Rany Becomes Independent

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Before my life was the toughest condition. My problems kept me down. But now I can raise my face to see this big world. My name is Rany. I am in third year of university in Cambodia, studying to become a social worker. My dream is to help poor...

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Polnath’s Story

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Nath was one of the first women who came to Hagar in Cambodia seeking refuge. Her husband, an alcoholic, often beat and abused her. They wandered the streets homeless. That’s where Nath gave birth to her daughter. But when her husband died suddently, Nath was completely destitute and alone....

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Channa’s Journey Forward

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My name is Channa*. I am 20 years-old and I will graduate from High School in three months. Before I came to Hagar, I was hopeless.   My parents divorced when my mom was two months pregnant with me. I grew up in Cambodia’s Kandal province with my mother and my...

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Letting Go of Shame

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This is Neth's story and there are many more like him. With your help, we can help more boys like Neth, who have survived the greatest of exploitation, to become whole again. There is a shame that does not go away. The shame of being taunted and teased for my disability,...

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Be Loved, Be Free

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Veata, a young 17 year old dreamed of a different future, to be able to provide for herself and her family. That is why she signed on with a Malaysian employment agency for domestic workers. She flew to Malaysia to start her new life but her dreams were smashed when...

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Becoming Human Again

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My friends and family used to call me energetic.   Happy go-lucky.   But my first husband beat the life out of me. I was 13.   He could have been my grandfather. He sold me when he got tired of me. Like a cow. Or a camel. After raping me, the next man sold...

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A Whole New Future for Sarom

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Sarom is in her mid-40s and has found new life and freedom at Hagar, despite her abusive marriage in the past.   Living in a rental apartment with her children near Hagar's women's shelter, Sarom works as a housekeeper and cleaner for Hagar.   With her monthly income, she is able to support...

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My Real Value

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Money is more important than me. We are a very poor family and we barely have enough food to eat. We work on other people's farm to survive. After work, my parents drink alcohol and beat us repeatedly. We never feel love from them. I do not know what 'school' is since...

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