The Lighthouse, Hagar’s Transitional Care Centre in Afghanistan, is a wholistic support programme for women and children who have been victims of gender-based violence or other human rights abuses. It is for women and children who cannot go home because the threat of violence, exploitation and even death is very real.

The centre is a place of refuge. With a big garden and big windows, plenty of natural light floods in. It is in this space that women and children begin their journeys towards wholeness. Here, each client is taken care of. From the simplest things like meals and clean sheets – to complex ones like post-trauma counseling, education and literacy, and accessing legal representation and health care.

The centre helps women and children transition from being victims of abuse to becoming resilient and active members of society. The centre gives each woman voice.

Women like Aziza have found freedom, safety and new life at the Lighthouse. Read her story here.