Empower Abused and Trafficked Vietnamese Women

by Hagar USA, which supports the work of Hagar International
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Hagar Provides healing

Ve* is a young girl who came to Hagar in June, traumatized and lacking trust. 

Ve’s father is an alcoholic and a violent name.  For years, her father was abusive, but one night he came home drunk and raped her.  

Ve didn't know what to do.  The only think she could think of was to take her own life and almost immediately attempted to commit suicide. Her mother found her and took her to the hospital, saving her life.  After attempting suicide three more times, Ve's mother decided they needed help.  

Hagar first went to Ve's home, and found that she wouldn't speak and didn't trust anyone.  Once she came into Hagar's care she saw the staff’s sincerity and effort in reaching her. Ve has gradually entrusted Hagar and started to share her story.

After being counseled by Hagar staff, Ve has started to show improvements.  She has more self-confidence and started to feel the joy of life through simple activities such as biking, writing in her diary and talking to those people she loves. When she started to open up to others, she realized that not everybody looked down on her as she had thought. 

Ve still has a long way to go, but because of you, the staff at Hagar Vietnam will be there with her every step of the way.

*names have been changed to protect identities

Because of you Hagar was able to bring in a women named Trieu.*  Trieu is not 27 years old and came to Hagar from Malaysia.  Trieu worked in Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) for 1 year as waitress in a karaoke bar. While working there she was sexually abused by a client.  Not long after that incident, in December 2015, a man told her that she would send her to work in another karaoke bar in Singapore.  She wanted to get away and start again somewhere new...

but this man ended up being a pimp and he sold her to a brothel in Malaysia. There she was terribly beaten. After a while she tried to escape and one time while trying to escape, the police saw her.  Thankfully, they were good police officers and sent her to a local NGO in Malaysia. The local NGO then contacted the International Labour Organization (ILO), who referred Trieu to Hagar.

A few weeks ago, Hagar staff picked her up at the airport in Vietnam and she is now at the Recovery Center. Hagar has been supporting her mostly with healthcare (she broke her back while running away in Malaysia) and counseling.

Your support made this happen.  Thank you for helping women like Trieu have a chance at true recovery!

 

*Names have been changed for client protection

 

UPDATE:

Thank you!  Because of your support the women at Hagar Vietnam's shelter are finding hope and able to live life more normally.  There is a woman who came to Hagar's care hiding from her husband because he had abused both her small children and they needed a save place to stay.  You helped create a safe place for her and her children.  

At the shelter they are able to live in a normal house, and come and go as they please.  They go on outings and field trips and are able to laugh, play and begin to realize that life holds so much hope and joy.  You have helped us to be able to see smiles on these faces.

Thank you!

Your support has provided so much help to women in Vietnam. In November alone, your support allowed Hagar Vietnam towelcome three new clients and four dependents. There are two clients coming from domestic violence, of whom one came to us with bruises on her face caused by her husband. The third one is a survivor of complex circumstance of human trafficking, sexual abuse and violence. Hagar Vietnam’s support has come to these clients and their children when they need it most. With Hagar’s commitment to do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, the women and children are ready to start their whole journey towards recovery and write a different chapter of their lives. 

 

As part of the process to wholeness and empowerment, your support allowes Hagar to provide counseling.  Apart from providing individual counselling service, Hagar Vietnam continues to organize therapeutic activities for clients such as: colouring, doing exercise, going out for sightseeing in Hanoi. Some women and children went to a street music show the 25th of November – the International day on eliminating violence against women.

 

The women you are support want to share their thankfulness themselves:

“I am willing to share my story to help raise awareness on preventing human trafficking. I know I need to contribute by raising my voice in addressing this issue. I hope that my story is heard so less people become victims of modern slavery.” Tien, a survivor of human trafficking, now working hard to make her dream of being a social worker come true.

“I cannot be more than thankful to have Hagar with me to heal my scars and rebuild my life. Hagar appeared when I was most desperate taking my child to run away from my violent husband.” “If I don’t find this house (the support of Hagar), I really have nowhere else to go to.” Tra, a survivor of domestic violence

“If I had not been given Hagar Vietnam hotline, I would have nobody to call for help when my husband kept drinking and beating me to release his anger.” “I never imagined there could be such a safe place like this house. All of you treat me kindly & gently. Thank you so much for helping me and my children” Hau, a survivor of domestic violence, who has come to Hagar recovery center with 3 children.

“I really love staying at this house. Here I can freely draw without being scared of my father.” “I like staying here. I don’t want to go back home because I’m scared of my dad’s beating me” Survivor Hau’s 4 year-old child speaking about Hagar Vietnam recovery center

Some of the women you are supporting!
Some of the women you are supporting!

Thank you for giving to empower the lives of women.  With this update, we want to share a little bit about Nga*, a survivor who has recently arrived at Hagar Vietnam.  To protect her identity, we have changed her name.

By supporting these women, you have become a part of their story as they journey to recovery.

Nga, 16 years old, survivor of human trafficking, 1 month at Hagar

Nga is a new client who joined Hagar Vietnam in early August. She was trafficked to China last year when she was only 15. Due to the family’s poor economic situation, Nga’s mother wanted her to look for a job. An elderly woman living in the neighborhood approached Nga’s family and told Nga that she could work as a babysitter for the her daughter in China. Nga’s mother agreed to let her go with the woman’s son to China, hoping she could earn some money to support the family. However, as soon as Nga arrived in China she was sold to a brothel. The next 15 days were a horrible nightmare as she were sexually abused by many different men.

Nga tried desperately to contact her family back home. Nga’s parents finally received the shocking news and were able to contact police to rescue her. The 15 year-old girl returned home hopeless and afraid for her future. Nga became quiet, unmotivated, and depressed. She ate very little, slept a lot, and had almost no connection with others.

Through a referral by the Center for Communication and Counseling Services, Nga was introduced to Hagar Since then, she has received comprehensive services for recovery and empowerment including safe accommodation, health care, counseling, therapeutic art activities, and career orientation. Nga meets with her counselor every week to learn coping skills. Being very determined to be a hairdresser, Nga was recently selected to participate in a 9- month training course by L’Oreal. Nga has shown her excitement to start the very first step to build her own life in Hanoi. To support Nga to the fullest, her case manager visited her parents in her hometown, listened to their difficulties and explained about the services provided to Nga and urged them to encourage Nga to do her best.

Nga still has a very long way to go but we are so proud of her. If you’d like to continue the journey with survivors like Nga, here are a few suggestions:

  1. Join our “Pack for Traffick” Campaign. Who knew that packing a lunch could make a big difference in the lives of victims of trafficking? Learn more and get started at www.tinyurl.com/pack4traffick.
  2. Watch “The Storm Makers” (for free on PBS through the end of September) with some friends. This documentary, filmed in Cambodia, shows chilling viewpoints from traffickers and family members and depicts exactly why organizations like Hagar exist.

Thank you again!

 

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Hagar USA, which supports the work of Hagar International

Location: Charlotte, NC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.hagarusa.org
Project Leader:
Catherine Sherrod
Director of Development
Pheonix, AZ United States

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