2019 Ou Char Village Hive Sustainability Pilot
There are six villages in Ou Char Commune, located in the heart of Battambang City. The CCT Village Hive model has been operating in all six villages since 2017, with CCT teams delivering vital services and running support programs reaching 493 families.
In 2019, a pilot was launched to embed CCT’s Village Hive model into public systems in all six villages in Ou Char Commune.
The pilot will see the management of the Village Hive Model transferred from CCT to the Ou Char Commune where it can be run and managed by the local council, in partnership with the four local public schools and health centre in Ou Char.
The aim of the pilot is to see the Village Hive, which has been co-designed by the community, functioning as the child protection and social protection system for the commune. The knowledge of how to run and operate the Village Hive will live within the community’s public systems that will live on beyond the life of CCT.
The sustainability pilot will see CCT’s Village Hive Model ratified as the commune’s child protection and social protection system, run and managed by the Ou Char local council.
Work has already begun to establish Youth Centres in all the four public schools in the commune.
Sustainabilty Strategy Implemented
What: Exit Plan
When we talk about sustainability, we are referring to the aim for our work to live on beyond the life of the organisation. We are working ‘upstream’ solutions to solve the root causes of poverty, family separation and early adversity in childhood. We are working to do ourselves out of a job!
To achieve this, CCT is embedding our unique Village Hive model into public systems such as the local council, schools and medical centres, and collaborating on all aspects of programs with local communities. We are also reducing foreign staff working in Cambodia from current levels of less than one per cent, down to zero within the next three years.
How: True Empowerment
The knowledge of how best to protect children, lives within local communities.
Community empowerment is essential to achieving lasting, sustainable impact. The definition of ‘empower’ is to ‘give power.’ CCT gives communities the power to design their Village Hive and control the implementation and ongoing management.
Our motto is: “Nothing about them without them.” Communities are engaged and have a vested interest in their Village Hive because we co-create every plan throughout every step of the process, from concept to design to implementation. The result is each village has a child protection system that works for their specific community, ensuring no vulnerable child is overlooked.
Why: Systemic change
We believe the role of NGOs should be to solve problems and create systemic change. It seems an obvious statement to make, but in reality NGOs often get so caught up in reacting to problems that their focus and resources are pooled into bandaid solutions. This approach can inadvertently end up fueling the problem and sometimes unintentionally creating new ones.
To solve problems and create systemic change, NGOs often need to take the risks that governments can’t by piloting innovative, community-designed programs. The approach needs to be ‘upstream’ and address the root causes of a problem. When an innovative program has been tried and tested, it should be handed over to be run and controlled by communities and local government. In this way, programs will live on beyond the life of the NGO, in the hands of the community, where it rightly belongs.
Cambodian youth voices join CCT advisory board of directors
CCT has worked for over 12 years to empower Cambodian youth. Many of these youth are now strong, capable and informed young adults. It is crucial that their voices heard at the decision making table.
We’re excited to announce that four ex-beneficiary young adults will join CCT’s advisory board of directors.
Sinet is a screenwriter, voice artist and child rights activist.
SreyNeth is completing her social work degree at the Royal University of Phnom Penh.
Kakada is an entrepreneur running his own business.
Sakhon is completing his degree in international relations at Paragon International University
All four young people all have direct experience with institutional care, foster care, and family preservation. Their views and ideas will be invaluable to informing the ongoing development of CCT’s work.
Pilot, learn, grow approach
CCT’s Village Hive model has been developed through a ‘pilot, learn and grow’ approach over 12 years in Cambodia. This approach involves developing a sound qualitative and quantitative evidence-base to support the model. The ongoing evaluation of all aspects of the model informs decisions about the growth and development of the model, ensuring evolution is based on empirical evidence.
We will begin sharing these evaluations with you to gain a deeper insight into the practice that underpins our Village Hive model.
Here is the evaluation of CCT’s social work supervision practice, written by Sophorn Ngath, senior manager of social work and Research & Development.
Supervision is an essential part of reflective practice and an integral part of social work. Supervision provides social workers with the opportunity to evaluate, discuss intentions and develop innovative solutions.
CCT’s Social Workers participate in group, peer and individual supervision.
Summary of Supervision Evaluation: https://cambodianchildrenstrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/CCT_Evaluation_SW_Supervision_Summary_Sophorn_Ngath.pdf