Vatey’s Story

Hagar International. Foster Family. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. November 08, 2017. Photo/Jeff Holt
Vatey was born into a family of fishermen and women. When she was young, her parents would leave her and her siblings at night and head out to sea in search of seafood to sell. While they worked regularly, their income was unstable and largely dependent on what they caught....

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Khatera’s Story


This story is largely told in Khatera’s own words. Her husband was very violent with her and with their 18-year old daughter, regularly sexually abusing her. The daughter shared this with her mother, but when Khatera tried to confront her husband, he would only grow angry and violent towards her....

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Foster Parents Sok and King’s Story

Hagar’s community-based care program allows for clients to safely reside in their own community, with their family, in a foster home, or independently. This approach enables clients to remain better connected to their communities and promotes greater resiliency, higher levels of independence, and stronger safety networks. This story comes from...

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Oanh’s Story


Oanh, a 31-year-old young lady comes from a poor family from a mountainous area. She is the only one in the family born with disabilities. She is hunch-backed and blind in one eye. Her childhood was full of tears and fear from being badly treated by her mother and brother...

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Ryma’s Story


Ryma owns one of the most popular hair and beauty salons in town. Although it’s a new venture, Ryma is full of hope for how it will provide for her in the future. She didn't have that sense of hope when she first came to Hagar.

Ryma grew up in a...

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Monessa’s Story


My father used to abuse me. It began when I was 8, and I didn’t know he was not my real father. Coming from school and being alone with my abuser was worse than seeing my own grave.


That was not the worst. The worst was when he threatened me to...

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Hau’s Story


A year ago, Hagar Vietnam received an emergency call in the middle of the night. It was from Hau, a 37 year old woman who had woken up to her drunk husband turning their house upside down. Hau feared for her life, he was violent and unpredictable. When her husband...

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Zaher’s Story


“One day, I will be back with my family again. I’ll be an engineer and serve my people. I will improve my family’s situation when I am a man.” Zaher, 11 year old boy, at the Forgotten No More project

Zaher grew up in Kabul with his parents, two sisters and...

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Nhi’s Story

Nhi is a proud mother of two. Her journey has not been easy, but she is tenacious, resilient, and a fast learner. In January of 2016, Nhi’s husband, a man who she loved, sexually abused their two young children. This was the breaking point for Nhi - after years of...

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Navi’s Story

    Navi grew up in a province about two and a half hours away from Phnom Penh with her mother, stepfather, and two half-sisters. Her stepfather married her mother when she was three years old. He’s the only father Navi has ever known and Navi has never felt any different from...

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