Sometimes it’s the small things that make all the difference.
Hien came to Hagar broken and neglected. Years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse from her family made her feel useless, unwanted, and lost. She always wanted to learn and make her family proud, but trauma and torment from her parents made succeeding seem impossible.
Hien has been with Hagar for 2 years, and has been an exceptional case. Personal development, intensive counseling, and the love and commitment of Hagar staff have helped her to face her past. Now she is thriving as an employee of JOMA Bakery. But that’s not the only reason her case is successful.
Hien loves to learn and educate others, and has always wanted to return to university to complete her degree. Hagar staff recognized this, and recently gave her an opportunity to become a teaching assistant for Hagar’s ESL program. Hien jumped at the opportunity, and has been thriving while working to improve her English as well as teach her peers.
“Her confidence has increased so much. She is so happy now that it shows in everything that she does," stated Hagar staff.
Hagar staff members continue to work with Hien developing her long-term career and personal goals, but they know that this small opportunity has made a huge impact. For so many women recovering from trauma, it’s a small opportunity – a new friendship – a kind word – that brings hope back into their lives.
All the small things help them feel whole again.
During Human Trafficking Awareness month, we want you to know that you've made a tremendous impact on the girls in Cambodia who come from backgrounds of human trafficking. To show our appreciation, we've created a special thank you video for you directly from Cambodia. Watch Hagar's thank you video (one minute).
We look forward to our journey together in 2012.
“I did not choose the darkness. People tricked me. They brought me to a place and locked me inside a small room. They forced me to take a pill. Darkness surrounded me like a blanket. I was lost and confused. Even when I was rescued, I felt the same. Like I could not escape.”
Kyky's story echoes the experiences of so many other young girls who have suffered the trauma and violation of sexual exploitation. Kyky is the whole reason Hagar walks the entire painstaking journey to wholeness. Because of your support we can provide the long-term aftercare that girls who have survived human trafficking need.
Now, after seven years of aftercare at Hagar, Kyky is strong. She has courage and hope for the future. With big dreams in her heart, she has finally escaped the darkness.