Field Partners

Be A HERO works with Field Partners to help them to reach their goals for their communities.  Field Partners will either have an indigenous leader or a North American or Australian in-country project leader.

Field Partners are required to report on a regular basis to Be A HERO and the North American and Australian (government and non-government) agencies in relation to work carried out using funding from Be A HERO and these other agencies.

Be A HERO Field Partners

on Tuesday, 19 June 2012. Posted in Field Partners, Projects, About Us

The Philipinnes Salvation Army - Joyville Childrens Home - Manila Be A HERO 2Be A HERO’s Field Partners are those we have had close, long-term, personal relationships with; those who have proven to be experienced, efficient and financially responsible. In most cases, our Field Partners have been working for many years in their location, caring for orphans, refugees, the poor, and other marginalized people. They are the experts on the ground, providing the daily care and love to those around them. Be A HERO assists our Field Partners by raising funds for their project; providing administrative support; and liaison with donors and sponsors.

Child Labor Ring Busted

on Friday, 25 September 2015. Posted in Field Partners, Current News, HERO Shop, Orphanages - Childrens Homes - Rescue Centres, Exploitation, Human Trafficking, Slave Labour & Exploitation

PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times)

Eleven-year-old Sareth was friends with some of the children who lived in the crowded, tiny house in a back alley in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov commune. “They would leave in the afternoon, and come back in the morning,” he said. “They didn’t go to school, they would just sleep all day.”


Sareth did not realize that the children were the victims of a child labour ring.

His father, Sarath, said he saw the children leave daily around 5 pm on the back of a motorbike, each carrying a platter of sliced mango and other fruit.

The children would work all night selling fruit around the city, before returning to the tiny house in Chbar Ampov around 5am, and start the ordeal again a few hours later. Some residents of the neighbourhood said the children began working at around 10 am.

Twenty-two children, all from a village in Prey Veng province, had been exploited as free labor for almost a year before Khmer Times tipped off anti-trafficking NGO AIM SWAT about them.

Neighbours' claimed they never suspected a child-labour exploitation ring was headquartered next door, though they all said they saw the children leave to work all night.

“[The children] have freedom like other kids. They just helped with the business,” said 28-year-old Chhay Ya.

Early Morning Raid

Police take suspected traffickers from a house in Chbar Ampov commune where 22 children were rescued yesterday morning, following a two-month investigation that began with a tip-off from Khmer Times. Ban Sokrith

At around 9am yesterday morning, a team of police from the government’s anti-human trafficking force and members of AIM SWAT went to the house in Chbar Ampov. They surrounded it and arrested two adults suspected of trafficking.

They brought them and the children to the police station to give depositions. As of 6:30 pm yesterday the children and the suspected traffickers were still being held at the station.

According to Eric Meldrum, a former detective from the UK who is now investigation director at AIM SWAT, the police have not yet decided on the charges.

The raid followed two months of information-gathering by AIM SWAT and the police, after they received photographs, videos and information from Khmer Times.

Editors at Khmer Times decided not to publish a report on the child-trafficking ring because it could put the children in further danger.
beaherochildlabourraidInstead, they approached Mr. Meldrum and requested that he and his organization investigate the case.

Mr. Meldum said the case sets a precedent because it is the first time a child labor ring has been busted in Cambodia. “Usually the kids are out begging or selling with their families,” he explained. “In this case the families had brought them here. (The children) were clearly being exploited. They were living together in a macabre little hothouse and made to work all the time.”

One clue that indicated these children were far more organized than others selling trinkets and food on the streets of Phnom Penh was the packaging of the fruit they sold. The slices were layered on Styrofoam, wrapped in cellophane, and carried on metal trays. The children were also monitored by two young men on motorbikes. One of them was arrested yesterday.

The children started work on the Riverside and in front of Nagaworld, and then shifted to Street 51 at about 11.30 pm, according to vendors interviewed by Khmer Times.

Parental Neglect?

Neighbours' said the only time the children’s parents would visit the alley was to collect their children’s meager salaries. Some neighbours' put the amount at 60,000 riel (about $15) a month, while others said the children were not paid.

Mr. Meldrum said it is unclear to what extent the parents were aware of their children’s work. “Did the parents not realize they were working these kinds of hours?” he asked.

Busting the trafficking ring is only the first step in ensuring the children do not fall back into the hands of traffickers, after they return home. “The children will be reintegrated with their families wherever possible,” said Mr. Meldrum. “Appropriate action will be taken to ensure that this doesn’t happen to them again, and to ensure that the family doesn’t feel the need to make their children work.”

Mr. Meldrum said the bust has made the Phnom Penh police more aware of the risks of children being exploited by trafficking rings as free labour. “This is the first arrest of its kind,” he said, “so it’s a big step forward for child protection.”

The house where the 22 children from a village in Prey Veng were being kept. The children, who sold fruit on the city’s street, ranged in age from seven to early teens. KT/Fabien Mouret

Additional reporting by Vincent MacIsaac

Field Partners - Heroes of the Nation - Nyahururu, Kenya

on Monday, 18 June 2012. Posted in Current Projects, Field Partners, Projects, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Extreme Poverty, Homelessness, Infrastructure, Orphans, Kenya

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Heroes of the Nation, through its “Village Concept” is developing its orphanages with “home-based” care programs that help to prevent the disruption of the family unit that is essential to Kenyan life.  The “Village Concept”, as part of the health-care program, includes the development of resource centers in rural areas that contain videos and information about the AIDS virus and its prevention.  HOTN believes that education leads to hope, and hope leads to action.

The Heroes of the Nation School, has been operational since 2002 and currently has 534 students in primary and high school. This element of the project is very important to the development of the community for the following reasons:

The children of the community attend HOTN for schooling for the following reasons:
i)    the standard of education is very high;
ii)   there is a boarding school available because it is too far to travel daily;
iii)  it is the only boarding school in a 10 km radius;
iv)  the children are fed a nutritious diet enabling them to concentrate;
v)   the location of the school is a long way from bad influences eg. drugs/alcohol, etcetera;
vi)  the school is needed because nearest town is 7 km away.

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