Broken But Not Destroyed
Our Campaign Storyends 20 Nov 2017, 11:59 PM
This is the 2nd year I'm doing the Run For Freedom with HAGAR. I managed to finish the 10km race last year though I almost collapsed during the final 50m. So, why am I pushing myself to do this again since my body's not really up to it?
I met Rithy in August and that changed my life.
Rithy started receiving help from HAGAR when he was 11 years old. Before that, he was living in the streets of Phnom Penh and led a horrifying life of abuse and drugs. He has never seen his father. His mother did not love him and tried to kill him. When his grandpa, the only person then whom loved him died, Rithy lost all hope.
Rithy grew up hating himself and everyone around him. He hated HAGAR too when he first came under their care. But because of the patient, unconditional love and dedication from HAGAR's staff and volunteers, Rithy finally began his journey of recovery, and slowly regained his self-worth and purpose for living. He studied hard because he wanted to help his own people in his country when he grows up.
Today, Rithy is a medical doctor and gives free medical aid to people living in the slums.
I asked myself - is there something I can do to enable HAGAR to help more people like Rithy, rebuild their lives and give them hope?
Hence, I'm joining the Run For Freedom 2017 and fundraising for the cause. I'll be running with other HAGAR beneficiaries who have survived extreme abuse like Rithy, and hope you can join me to bring tangible help with your donation. Thank you!
Our 2nd Run For Freedom, HAGAR will be running at the Angkor Wat Half Marathon on December 3, 2017 to express our solidarity for women and children who have suffered extreme human rights abuses.
For them, the race to recovery is a daily challenge as they grapple with the memories of the trauma. Your donation will send a strong message of hope and encouragement to continue persevering, and also provide tangible help to enable them to start their life anew.
In Singapore, HAGAR has been running a trauma recovery and resettlement programme for girls trafficked into the country for sexual and labour exploitation. A popular transit and destination hub for trafficking activities, false job offers are used to trick them across the borders. Upon being rescued, HAGAR assists them by providing a range of services from legal protection, trauma recovery, education, vocational training and finally helping them to reintegrate back to their local community and enhancing their abilities to combat re-exploitation.
A registered charity in Singapore, HAGAR is an international organisation operating in 10 countries worldwide to raise public awareness on human rights and tangible support for survivors. The Singapore contingent for this run will include staff and supporters. If you are looking to do a run overseas, join us and supporters from other HAGAR offices to make a difference in the lives of women and child survivors! Details available at our HAGAR Singapore website.
Hagar is an international NGO committed to the recovery and economic empowerment of women and children who are survivors of extreme human rights abuse, particularly in the area of human trafficking, gender-based violence, and sexual exploitation.
We are in 10 countries worldwide. For women and girls, the threat of sexual exploitation and abuse is grave, and 10% of these clients have intellectual disabilities. Hagar receives into our care those who have suffered the worst of human conditions and many are referred to Hagar by the local government and non-governmental organisations in the country. We walk the whole journey with each individual, ensuring holistic healing, legal and physical protection, social rehabilitation, education and economic empowerment for eventual reintegration into society.
In Singapore, we provide legal aid, trauma recovery services, and skills training for girls trafficked to Singapore for sexual exploitation. Further to that, Hagar also assists by coordinating their return to their home country and resettle them in their communities upon conclusion of their court hearings in Singapore.
The ultimate goal is to help each of these trafficked and abused survivors get over their painful past, realise their innate potential and put them on the path of self-sustainability where they will be able to help themselves in the long run. Our purpose is singular. We do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to restore a broken life.