Women Benefit From Local Loans & Savings Group

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Poverty and domestic violence often go hand-in-hand in many rural areas of Vietnam, but when staff at Hagar instigated an Economic Empowerment Program in Yen Bai province, even they were surprised by the transformational effect it had on the lives of the women involved.   This is the story of a...

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Rebuilding A Life After Abuse By A Foreigner

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My name is Sokha* and I was born in Phnom Penh. Our family didn’t have much but we were happy. My mother worked in the factory and my father was a driver. I was in school and doing okay. But one event changed my life forever.   This is Sokha’s Story I was abused...

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Finding Hope After Domestic Violence

Hau's Story of Hope
Late last year, Hagar Vietnam received an emergency call in the middle of the night. It was from Hau*, a 37 year old woman who had woken up to find her drunk husband turning their house upside down. Hau feared for her life, he was violent and unpredictable.   This is Hau’s Story When her husband passed...

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A Safe Place to Heal in Afghanistan

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Zaher* ran away from a violent home at a young age and found himself living on the streets of Afghanistan. Tragically, Zaher’s abuse was perpetuated on the streets where it became habitual for members of street gangs to sexually abuse him. He was eight years old.     This is Zaher’s Story One of...

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Village Chief and His Wife Help Set a Young Life Free

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Sophea was only four years old when her father sold her into slavery. She spent most of her young life doing hard labour, tending cows and being mistreated by the families she served.  

Sophea never had a chance to get an education and had to endure...

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Tra Gains Strength to Return Home

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Soon after she was married, Tra knew that her life would not be easy. Her husband was accused of damaging property and he was sent to jail for six months. Her mother-in-law did not consider Tra as a daughter-in-law but just as another source of income for the family. She expected Tra to make...

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A Mother’s Love Knows No Bounds

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In January 2016, Nhi’s husband sexually abused their two young children. After years of physical abuse towards the family, Nhi decided to run away with her son and daughter, seeking refuge at Hagar’s Recovery Centre. All three were experiencing high levels of trauma. Nhi was quick to anger, isolating herself when...

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Setara’s Story

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  My story is full of suffering. When I was 13, my father arranged for me to be married to a member of the Taliban. I refused and appealed to the rest of my family for help, but they forced the marriage anyway. I had to escape, so I ran away...

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Creative Arts for Healing in Vietnam

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Art therapy is used with Hagar clients as it has a number of benefits. It allows clients to communicate what is sometimes difficult to put into words and manage difficult emotions and circumstances. Art therapy can also help clients feel understood, gain skills, provide a sense of achievement and it allows...

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Giang’s Recovery with Hagar Vietnam

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Giang used to be a beautiful girl. Tall, with long black hair and a stunning face. She was also very bright, and excelled at school. She loved school, her only dream was to study and go to university and she always came top of her class. For Giang, studying was...

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