1,100 Reasons to Celebrate 2012

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Woven through the stories of the 1,100 women and children we were able to assist in 2012 are stories of hope, of recovery, of freedom:
  • 11 emergency foster families joined Hagar to help support women and children with their transition
  • 441 children participated in our education programmes
  • 650 clients received healthcare – including...

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Go With the Strength You Have

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“Lions 10; Christians 0″ commented a friend when contemplating the challenges and losses around me. While my personal situation pales in comparison to the early Christians being fed to the lions for Roman entertainment, it’s been a brutal few months on many levels. At Hagar, confronting evil is an occupational hazard....

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Life in Suspension

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Sometimes, I wonder, at the 10 year mark since our arrival in this country, whether I should be better adjusted. But part of me shouts back, we should never adjust to and accept injustice or exploitation (not here, not anywhere). Today, one of our female staff resigned. An arrangement for...

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Foster Parents Make Lives Whole

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Everyone knows that being a parent isn’t easy. Being a foster parent is usually much harder. Imagine being a foster mother, for a child who has experienced great trauma, in the country of Cambodia. That’s a little window into the lives of some special Cambodian families. In a country where...

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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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