"LET MY PEOPLE GO" - REF 290-1
Sonya* is a Christian in Pakistan. She and her husband have 5 children. Because of their faith, they are treated as third-class citizens and finding work is difficult. They have no choice but to enslave themselves to the brick kiln industry where they wake up before sunrise every day to knead soil and water into dough, making bricks. If they fail to meet a quota, their wages are reduced. If they pass away, the wages will fall on their children. Sadly, their daughters were subject to significant sexual abuse and exploitation by the supervisors at the kilns. Their youngest daughter passed away as a result, and the father followed a few days later due to the weight of grief. Sonya is now left to look after her remaining children alone.
*Name changed for security reasons.
This family was rescued through Philoi’s partners. Their debt was paid, and they have been able to relocate to a safer location. We desire to further equip ex-brick kiln families/individuals to be able to thrive in Pakistan through livelihood projects and long-term recovery. There are many families in painfully similar situations who are desperately needing help in attaining freedom from slavery.
The average cost to set a family free from slavery is $4000 AUD. Would you consider rescuing a family in similar circumstances?