Euan Crawshaw is the Country Manager for Terre des Hommes Netherlands in the Philippines. Being involved with child protection agencies for many years, Euan oversees all of TdH’s work in the country such as supporting partner organisations on project implementation, representation, budget management, and ensuring work is of the highest possible quality to meet the needs of children.
Euan joinded TdH-NL in March 2020. As a father himself, he is motivated to work on sensitive issues and support children who are exploited.
“Tdh in the Philippines works to combat online sexual exploitation of children. We support communities by raising awareness about Online Sexual Exploitation of Children, so children and their families can be safe and protected. We provide alternative care options, legal assistance and advocate for change, from community level all the way to government.”
Dealing with a number of different projects across different regions in the Philippines, Euan addresses their importance to the country. He said, “We work directly with local civil society, government and communities in order to deliver relevant programmes for some of the most vulnerable and forgotten children. We work to identify children at risk and remove them from harmful situations”.
With the COVID-19 pandemic’s restrictions in carrying out such important activities, Euan and his country team found ways to continue to work.
“Our team and partner staff have been working from home. There have been many online meetings and we have shown innovation in our programming such as moving a lot of our work to mobile and online technology.”
“We are working within our existing programmes to support vulnerable children and their families that have been put at further risk during the pandemic. We have started an emergency response programme that will support communities with cash distributions and meet financial needs as many families have been left with no source of income”.
“Children are safe and not at risk of being exploited. A global awareness of online sexual exploitation and abuse in the Philippines and steps are being taken by the government and international community to combat violations against innocent children” he said.