Restoring hope to trafficked girls in Cambodia

by Hagar USA, which supports the work of Hagar International


BPR clients created bowls from strips of magazine paper and paper mache masksl A client has started running a small business early this month in Kompot province after succefully completing motor repair and maintanence training provided by Hagar.

 This month, four local businesses visited hagar to build a relationship around future partnership related to job placement and training.

 On October 8th, Hagar client Yong Sokchea travelled to Kompon Som province for a court date wich was delayed to the end of the month due to an absent witness. As part of the Refugee Projects “limited strategic interventions” initiative to support refugee clients whohave chosen to pursure their own small business enterprise, Hagar provided one client with materials to expand his food cart business.

Huys Story

 I never knew what was wrong with my grandson, Huy. Although he was old enough to go to school, he still couldn’t dress himself. He had trouble going to the bathroom alone and would break dishes when he was frustrated.
I tried sending him to public school, but he had to drop out. He was having diculties learning and none of his teachers knew how to help. Because he was dierent, the other children would tease and bully him.
One day at the market where I sell vegetables, my neighbor told me she also had a disabled child who was receiving help from a non prot organization called Hagar. She claimed her daughter had already improved and hoped the same for Huy.
I contacted the NGO and after a brief interview, Huy was accepted into Hagars House of Smiles programme where I learned for the rst time about autism. Here Huy receives the attention he deserves and gets the specialized help he needs to succeed not only in school but also in life. Within a few months he was able to eat and make his bed and do all sorts of things on his own that I never thought possible.
Each month I meet with Hagarsta to discuss Huys progress and also his weaknesses. He continues to acquire necessary life skills but traditional learning remains a struggle. Together we nd solutions to all his problems.
My hope for Huy is that he will continue to mature and that one day he will even be able to support himself since I know I am old and won’t always be with him. Despite what my culture suggests, I don’t believe we should ever give up on our children. When we help them step by step, our eorts won’t be worthless.
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When girls join our shelter, they do so because they have no place left to turn. 

Theavy expresses it well--after her home was broken apart by violence, her father brought her to Thailand. Living on the street, they were caught by immigration officers and returned to Cambodia. Tracking down her mother she found that her other parent was living on the streets too.  ‘I felt so lost and so unsafe’ she recalls.  An NGO referred her to Hagar; at first she was afraid and found it hard to trust anyone at the shelter.

 ‘But little by little, I realized that housemothers and counselors really cared for me- especially when I got sick and they stayed with me day and night.’

Despite the healing and love Theavy has experienced, where she wants to be is back with her family.  This is Hagar’s desire too; from the moment a girl joins us, our case workers are out first finding and then meeting with the family and community that girl came from, assessing whether it is a safe place for her to return and how we can support that process.  We support in different ways – sometimes through helping find or improve housing, sometimes through providing some ideas and training around income earning opportunities – and through counseling not only with the girls but with their families too.

So while we have reached more than 200 girls through our work, the impact is even broader than this; reaching over a thousand direct family members as well as others in the communities we visit and engage with.

Theavy is not back with her family yet, although she is in touch with them.  She is studying hard and wants to be really successful in her education.  Her dream for the future is exciting and humbling ‘I want to become a teacher
and help my parents so that they don’t have to beg on the streets anymore.’
  The road home will be a difficult one, but Hagar is committed to walking this road with her.  Each time someone is ready to rejoin their family or
community it is a deep moment of success for them; so far this year we have celebrated with 8 girls who have taken this step.  Please help us to continue walking this long but immensely valuable road by supporting our work on Global giving.


New dreams, with confidence
New dreams, with confidence

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.


Srey Roth finds hope. (not her real name or photo)
Srey Roth finds hope. (not her real name or photo)

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.


Girls on Bokor Mountain, Cambodia
Girls on Bokor Mountain, Cambodia

Last month, 18 girls from Hagar's Recovery Program visited Bokor Mountain, a two hour drive south of Phnom Penh, in Cambodia. The field trip was designed to fresh body and spirit, and to help the group grow as a team. Here are what a couple of the girls had to say:

"I really loved being at the top of the mountain.  I thought I was in paradise. It was very cool, but I felt warmth. I felt the warmth of being in a family." -- Srey Phreak

"I felt so excited on my way to the top of the mountain. I felt like I was on the way to heaven. I loved the fresh air, the clouds, the flowers that I could touch. I felt so refreshed." -- Kanga


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Hagar USA, which supports the work of Hagar International

Location: Charlotte, NC - USA
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Project Leader:
Catherine Sherrod
Director of Development
Eau Claire, WI United States

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