Where We Work
Hagar exists in Cambodia, Vietnam, Afghanistan and more recently Myanmar. Hagar focuses on providing aftercare and systemic change in these countries due to the significant human rights abuses of women and children.
Cambodia is recovering from decades of war that claimed the lives of nearly 2 million people. The Khmer Rouge devastated all aspects of Cambodia’s economy and society. Despite rapid economic growth in recent years, Cambodia remains one of the poorest countries in the Asian region with 28.3% of the population living below the poverty line of $1.25 a day.Cambodia is plagued with long term development barriers including gender inequality, which impacts the development opportunities of women and children. More than 50% of the Cambodian population is younger than 21 years old, which has led to high unemployment and many youth are forced to pursue dangerous and exploitative work to support themselves and their families. As a result, human trafficking remains a serious issue in the region with Cambodia being a source, transit and destination country for labor and sex trafficking.Hagar began working in Cambodia in 1994, providing services to destitute women and their children. Hagar provides much needed social services to survivors of trafficking and human rights abuses including: residential care, medical and psychosocial treatment, legal services and education and training to women and children who have suffered violence, exploitation and injustice.
It is believed that as many as 400,000 Vietnamese women and children have been trafficked.
Vietnam has experienced significant economic growth and recovery since the Vietnam War. However, women and children often bear the brunt of both Vietnam’s rapid growth through exploitative working conditions and enforced cultural traditions. Human trafficking and domestic violence continue to be prevalent issues and the lack of services for victims in the area is severe.
Following its establishment in 2009, Hagar has taken a capacity building approach, working alongside government partners including the Women’s Union and other organizations in order to achieve its fundamental goal of supporting survivors who have undergone human trafficking and gender-based violence. Hagar provides long-term and individualized support for traumatized and abused women in Vietnam through personal development workshops, art therapy and provision of case management services.
One in three women and girls in Afghanistan experience physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
Home to more than 31 million people, Afghanistan remains the least developed country in Asia and one of the poorest globally. Devastated by long-term conflict and occupation, Afghanistan is plagued by symptoms of severe poverty and war, with high maternal mortality, lack of infrastructure for fresh drinking waster, unstable and corrupted governance systems and widespread human rights abuses. Unfortunately, Afghanistan remains one of the world’s most dangerous places to be a woman or child.
Hagar’s work in Afghanistan launched in 2008 in response to the significant violence and human rights violations against women and children. Hagar has become an effective humanitarian leader in case management and systemic change within Afghanistan. Through Hagar’s Transitional Care model, there is no set time limit for recovery and reintegration. To ensure success, Hagar has established formal and informal partnerships, to expand its referral network and to encourage the support of the local community. Hagar continues to build integrated programs that provide a holistic approach to facilitate healing and restoration, access to justice, economic empowerment and independence for survivors of human rights’ abuse.
Myanmar is identified as being amongst the world’s least developed countries and its primarily rural based population is considered among the poorest on a global scale. Hagar is currently in the planning and implementation stages of entering Myanmar in order to grapple with the broad range of social and humanitarian protection needs that inevitably exist within the social framework of the state.
Hagar’s objective is to provide holistic recovery programs for vulnerable social groups including: former child soldiers, children working in hazardous conditions, internally displaced people and survivors of gender-based violence. Hagar proposes to successfully reintegrate these clients through resettlement, recovery and residential care.