APLE is a local Non Governmental Organization (NGO) registered under the law of the Kingdom of Cambodia, working dedicatedly to combat the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE) Cambodia is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, established in 2002 with the aim to combat the sexual abuse and exploitation of children in Cambodia. Initially, APLE assisted the national police with child-friendly information gathering processes in cases of street-based child sexual exploitation whilst providing pro-bono legal support to victims and their families.
A dire need for social support for those affected and at risk was identified, and in 2005, APLE began its social support program for the survivors. Until this day, APLE partners with other NGO service providers and refers rescued children, family members and witnesses to said institutions for specialized support, tailored to their specific, individual needs.
Throughout the years, child sexual abuse and exploitation trends have shifted both worldwide and in Cambodia, making our organization adapt to the ever changing modus operandi of offenders. International collaborations as a response to child sexual abuse in travel and tourism as well as focus on online child sexual abuse and exploitation as a response to the increased risks of the world wide web are examples of these adaptations.
APLE commits to high level awareness raising through partnerships with relevant ministries, commune councils, civil society organizations, private organizations and partner NGOs to disseminate knowledge and skills to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse and exploitation. Likewise, APLE promotes the use of child-friendly criminal justice procedures via advocacy before relevant entities to ensure high level engagement and systematic change.
Strategic Focus 2016-2020
Within the previous strategic plan 2016-2020, APLE implemented four inter-connected programs: 1) Criminal Justice Development; 2) Court Support; 3) Community Engagement; and 4) Research and Advocacy. Specific approaches and activities that ensured long-lasting impacts, cost-effectiveness and sustainable changes were prioritized in each program, drawing on APLE’s uniqueness, organizational strengths and external opportunities.
Strategic Focus 2021-2025
In September 2020, APLE started a strategic planning process for the next five years period to assess the past performance, identify future priorities and develop a continued strategic framework 2021-2025, which aims to bring APLE’s collective work to the next level and enhance its service impact at national, regional and international levels.
The new strategic plan seeks to achieve the APLE’s mission which is to strengthen national social and legal systems for the protection of children at risk or, or, affected by sexual abuse and exploitation, and focuses on four main programs, including 1) Police and Legislative Framework; 2) Criminal Justice Development; 3) Victim Support and Assistance; and 4) Community, Industry and Media Engagement.