What is bonded labour?
Bonded labour is a form of modern-day slavery where people living in poverty, with few opportunities for work, are forced, or tricked, into taking up extremely low paid jobs and loans from those they work for, in order to survive. Most, or all, of their pay then goes towards paying off these debts, which carry with them high levels of interest, making it impossible for them to leave. Those who do try to flee often face violence or intimidation. With no access to education, high levels of illiteracy and no alternative, families are left enslaved by the deep-rooted bonded labour system. Often these debts then pass from one generation to the next, leaving children to repay the family debt.
- 20 families (111 people) helped to come out of debt bondage.
- 13 house churches formed by households in the two brick kilns.
- Six children started to attend school (plus 11 are planning to when they are old enough).
- All 20 families are now practising some sort of income generating activities.
Today we are inviting you to be part of the exciting next phase - to implement a Community Development Programme across two receptive brick kilns in Pakistan over the next two years, impacting 40 families.
By donating today, with a one-off gift or a monthly commitment, you will help to bring freedom to modern-day slaves in Pakistan.
How will your support help change lives?
• Families in the brick kiln communities will experience debt reduction.
• Families will have alternative and added sources of income.
• Adult & child literacy levels will increase. Children will register for school.
• Families will be aware of their legal rights.
• Health conditions for families in the brick kilns will improve.
• Christian brick kiln communities will be developed.
• House churches will be formed by households in each kiln.
• Growing and vibrant Christian faith & discipleship in the communities.
Other Ways You Can Help
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