Pierre Tami opens the first Hagar shelter for women and children with the support of a few churches in Singapore – Faith Community Baptist Church, World Revival Prayer Fellowship, St. George’s Church and Toa Payoh Methodist Church – and launched Hagar Cambodia in the nation’s capital, Phnom Penh.
Twenty-three women are employed by Hagar Crafts, earning income as they live at the shelter.
Hagar opens a foster home in Phnom Penh to serve abandoned/orphaned children in small, family-like groups. Through Hagar Catering, women begin learning to cook while living in the Phnom Penh shelter — gaining important skills to help launch them into independence after they leave.
Hagar responds to the lack of services for children with disabilities in Cambodia and opens House of Smiles.
Hagar Singapore was officially setup in February 2004 with Pierre Tami, Lee Chee Khiang, Isaac Low, Robin Lim and Jacob Goh as the Founding Directors. In the same year, the U.S. Department of State recognizes Pierre Tami as one of six worldwide heroes in the fight against modern-day slavery.
Hagar Cambodia establishes an Aftercare Center to serve survivors (ages 4-14) of sexual exploitation and trafficking. Hagar Catering is now a full-scale commercial operation, serving nearly 50,000 meals each month. Hagar USA is established with an all-volunteer board of directors.
Hagar builds a Community Learning Center in Phnom Penh, providing “catch-up” education for children who never before attended school. In attendance are children in Hagar’s programs as well as children from the surrounding community. Hagar International is formed, to begin planning replication of Hagar’s model beyond Cambodia.
Hagar Cambodia establishes its Career Pathways program, a six-month program teaching job-readiness skills, career exploration and vocational training.
Hagar Afghanistan is fully registered with the Afghanistan government as Hagar’s first expansion beyond Cambodia. The first shelter opens in 2009, in Kabul.
Hagar Cambodia establishes pilot program to serve boys who have suffered sexual abuse, the first specific program for boy victims in the country. Hagar Vietnam is launched, serving women from backgrounds of sex trafficking and domestic violence at two shelters in Hanoi.
The US Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons funded a new Hagar program, TIPCAP (Trafficking in Persons Capacity-building in Afghanistan Program). Based in Kabul, TIPCAP brings together multiple NGOs, UN agencies, and ministries of the Afghan government, with the overall goal of elevating the standard of care provided to victims of human trafficking.
Hagar initiated its third partnership with Cambodian government schools, providing education to children with intellectual disabilities in an inclusive setting. Joma Cafe, Hagar Vietnam’s enterprise partner was named ‘Hanoi’s Best.’
A legal and protection team is formed at Hagar Cambodia, to ensure that clients receive the support and attention they need through all phases of the judicial process. Hagar Afghanistan established a new project to address the needs of trafficked boys, an all too often neglected population.