Our Campaign Story

ends 31 Dec 2017, 11:59 PM

We read about freedom, dream about freedom, rejoice in the notion of freedom, teach, advocate, and hope for freedom, but what do we mean?

Freedom means many things to many people. We can view freedom financially, politically (i.e. ideas, people, views), and/or in health.

To some, freedom means being 'free to do whatever I want.' Taken literally, that approach would produce anarchy. Every man, woman, and child for himself or herself. Your actions would impact others - either for good or for harm.

What about people whose lives are taken for granted, devalued, and even trafficked? Every life is precious, and it has the opportunity to reach the potential and realise the dreams.

There are more people living in slavery right now than there have ever been in recorded history.

Human trafficking affects every country in the world, and Singapore is not spared.

With a booming economy, Singapore is a destination country for traffickers who exploit men, women and girls from Asian countries for sex trafficking and labour exploitation.

Viewed as a land of opportunity, many are eager to seek employment in Singapore and readily accept offers from recruiters who promise well-paying jobs.

Would you join us in raising awareness, fund and restore these lives?

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.

SUPPORTED CAUSES
Children & Youth
Education
Families
Women & Girls