The Life Diep Deserves

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“I know that the work will be hard and that healing will take not only time but also effort. But through reflection and planning, my life can and will be better.” From Impoverished to Empowered—Your Support Grants Trafficked Farmer A Second Chance At Life. Donate now.   Diep was...

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Courage to Break Free

I have always experienced the beatings—for being a girl, for being a child, for being an employee. My father was a violent man cursed by alcohol, poverty and worst of all, daughters. I left school at the age of 10 to work in a child factory where I was hit for...

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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 broken...

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Sam’s Resilience

My father died when we I was very young and mom was left to care for me, my twin brother and our five other siblings. We never finished school because we couldn’t afford it. My brother and I would go to the pagoda near our home during our free time....

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Huyen’s Remarkable Recovery

Huyen has always been vague about her time in China. She simply cannot talk about it. Sometimes, but only on rare occasions, she’ll offer that the experience was horrific and humiliating. We believe her. Because when Huyen arrived at Hagar, she was ashamed and confused and unbelievably sad. She...

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Polnath’s Story

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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...

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Phannary’s Story

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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...

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Channa’s Journey Forward

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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...

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Minh Rewrites Her Story

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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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My Story – Thi

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My parents used to make me eat pig slop. You might wonder what pig slop tastes like, but it's not as bad as it sounds. To be honest, I got used to it. But what was worse was when my parents would yell at me. Or they'd hit me. Or...

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