About Us

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.

Our Programmes

HAGAR uses a holistic, individualised, and long-term approach that addresses the unique and complex needs of each survivor that enters our care. Through the following critical care services below, HAGAR facilitates life-changing transformation for survivors.

PROTECTION
HAGAR provides access to safe accommodation and engages lawyers to provide pro bono services to help survivors know their rights and to help them in their preparation for court proceedings where they may have to recollect their traumatic experiences and face the perpetrators.

RECOVERY
With specialised training, our counsellors and social workers provide essential trauma-informed counselling, psychological and creative art therapies to help survivors walk out of their darkness and restore their self-esteem.

EDUCATION & ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
Putting the child back in school is extremely important to their recovery process. We give them an education or put those who have missed their schooling years through an accelerated learning programme. Older children and adults will undergo vocational training and job placements to gain sustainable employment.

REINTEGRATION
Hagar ensures that each survivor is properly reintegrated with their family, loving foster families, or placed in safe accommodation so that they are not subjected to the same abusive conditions.

SOCIETAL CHANGE
Through advocacy, partnerships with local governments and the civil society, Hagar influences positive systemic change.
SUPPORTED CAUSES
  • Children & Youth
  • Education
  • Families
  • Women & Girls
CONTACT US

Michael Chiam

Hagar Singapore Ltd

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