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Enslaved through tragedy. Redeemed by love.
Bonded-labor slavery is the world’s most common form of slavery. It generally happens when a medical emergency forces someone to take a loan on the condition that they work for the lender to pay back the loan. They then find that the interest rate ensures that repayment is virtually impossible, and the person and their family becomes trapped and exploited. Global reviews of modern slavery estimate that half of the 25 million bonded-labor slaves are children. Slavery is a complex crisis, which needs responses on many levels. At freeslaves.org, we work at the grassroots to pay the debts of bonded-labor slaves and restore them a life of freedom and economic security. Why do we do it? We believe that all people are designed for love, and that in order to truly love, we need to be free. It’s that simple.
Freeslaves.org is a project run by Acacia Projects, a New Zealand-based registered charity (#54139) and partner of the Alliance 8.7 global intiative against slavery.
Our five areas of focus are:
Redemption – Empowerment – Education – Community – Spiritual Development
When you can’t afford to pay the medical costs of a loved one, what do you do?
In Pakistan, when the poorest people have a medical emergency, they sell everything they have to pay for medical care. When that is not enough, they take a loan from the brick-kiln owners and agree to pay off the loan by working at the kiln. Quickly they find that they are unable to earn enough to cover their expenses and loan-interest. So they remain trapped, working 14 hours a day, seven days a week for the rest of their lives. Find out more about bonded-labor slavery.
At freeslaves.org, we redeem these families by paying the debt they owe to the kiln owners. The average cost to free a person is $200. We arrange accommodation and work, and we provide the family with food and finance to get started in their new life. This process of redemption ensures a fresh and safe start to life for our families, free from the stress of bonded debt and the fear of retaliation. This is ALL possible because of people like you. Even small donations add up to make a big difference. Please join us and experience the joy of setting a family free.
people freed in 2019
Children of enslaved families rarely have access to an education. Many are born in the kilns and know of no other world than the clay and bricks of the kiln. As part of our support for bonded-labor families, we run six schools in four towns and villages, educating enslaved or very poor children. There is no shortage of need, and it is an incredible gift for parents in slavery to see their children educated and given the hope of a future.
Want to help? Get in on the action and sponsor some education. We need people like you to help to keep this going! Even small monthly donations combine to make a big difference.
students in education
Before we set a family free, the Freeslaves team works with local communities to find jobs for enslaved families. If we cannot source a job then we give families a grant to start their own business. The average grant is around $300. We have created or placed people in work in many different areas, including sewing and textiles, chicken-farming, vegetable selling, transportation, labouring, factories, industry, and market gardening.
families in work in 2019
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