About us

Our mission, vision and history

Our Mission

For those affected by trauma and those who support them, HAGAR is an expert in care and recovery.

When healing happens, the cycle of trauma stops.

Our Vision

Communities free and healed from the trauma of human trafficking, slavery and abuse.

Our Values

Respect: We believe in the right of all people to be heard and treated with respect and dignity.
Integrity: We commit to act ethically and honestly, striving to do the right thing in all times and in all circumstances.
Compassion: We want compassion and kindness to be evident in our attitude, communication and in active, practical ways.
Excellence: We hold ourselves to high standards, listening and learning from those we support, our partners and each other, to continuously improve all that we do.

Our History

Hagar was founded in 1994 in response to the prevalence of extreme domestic and community violence affecting women and children in post-civil war Cambodia. In 2008, Hagar began operations in Afghanistan to support women and children facing the worst forms of gender-based violence and human trafficking. The following year, HAGAR established an office in Vietnam to care for women who were affected by the growing magnitude of exploitation and abuse. More recently, Hagar began delivering programmes for women through our support office in Singapore, and we are partnering with organisations in Myanmar to increase their capacity to provide Trauma-Informed Care .

Hagar New Zealand’s journey started in 2009, with Don Lord, our Executive Director founding our first fundraising office in the country. Don had heard of Hagar through his years of humanitarian work in Asia, and knew it was something he wanted to be a part of.

The HAGAR Story

The Hebrew name Hagar means “one who flees” or “one who seeks refuge.” The story of Hagar and her son, Ishmael, is the story of millions of exploited, abused, and trafficked women and children.

In around 2000 BC, Hagar worked in a foreign land as a domestic servant for a rich man called Abraham and his wife, Sarah. Sarah was unable to bear children and, following a common practice of the time, Sarah offered her servant to Abraham. When Hagar became pregnant, Sarah grew jealous and threw her out of their home. An angel found Hagar alone in the desert. He promised a blessing on her child, naming him Ishmael, which means “God hears.” In response Hagar declared: “You are the One who sees me.” The story of Hagar is known to many faiths including Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

HAGAR is committed to providing sanctuary and hope to women and children like Hagar and Ishmael, walking the whole journey with each one.

OUR STAFF

Mr. Don Lord

Executive Director of Hagar New Zealand

Don is the x and previously worked for World Vision in New Zealand and Mongolia. Don has been involved in research on Trafficking in Cambodia and has worked in Mongolia on the formulation of an anti-trafficking project to be spearheaded by local project staff. He has also had extensive involvement in developing tools to work with trafficked women and children in Cambodia, National Child Protection standards and systems in Mongolia, and global Children in Crisis initiatives. Don established Hagar NZ in 2009.
don.lord@hagar.org.nz
027 733 7711

Mr. Don Lord

Executive Director of Hagar New Zealand
Don is the x and previously worked for World Vision in New Zealand and Mongolia. Don has been involved in research on Trafficking in Cambodia and has worked in Mongolia on the formulation of an anti-trafficking project to be spearheaded by local project staff. He has also had extensive involvement in developing tools to work with trafficked women and children in Cambodia, National Child Protection standards and systems in Mongolia, and global Children in Crisis initiatives. Don established Hagar NZ in 2009.
don.lord@hagar.org.nz
027 733 7711

Ms. Joanne Hand

Hagar International (New Zealand)

Joanne joined the team as our Northern Coordinator in 2016, after a longstanding career in women’s empowerment overseas. Joanne spent twenty years working with Kurdish women and girls in Turkey, engaging with many of the social justice issues that disproportionately impact women globally, such as violence against women, sexual exploitation, the spread of HIV, mental health issues, and gender equity. She is deeply passionate about the work of Hagar and enjoys communicating our work with anyone and everyone who has an interest in it.
joanne.hand@hagar.org.nz
022 043 8091

Ms. Joanne Hand

Joanne joined the team as our Northern Coordinator in 2016, after a longstanding career in women’s empowerment overseas. Joanne spent twenty years working with Kurdish women and girls in Turkey, engaging with many of the social justice issues that disproportionately impact women globally, such as violence against women, sexual exploitation, the spread of HIV, mental health issues, and gender equity. She is deeply passionate about the work of Hagar and enjoys communicating our work with anyone and everyone who has an interest in it.
joanne.hand@hagar.org.nz
022 043 8091

Ms. Anna Button

Hagar International (New Zealand)

Anna became a part of the Hagar NZ family in 2017, joining as our Fundraising coordinator. Anna has been long involved in serving NGO’s and her community, from working with World Vision to being a part of her local council board. She connects with our amazing volunteers, helping them to find exciting and creative ways in which they can give their time and resources to the work of Hagar. Anna also manages and produces communications content, and enjoys a cup of tea and a chat with anyone who is interested in supporting our work.

Anna Button

Anna became a part of the Hagar NZ family in 2017, joining as our Fundraising coordinator. Anna has been long involved in serving NGO’s and her community, from working with World Vision to being a part of her local council board. She connects with our amazing volunteers, helping them to find exciting and creative ways in which they can give their time and resources to the work of Hagar. Anna also manages and produces communications content, and enjoys a cup of tea and a chat with anyone who is interested in supporting our work.

Ms. Lydia Hollister-Jones

Hagar International (New Zealand)

Lydia joined the Hagar NZ team in 2018 after nine months working on the ground with Hagar International in Cambodia. Previously working for Tearfund and having completed an Honours with a focus on issues of gender inequality, Lydia is passionate about the work of Hagar and loves being able to communicate it with supporters. She produces communications content for everything from e-news to Facebook posts.

Ms. Lydia Hollister-Jones

Board Co-Chair
Lydia joined the Hagar NZ team in 2018 after nine months working on the ground with Hagar International in Cambodia. Previously working for Tearfund and having completed an Honours with a focus on issues of gender inequality, Lydia is passionate about the work of Hagar and loves being able to communicate it with supporters. She produces communications content for everything from e-news to Facebook posts.

For more information about our global team members please refer to our other country sites.

Help us transform lives

Donate now

By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.

Help us transform lives

Donate now

By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.

Help us transform lives

Donate now

By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.

Help us transform lives

Donate now

By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.

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