Hagar USA, which supports the work of Hagar International

Hagar does whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to restore broken lives.
Jan 19, 2012

Escaping the Darkness

Girls Recovery Shelter in Cambodia
Girls Recovery Shelter in Cambodia

“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.

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Jan 17, 2012

Meet Mina

Girl in Afghanistan
Girl in Afghanistan

Meet Mina*, a beautiful 15 year old girl who we met standing on a street corner, selling gum and cigarettes. She’s forced to work there everyday by her mother. 

You see, Mina’s family is very poor. So poor in fact, that she not only sells small goods on the street corner, but she is also forced to sell her body. With two brothers and four more sisters at home, keeping food on the table and a roof over their head is too much for the mother to handle alone. Mina’s father became disabled 3 years ago and for the first year the family lived off of selling each item in their house. Now that nothing is left, the mother feels she has no option but to sell her daughter to the highest bidder. ‘My daughter is the only capital our family has,’ she told me, with emotionless eyes.

Mina’s future seems ruined. There is now no chance that any man will accept her as a bride. There is no possibility of her going to school or learning a new skill, nor will she ever have the chance to have a child of her own. The poverty that surrounds her has claimed her opportunities. She seems destined to be a sex worker for life.

And this is the whole reason why Hagar is in Afghanistan. We hear her cries for help. 

*Hagar pursues the highest degree of care and protection for each of its clients. To protect the identity of our clients, names have been changed and pictures do not depict the individual profiled.

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Nov 3, 2011

In Just Two Years

Reintegrated Woman Served by Hagar Vietnam
Reintegrated Woman Served by Hagar Vietnam

Hagar Vietnam has provided healing and recovery to survivors of trafficking and abuse.  Here's a snapshot of what we've accomplished in two years:

  • 112 women have received holistic services (Individual Care, Client Training, Career Development, and Capacity Building programs).
  • 62 trainings have been conducted for Hagar Vietnam clients aimed at personal development, which focuses on growing each clients’ soft-skills and hard skills, as well as providing them with reflection and empowerment tools for personal recovery. 
  • Approximately 50% of Hagar Vietnam clients are already employed and living self-sufficiently, while others remain in Hagar’s long-term care and progress towards economic and personal independence.  

However, Hagar Vietnam’s successes are not merely measured in statistics and numbers.  The long-term model of care was developed so that the needs of each, individual person are considered, as many of Hagar Vietnam’s most successful women are the very individuals that have transcended the darkest and most traumatic of situations. 

Thank you for your generosity and ongoing commitment to these women.

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