Hagar International was established in 1994 to respond to extreme rates of domestic and community violence in post conflict Cambodia.
Emerging from civil war and genocide, Cambodia suffers deep intergenerational trauma and has one of the world’s highest rates of slavery after North Korea and Uzbekistan. Domestic and gender based violence rates are so prevalent that 20 percent of women said their first sexual experience was assault. It is exactly these people that Hagar is called to serve.

Over the years, Hagar’s activities have expanded to meet the needs of communities affected by slavery, human trafficking and abuse, including the establishment of several social enterprises designed to provide particular opportunities to Hagar clients. As a result, in 2006, a Community Learning Centre (CLC) was established in Phnom Penh to deliver catch-up learning for vulnerable children who had missed out on schooling because of their particular circumstances. This was particularly aimed at Hagar clients and their families. Since then, the centre has effectively delivered a specialised catch-up curriculum program in grades 1-6, a nutrition programme and extra coaching for slow learners. Over 2137 needy children have benefited from this life changing program.

Over the past 13 years of operation, the demographic of the students who the school served has changed as Cambodia has developed, and the school has moved away from a focus on Hagar clients who are survivors of slavery, human trafficking and abuse, to children from the general public.
“In late 2018, after a careful review of Hagar’s activities to ensure alignment with Hagar’s core mission and vision, the Hagar International Board decided to close the centre and transition the current students into local primary schools who can now provide these same services, that did not exist 13 years ago when the school was first opened.” said Hagar Cambodia’s Executive Director, Mr Makara Vong.
“I am proud that Hagar has been able to help so many children catch up on their schooling and join the general school population and have the opportunities they deserve. I am also glad that there are now other services in Phnom Pen that can offer this same service to these needy children, that was not available when the CLC was first established. Hagar remains committed to its long term work in Cambodia to ensure all communities are free and healed from the trauma of human trafficking, slavey and abuse.” Mr Vong added.

For further information, please contact Ms Geetha Yoga, or Mr Makara Vong

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By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.

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By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.