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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Solar Stoves in Afghanistan

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Starlight is a social business in Afghanistan that began in 2008. Capitalizing on the country’s 300 or so days a year of bright sunshine, the enterprise produces solar-powered stoves which provide a cost-efficient, locally-produced and healthy method of cooking. Additionally, Starlight provides training and employment opportunities for...

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The Hard Truth About Recovery

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The accusation is trafficking, the venue is a Cambodian court, the accused is a Hagar leader. At stake is the custody of a child who needs to stay safe and anonymous. How did it happen? Because, sometimes when a child is a key witness in a trial and the...

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Poverty is Not The Issue

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"Why was she trafficked?" "Because she came from a poor village...." This kind of language seems ubiquitous in the rising conversation about trafficking around the world.  Somehow its becoming acceptable to blame trafficking on poverty and label poverty reduction programmes as prevention measures. I am not a technical expert with a trail of...

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