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Every child is born with their right to education, and this right applies to each individual child without any form of discrimination toward their own ethnicity or social group. However, in rural indigenous communities in Ratanakiri, it is very hard for school children to gain access to basic education, because they have to walk a long distance from their home to another village in order to receive education. In the case of Chang Veal village (Krung indigenous community) children from this village need to walk for 44 km to Ochum district centre in order to gain access to the only public school in their district.

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At ICC, we believe that there should be an open platform where the target group and beneficiaries are able to meet, discuss, share knowledge and skills, and work together for community development initiatives. Moreover, in order for this to happen there needs to be a clear vision and participation from all the relevant local stakeholders in order to formulate initiatives that can be done through sustainable means. As a result, local Communities of Practice (CoP) were organised by ICC-VIDP for engaging all Community and Church Mobilisation (CMM) practitioners in a process of collective learning in using their own initiative for their community development.

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Children are the vital foundation for the development of society. Yet, when children are not able to go to school or are being abused and neglected as well as deprived of their rights it will then create a negative impact to human resources. Due to this circumstance, ICC Voice of the Children (VOTC) project's main focus is to serve and protect children, most importantly children at the community level, where they are among the least served people.

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About 83 percent of Cambodian migrants were entering Thailand irregularly, according to 2013 estimations from UNODC. With the concern of more Cambodians are illegally migrating into other countries, ICC-Trafficking Response Project, based in Prey Veng province, decided to form Watch Teams in order to spot and identify traffickers and middlemen behind illegal migration, and to protect their villagers from trafficking problems as well as un-safe migration. One Watch Team member at Preah Sdach district was able to confront one suspicious person who came to their village in June 2018 by pretending to recruit children between the ages of 13 to 15 to go study on a scholarship.

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One of the current trends in the development sector is increased requirements from supporting partners, together with stronger demands from the Cambodian government on law-enforcement and reporting. At the same time social and technology opportunities arise, giving new opportunities for the development sector to utilise. As an international NGO, ICC sees it as an obligation and possibility to assist e.g. local NGOs and local churches to respond accordingly. Also, ICC has almost 30 years of experience in the development sector to draw from to share to local civil society organisations. Therefore, a new program has been setup called ICC Beyond, which is a consultancy program with the purpose to strengthen the civil society through training, mentoring and coaching.

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Human trafficking is a global problem that is happening everywhere around the world, especially in South and South-East Asia. These regions are considered as core areas for human trafficking. In South Asia, 85 per cent of detected victims were trafficked for forced labour, and among these as many as 40 per cent were children. Local anti-human trafficking initiatives are mainly focusing on awareness raising on prevention of human trafficking, rather than on the root causes behind human trafficking. Hence, it is needed to learn and analyse from the local perspective of human trafficking in order to address the root causes efficiently.

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Education is of utmost importance for the development of a society and of human resources. Education is also an essential human right, and the level and impact of education is in many ways determining the future and possibilities for a child. During the last 25 years the educational system in Cambodia has been re-built, after total destruction during the Pol Pot regime in the 1970s. Besides the regular school structure, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport is also promoting pre-schools, in order for children to get a good start on their learning and education.

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