girls when they need assistance. I am thankful for this opportunity," said Angel, one of the training participants.

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