Empower Abused and Trafficked Vietnamese Women

by Hagar USA, which supports the work of Hagar International
Feb 13, 2012

The Small Things Make a Difference

A Vietnamese Woman at Hagar
A Vietnamese Woman at Hagar

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.  


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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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