Hagar Afghanistan rounded out 2012 with encouragement and hope. Over the past year, we saw numerous women and children find protection and begin to participate in their own healing. At the end of the year, 31 clients were becoming whole again.
Many experienced education for the first time. Some learned job skills and began to earn a salary. One by one, we saw clients overcome tragedy and experience empowerment. One by one, they began to understand they have value, deserve respect, and that they will be treated with dignity at Hagar.
"For the first time in my life, someone is asking me about my future plans and giving me support for my future." -- Sima, healing with Hagar.
Linh was raised in central Vietnam, in a very poor family. She was forced to work as a child, and she never got to go to school. Abuse by her father continued for years.
At 21, Linh escaped this difficult home life. She married and had a child. Things were much better, but then her husband was tragically killed. Linh was forced to find a way to support herself. Although hesitant, she accepted a job in a textile factory in Russia. She hoped to make enough money in a short time to support her child for years to come.
It didn't work out that way. In Russia, her passport was taken and she was forced to work in a sweatshop 20 hours a day. She was given little to eat and slept in overcrowded, cold, and dirty conditions with dozens of other Vietnamese people. Some of them had been there for four years. None had been paid.
Finally the sweatshop was raided and everyone was sent home. Now, Linh is with Hagar Vietnam. She's not whole yet, but we believe she will be. And its our privilege to journey alongside her. When you support this project, you help more women like Linh become whole again.
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In Cambodia, Srey Roth grew up in very poor conditions, with never enough food and no chance to go to school. Then, her life changed forever when she was viscously exploited as a 10 year old. When she first came to Hagar, she wouldn’t speak. As she began to feel the love and concern of her housemother and counselor, little-by-little she began to trust and share her feelings. Today, she is 13 years old and she has moved out of the Recovery Shelter into a group home. She says “I am strong now, and I want to live life in its fullness. I do not live in fear anymore, I live in hope.”
Thanks for your part in helping Srey Roth find that hope.