The Impact of One

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I am here because of one girl. Sokha was 16 and she was dying of aids. She had been sold at 11 by her mother and had worked in a brothel for a number of years until she was too sick and was kicked out. Today I can still see her face....

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Celebrating Freedom

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Very often our clients have victories – but they are small. A step here. A stride there. But we celebrate them just the same. Because the journey of recovery is a long, difficult one. And each step deserves celebration. But this week I watched, via a blurry Skype video connection, as...

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Finding Family and Community in Cambodia

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Most children who come to Hagar’s recovery programs have experienced one or more traumatic events which can have long-lasting effects and disrupt normal emotional, cognitive, physical, behavioural and social development. It is crucial that foster families know how to identify the symptoms of trauma’s long term effects and how to care...

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A Bright Spot

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In the midst of completing a case study on the evolution of Hagar’s social enterprise model, Hagar posted a new story about Huyen, one of my former employees at Joma Bakery Cafe. The inspiring update was timely, as my case study is largely an honest account of...

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When the hard way is the only way to learn: the journey of Hagar’s social enterprises Part 1

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Social enterprise is the new black: it is the buzz word around the community welfare and development sectors. As with microfinance twenty years ago, social enterprise is being hailed as an (or even “the”) answer to social problems that combines the best of the market economy and business disciplines with...

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Reaffirming the Rights of all Children to Life with Dignity

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On December 6, Hagar’s Support for Children of Incarcerated Parents (SCIP) project formally launched. Sarah Bearup, Hagar Cambodia Country Director, shared the following speech. Learn more about the SCIP project and how you can support it. Tonight is an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to fundamental human rights, and...

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Tim Rann Reflects on Hagar Social Enterprise Group – Part 2

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I joined Hagar a few weeks after the onset of the global financial recession in late-2008.  I was tasked with completing the formation of Hagar Social Enterprise Group (HSEG), a company that would provide strategic and operational support to Hagar’s social enterprises to help them grow and better accomplish...

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Justice for Who?

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The perpetrator is followed as he drives a young girl to a seedy hotel room and locks the door. The NGO tracking the known sex offender has already called their police counterparts. An arrest is imminent. But they wait. Not seconds or minutes but a full half hour. Confident that...

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Why I love Hagar's Daycare

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Every morning it takes me a good 10 minutes to toddle along with my one-and-a-half-year-old daughter to daycare. And that’s just from the moment we reach the gate at Hagar’s facility. After an exchange of copious ‘Jumripsuas’ (a common greeting in Cambodia) and high fives between my daughter and the...

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Afghanistan’s Neglected Boys

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Everyone knows that Afghanistan is one of world’s worst places to be female. Low literacy rates. High maternal death rates. Large numbers of women across the country live in fear of violence, every day. But what about boys? Fewer people realize that Afghanistan is one place in the world where boys...

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