History of Cambodia
Hagar Cambodia is where it all began. In 1994, Hagar’s first shelter opened its doors to exploited, abused and rejected women and their children. The country was still at war and suffering from decades of civil conflict and genocide.
Women and children were often the victims.
Cambodia is now at peace but multiple factors, including low levels of literacy, entrenched cultural and societal norms, a weak judicial context and extreme poverty, all contribute to an environment where women and children are trafficked, abused, exploited and abandoned.
Over the past 18 years, Hagar has worked with the modern day “Hagars” and “Ishmaels” of Cambodia – often through innovative and creative programmes and businesses.
Our long term, individualized services restore women and children who have been victims of human rights abuse to life in all its fullness through quality, holistic social programs and social business.