Hagar Partners with UNHCR on New Refugee Assistance Initiative

Phnom Penh, August 1, 2012 – Hagar’s newest project, in partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), will provide case management services, job counseling, job training, and employment placement for refugees living in Cambodia.

The target population is foreign-born individuals who have been forced to flee from their countries of origin owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion. Each refugee is in Cambodia to build a new life – because they cannot go back home. Many of them do not speak the local language and are learning to understand the customs and culture of their new environment.

Hagar will start by supporting six individuals and their families in this new project. The goal for each individual and their family is self-reliance and that they will adjust well in Cambodian society with dignity and independence. Whether it is by facilitating the process of accessing birth certificates and identity documents, accessing schooling and other education, or providing career counseling and work opportunities, Hagar will do whatever it takes to support each client on their journey towards wholeness.