Your class or school can provide ‘Catch-up School’ for children from backgrounds of abuse and human trafficking. With your class or school’s support, girls like Maly can become whole again:


Sold into a brothel by her own mother, Maly was rescued at age 13.  Even before she was trafficked, Maly had never attended school. She arrived at Hagar with tremendous emotional, educational, and spiritual needs. Now, she has caught up to her grade level, excels in school, and she dreams of attending college to be a counselor. She says, ‘I want to help children like me.’

Education transforms lives, dreams, and futures. A $900 scholarship from your class or school can break the cycle of poverty and abuse.

When you join the Freedom Scholarship campaign, you commit to raise $900 which provides tuition, uniform, and transportation for one child in Hagar’s Catch Up school (called the Community Learning Centre).

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Determine your plan. Hold a benefit concert, organise a recycling project or walk/run, if a class of 30 students give $2.50 a month each, it supports a child for a whole year. Here’s a list of ideas.
  2. Register your event/project with Hagar – Decide what event or project you would like to organise, and Hagar will assist you.
  3. Invite Hagar to share during school assembly programme.
  4. Stay engaged by liking us on Facebook and following us on Instagram.

Education transforms lives, dreams, and futures. When you and your school supports a child, you help end human trafficking and exploitation of children and women around the world.

Hagar pursues the highest degree of care and protection for its clients; names have been changed and images do not necessarily reflect the individual profiled.

Here are some frequently asked questions:

Will we get to know exactly what child (or children) we have supported? Hagar pursues the highest degree of care and protection for its clients; names have been changed and images do not necessarily reflect the individual profiled. Due to the sensitive backgrounds of the children and women Hagar serves, our client protection policies don’t allow us to share the child or women real identity. For the same reason, we can’t reveal the names, photos, or stories of the children your cell or fellowship group supports.

How will we know that we are making a difference? Although we can’t share updates on a specific child, we will share stories, updates, and photos that protect the identities of real children in Hagar’s care. We’ll send you quarterly updates on children’s progress and school activities.

Can we be on Hagar’s Mailing List? We encourage you, your friends and all members of your cell to sign up for Hagar’s Monthly Mailing List. Join Hagar’s Mailing List

Once children catch up in school, how do they continue their education? After reaching the age appropriate grade, all children are integrated into mainstream Cambodian schools. We promise to support each child to as high an educational level that he/she wants to pursue. Some youth are now attending university, including medical school. According to Hagar Cambodia Manager Sue Hanna, “I firmly believe that these young people who have healed from their trauma are now poised to make change in their country. There is empathy that we see developing. More and more, we hear them say, ‘I want to help people like me.'”