Mahida’s Story


Madiha tells her story straight-faced. She answers questions in a quiet, monotonous tone.

“I will start from the beginning, because that’s where the violence started. My father died when I was a child, leaving my mother with my brother, my sister, and me.

An enemy of our family would often threaten...

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Lanh’s Journey Begins

Lanh was neglected and abandoned by her mother, who had seven children with different men. The 15-year-old girl has never known her real father and experienced physical abuse since she was very small. Left on her own at a very young age, Lanh lived in different places, including pagodas, while...

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Srey Poch

“I don’t want to go back home yet. I feel unsafe in the rural countryside, especially because the perpetuator has not been arrested yet.” Srey Poch, 12 years old. Srey Poch used to live in a small village near the sea in Sihanoukville. Her father was a fisherman, and her...

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Morsal’s Story

“I come from a very religious and conservative family. After school, my parents told me that I could not continue my education. They wanted me to stay home, like most respectful young women are expected to do. Yet, my family is very poor and unable to provide for our...

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Kalyan’s Journey to Forgiveness

With her black sharp eyes, Kalyan is a friendly and energetic woman. It is hard to believe that she has had such a dark past. When she was 15 years old, she was trafficked for sexual exploitation by her mother. Now 19, she is a beautiful young woman living with...

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When I was 13, my father arranged my marriage with a 45-year-old man, who promised my family money in exchange for me. I was very unhappy with him, but endured life with him for one year before running back to my home. My father was very angry when I...

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Linh overcomes the darkness

I wasn’t afraid of poverty. I didn’t know another way. What got me was the loneliness. Would my dream of a complete and happy family ever be reality? When I was little, my mom passed away. She wasn’t my real mother—but my adopted one. I’ve never known my biological family....

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At home in foster care

My name is Rany. I’m sixteen years old and originally from the rural province of Prey Veng. For most of my childhood though, I’ve lived in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. My life was difficult growing up. The memories are hard to forget. My father never allowed me to go to...

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Coming Home

Anh, now 22, was just 18 years old when she was trafficked to China and forced to be a prostitute. For more than a year, she suffered her “darkest days” full of pain and sorry. After 13 months of abuse, Anh was able to escape and leave China. But the...

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Joma Bakery Cafe – Social Enterprise Spotlight


We are often asked about our approach to social business: What does it look like? Who do we partner with? What is the impact?

Hagar’s experience with business runs deep in our veins, right back to our very start as an organisation. In its infancy, Hagar started...

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