Call for partners: Free a Girl

Call for partners in the fight against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation and abuse of Chinese Children

1. Summary

Free a Girl is interested in collaborating with NGO partners worldwide that are active in the fight against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). We are looking for long-term relationships with organizations which rescue children from exploitive situations.
Currently, we are looking for organizations who work with providing support to Chinese girls who have been submitted to sexual exploitation, forced marriages and/or forced organ donation. We invite all organizations which share our mission and principles, and which fit the listed criteria, to submit their applications. 

2. About Free a Girl

Founded in 2008, Free a Girl is a Dutch child rights organization based in Haarlem, the Netherlands. As for 2014 we have provided grants to partners in India, Cambodia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Brazil, Moldova, the Netherlands, Cameroon and Thailand. 
As we are growing fast, we would like to include more organizations and projects to our portfolio (from any country on the DAC list, see
We aim to support local, national and regional organizations in the fight against the worst forms of abuse of children. We offer our partner organizations a no-nonsense approach with a clear focus on results and goals. Free a Girl is interested in cooperating  and providing support to  small and medium size organizations. 

3. Principles 

  • Girls are paramount; they are the project’s focus, so we find it important that their input is considered and that they provide their input to the project whenever possible.
  • Action-oriented; that is in our way of working, but also in those of partners.
  • Fair; in how we communicate and what we expect from partners, but also as a driver of the reasons why we do this work; we find it unfair and a human rights violation that girls are being exposed to exploitive situations.
  • Inquisitive; we want to continue to learn in order to improve effectiveness and the organization in general.

4. Criteria

Partner criteria
Free a Girl has formulated a comprehensive set of partner selection criteria. These are minimum criteria every partner organization has to meet:
  • Partners are non-profit organizations, where possible, recognized by local government, and acting in accordance with local law.
  • Their focus is specifically on preventing and combating prostitution of children and young people, with an emphasis on girls. 
  • In areas where commercial sexual exploitation of children and young people is a major problem.
  • Match the identity of a Free Girl (see our mission and vision.
  • Are accountable to the target group for which they work and involve them in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of the projects. 
  • Realize the vulnerability of the target group and ensure that adequate safety measures are taken to protect them. 
  • Are led by people with extensive knowledge and connections in the field, and the organization has a proven track record regarding the prevention and actions towards combating child prostitution. 
  • Want to learn from their projects and are open for discussion and feedback.  
  • Have an understanding of their abilities and have the will to strengthen the organization.
  • Show that they are committed to cooperation with other actors working in this field to make a difference at a higher level. 
  • Have the ability whenever possible to work with the government to increase the capacity of the government and to speak of its responsibility to those who are vulnerable. 
  • Pursue professional accounting records audited by a qualified accountant.
  • Writes annual plans and annual reports, and make it available.
  • Is transparent and open to audits and evaluations.
  • Propagandize no religious or political positions in the work they perform.
Specific criteria
At the moment, we are only interested in cooperating with partner organizations which also meet the following criteria:
  • In this instance, we are searching for organizations either in China or outside of China which support Chinese girls who have been submitted to sexual exploitation, trafficking and other exploitative situations. The programs should be aimed at the rescue, rehabilitation, integration and/or general support.
  • Partners have no other (major) donors from the Netherlands in 2014.
Free a Girl prefers to cooperate with several organizations from the same country or region. If there are other organizations within your network interested in cooperating with Free a Girl, please make sure they send in a response as well and mention them in your response.

5. Procedure

A response to this partner call should be send to Froukje Gaasterland: 
Responses should include:
  • The most recent annual report (including an annual financial report) and any other document which is necessary for Free a Girl to decide whether the organization fits all the listed criteria.
  • A list of donor organizations which have provided support in 2013 or 2014 
  • A proposal (both narrative and financially) for the first project to be supported by Free a Girl. 
The submitted project:
  • Has a maximum budget of € 50,000 
  • Directly benefits Chinese girls who have been victims of human trafficking for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation, forced marriages and/or organ extraction
  • Is non-recurring
Incomplete responses will not be considered. Projects will start Last quarter of 2014. 
Deadline is 22nd July 2014

6. Contact details

Free a Girl
Hendrik Figeeweg 3G10
2031 BJ Haarlem
The Netherlands
T. +31 20 7163933 
F. +31 20 7163932
M. +31 6 52325981
Triodos Bank: 786703164
Chamber of Commerce Amsterdam: 34308169


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