Hagar’s programmes in Afghanistan are implemented and evaluated based on their effectiveness and impact in protecting, restoring, and empowering individual women and children. Hagar respects the right of each individual to their own religious beliefs and in accordance with the Law in Afghanistan, does not engage in proselytising.
History in Afghanistan
In May 2008, Hagar Afghanistan was established as Hagar International’s first step outside Cambodia. Three months later, Hagar Afghanistan was fully registered with the government. Next steps included assembling a small staff, assessing gaps in services, and identifying potential partnerships.
Through a partnership with IOM (International Organization for Migration), Hagar established much-needed shelter services for women and children who were trafficked, abused, and/or sexually exploited. Mothers fleeing abuse arrived with their children. Even more children arrived unaccompained, having been abandoned, abused, or trafficked.
In early 2010, Hagar Afghanistan launched a Trafficking in Persons Capacity-Building in Afghanistnan Project (TIPCAP). By building a coalition of partners from Government Ministries, UN Agencies, and local and international NGO’s, Hagar Afghanistan is raising the standard of care for victims of trafficking and other human rights abuses by examining case studies, identifying gaps in services and addressing key learning needs.
In 2012, Hagar opened the Lighthouse, a Transitional Care Centre for women and children who cannot go home due to threat of violence, abuse, and exploitation.
As is the case in every country where Hagar works, staff members are guided by the biblical story of Hagar, asking, “Who has been cast out? Who is without hope? Whose cries are not being heard?” There are many, many Hagars in Afghanistan.