Maryam’s Story

Maryam’s Story

Maryam, 20, faced a long and arduous road before coming to Hagar. Her mother, alone and homeless and then a refugee in Iran, died giving birth to Maryam. She was then adopted by an aunt and uncle. She never felt safe or relaxed at her new home and when she was only...
Heroic Hope

Heroic Hope

When I think of the word “Hope” I am reminded of the season in my life many years ago in which I felt hopeless, full of wandering, and struggling to find what I needed. It was during that time in the desert that I discovered faith and embarked on a new path toward...
Speak Out. Be Aware.

Speak Out. Be Aware.

After working as a social worker in the fields of mental health and child welfare for 20 years, and most recently with Hagar Cambodia, I recognize that a staggering number of individuals in the USA and globally suffer violence at the hands of their intimate partners....
We Have to do Our Part

We Have to do Our Part

Two weeks ago I was startled awake from a nightmare in which I had been in a room where adults were buying dozens of children like they were every day commodities. Many races, nationalities and ethnicities were represented among the traffickers and those being...
Hagar’s Birthday Reflections

Hagar’s Birthday Reflections

In the next month Hagar will celebrate our 24th birthday, a remarkable feat in the world of international development. I am proud to have celebrated the past 4 of those with Hagar, both in Cambodia and in the USA. You may be asking “What has sustained the organization...