Last month, we celebrated a milestone in our recovery program for trafficked girls. Since its beginnings, Hagar's program has supported 200 girls on their journeys toward wholeness. Many dreams have been realized. Dreams for education. A career. A loving family. Many new futures are being envisioned.
Here is the story of one girl, named Srey Mao:
Sold by her own family to a brothel, Srey Mao remembers the pain and the trauma of the place. She lived for a long time under the impression that her sole value was the $500 her family received for selling her. Not so anymore. It has been a journey over years. But now Srey Mao says confidently, "Now I know I am priceless. I am more valuable than money."
When you support Hagar's project on Global Giving, you bring more dreams to girls like her.
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.