Our Campaign Story

ends 31 Dec 2017, 11:59 PM

40 million in modern slavery. 152 million in child labour. Wow! It's easy to get lost in the figures and give up saying it's too big a problem. I'll never make a dent.

But for me, one life is enough to get a move on. Saving that one, making a difference in that one, helping just one survivor put together the fragments and re-envisioning their dream for their family, village, community, their nation, their people - that is the ripple wave effect that I see in every individual who stands up again.

For the woman who sees me as her friend in Singapore and calls me whenever she needs help. Tamara was tricked into a job that demanded grueling hours, starved, put up in a shabby decrepit residence and beaten if she did not comply. All I can do when we meet is find out how things are at home and how her family is doing. She bites back her lip and works hard to earn money to send back for her children's education fees and despite the hardship, she is able to laugh and trust people like me.

HAGAR helps women like Tamara, doing whatever it takes to empower them to live healed and whole lives. And I want to see Tamara go back home a renewed woman full of hope and ready to achieve her dreams.

In plain sight, look out for the signs of slavery and trafficking in your neighbourhood and alert your local authorities - you could be their only chance for an escape!

I will be running to raise awareness of modern day slavery. And at the same time, I hope to raise $7,000. Thank you for giving!

About Campaign

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.

About The Charity

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.

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