DT’s Drop-In Centres in Poipet and Neak Loeung are a key part of our programs, offering an entry point for children and parents into services. The centres offer a safe and child-friendly space for street children to take a break from their daily work. Children can also benefit from a daily two-hour literacy and numeracy class. Outreach takes place regularly in the streets, rubbish dumps, directly in communities and where children work on the Thai/Cambodian border. Each month workshops are organized in communities to sensitize children, youth and adults on topics affecting the communities such as trafficking, the importance of education, HIV, substance abuse, and sexual exploitation. Specific outreach also takes pace to target children using drugs.
The mobile Rehabilitation Unit offers specialised services to vulnerable children assisting with their psychological, social and physical recovery from addiction. An independent evaluation of the Rehabilitation Centre was undertaken in April 2015 to ensure the effectiveness, duration and appropriateness of the service. It also looked at the treatment and reintegration interventions provided. As part of the evaluation it was discovered that children using drugs were non-longer on the street, and had moved into the village (community). To counter this changing dynamic, it was decided that the Rehabilitation Centre would be closed and be replaced by the Mobile Rehabilitation Unit. To facilitate this change Planet Wheeler assisted DT to purchase a Tuk Tuk for mobile outreach. It has enabled DT social workers to reach more drug using children and young people. The Tuk Tuk goes directly to the community 4 times a week and carries out mobile drug rehabilitation outreach (It also includes a Mobile Library).