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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Tim Rann Reflects on Hagar Social Enterprise Group

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I joined Hagar a few weeks after the onset of the global financial recession in late-2008.  I was tasked with completing the formation of Hagar Social Enterprise Group (HSEG), a company that would provide strategic and operational support to Hagar’s social enterprises to help them grow and better...

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Justice for Who?

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The perpetrator is followed as he drives a young girl to a seedy hotel room and locks the door. The NGO tracking the known sex offender has already called their police counterparts. An arrest is imminent. But they wait. Not seconds or minutes but a full half hour. Confident that...

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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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