Our Campaign Storyends 10 Dec 2016, 11:59 PM
I am no marathoner, in fact, running is not my kind of sport because of my chronic asthma. The only sport I do is swimming as it helps to improve my lung condition.
So, I'm approaching the Angkor Wat International Half-Marathon with some fear and trepidation. I have signed up for the 10km race, and are pushing myself to run at least half the distance, and walk the rest of it, as an expression of my commitment to journey with trafficked and abused survivors till they find complete restoration. ALL donations received from this fundraising campaign will go towards Hagar's recovery and economic empowerment programmes to help these survivors recover, realise their innate potential and achieve their dreams for the future.
I have come to know some of the survivors that Hagar helps, at a personal level. Many of them have undergone horrifying and grotesque abuse. One can hardly imagine why any human would destroy another person's life in this way! Trafficking happens all over the world, and it is also happening right here in Singapore.
I've never done a marathon before and I'm hoping that it pays off with your support. I want to challenge my own physical limitations together with these amazing survivors who will be running with me and others in this marathon! I have set for myself a fundraising target of $10K; a dollar for every 1m distance covered. Please give generously, your donation will go a long way in helping to rebuild their lives and restore their dignity. Thank you!
Show your support for survivors of trafficking as they overcome their physical and mental limits in the Angkor Wat Marathon on December 4, 2016.
Women and children who have undergone severe extreme human rights abuse often grapple with a damaged self-esteem, and lack confidence. Some carry with them scars on their physical body throughout their lifetime. Express your encouragement by donating to their Run for Freedom! Your donation will help them recover and achieve their dreams for the future.
In Singapore, Hagar has been running a trauma recovery and resettlement programme for girls who are trafficked here for sexual and labour exploitation. Singapore is a transit and destination hub for trafficking activities. Unscrupulous employers target those who are looking for employment opportunities and their lack of knowledge to trick them into our country. Upon being rescued, Hagar assists them by providing them with legal protection, trauma recovery, education and vocational training. The final step is helping them reintegrate back to their local community and minimising any 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. Hagar staff and supporters around the world will be joining these survivors in this remarkable run. We are forming a Hagar Singapore contingent, and if you wish to join us, visit our website today.
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.