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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