Samay’s Story

Samay was approached by a foreign paedophile on the riverbank in Phnom Penh. Over a period of two months, the man groomed Samay by buying him books, food and English lessons. Finally, when Samay was 15, the man sexually abused him and other boys. There was a court case and with...

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Looking Back and Looking Forward: Celebrating 2012 and Goals for 2013

One in three women and girls in Afghanistan experience emotional or sexual abuse. In Southeast Asia, it is conservatively estimated that 200,000 to 225,000 women and children are trafficked annually. The statistics are astounding and the abuse is very real. Which is why Hagar remains committed to the mission of restoring...

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Hagar Pioneers Foster Care in Cambodia


In a country like Cambodia, where many people are struggling to survive, taking an unrelated child into the household is a foreign concept. However, working through local networks, Hagar has recruited, trained and supported more than 30 foster families.

Through 19 years of experience working with children from traumatic...

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Ratha’s Journey to Freedom

The UN believes there are 35,000 Cambodian women currently in forced domestic service. In late 2012, Hagar began working with a group of 14 young Cambodian women who were trafficked to Malaysia. Nineteen-year-old Ratha was one of the women brought into Hagar’s care. Being the sole provider for her family,...

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Polnath’s Story

Polnath's Story

Nath was one of the first women who came to Hagar in Cambodia seeking refuge. Her husband, an alcoholic, often beat and abused her. They wandered the streets homeless. That’s where Nath gave birth to her daughter. But when her husband died suddently, Nath was completely destitute and alone. That’s...

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Phannary’s Story


Twelve years ago, Phannary came to Hagar. She and her family were destitute with little hope for the future.

Phannary trained as a cook with Hagar Catering and then started working for the business. After three years she was promoted as a supervisor.

“My manager trusted me and saw me growing,” she...

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Channa’s Journey Forward

channa's story

My name is Channa*. I am 20 years-old and I will graduate from High School in three months. Before I came to Hagar, I was hopeless.

My parents divorced when my mom was two months pregnant with me. I grew up in Cambodia’s Kandal province with my mother and my stepfather....

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Minh Rewrites Her Story

My name is Minh. These days, I feel really happy. But that wasn’t always true. A few years ago everything was different. I grew up in Northern Vietnam, right near the border of China. My sister and brothers raised me because our parents died when I was 13. Life was complicated...

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The Hard Truth About Recovery

The accusation is trafficking, the venue is a Cambodian court, the accused is a Hagar leader. At stake is the custody of a child who needs to stay safe and anonymous. How did it happen? Because, sometimes when a child is a key witness in a trial and the accused...

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Prison is no place for a child to grow up

But as Hagar is learning, hundreds of children live with their parents in jail. They have little food, disease runs rampant, sanitation is poor, and opportunities for the future like schooling and work placements are non-existent. That doesn't begin to address the challenges for parents and children in reintegrating into...

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