Modern Vietnam is often considered an economic success story. However, at Hagar we know that things are very different for those on the margins. The overall poverty rate is 12%. But, for ethnic minorities, rates are 50 to 70%. Experts estimate that within five years, poverty will largely be an issue of ethnicity.
This future is part of Hagar's current reality. Over half of our newest clients served by this project are from Vietnam's hill tribes. Few have had access to school. Few have received healthcare. Most have been trapped in deep poverty and severe abuse. Through your support, women in extreme need are becoming empowered. They are becoming whole again.
Here's a quote from one woman you've helped:
"I have cried out my tears. I have felt sorry for myself and my children. What I got from my husband was always violence. But when I found Hagar, my son and I were rescued. The doors are gradually opening for a better future. This is waht I feel in my heart. This is my second chance."
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