Most cases are observable from a distance, reported by church community or reported by family members. We interview each family we rescue on video (on YouTube), where they testify to their condition and how long they were enslaved, including the work they were forced to do and any debts they incurred.
We invested approximately $2.2 million for the rescue and initial support of the first 35,000 individuals and families we freed from slavery. This cost covered our staff expenses in Pakistan and resulted in an average cost of $62 per person saved. We have been able to maintain a high level of efficiency in our operations, with expenses significantly lower than other organizations with similar objectives. One of the main ways we’ve been able to control our costs is by removing the need for housing expenses for the families we rescued. We set up our own internal employment agency, which partners with factories providing fair living-wage jobs. This ensures that the head of the family can start working within a couple of days of their release. We also implemented a “family-to-family” program, in which each released family takes in one newly freed family for 30 days, providing a place to stay while they search for permanent housing. This approach resulted in a 50% cost savings per family rescued. The other cost we incurred were $150 per family per month for food, transportation and temporary safe houses. Our staff (ground team) costs were under $5000 per month including safe house rent.
The victims fall prey to the traps due to a lack of education and poverty.
We provide fair, living-wage jobs and arrange leases for their new accomodations before the “family-to-family” program expires. In addition, we partner with local charities to provide education for the children of families we rescue. This allows them to break the cycle of poverty and sustain their freedom in the long term.
We prioritize rescuing individuals and families from particularly cruel conditions, such as those working in brick kilns where abuse, child labor, sexual assault, and rape of women and girls is prevalent.
We kept detailed records of all of our rescues, expenses, and use of funds. Due to the sensitive nature of our work, only a few key individuals have access to these details until the end of 2022. New leadership implemented a policy of finding ways to publicize all possible records while not risking the individuals we save moving forward.
We actively work to ensure that our efforts align with local laws and cultural norms and that our work is respectful and sensitive to the communities in which we operate. The unfortunate reality is that the practice of slavery and oppression towards religious minorities in the areas we operate have been somewhat tolerated by the powers that be. There is a respectable population of citizens and leadership that are intimidated, turn a blind eye or will accept bribery.
We actively collaborate with other organizations, NGOs, and government agencies that also working to combat slavery and human trafficking in our operation countries, as well as share resources and information to achieve a greater impact and efficient work.
We involve local communities in our efforts by providing education, job opportunities, and training. This empowers them to identify slavery and human trafficking in their communities and to be part of the solution. We also work with community leaders to raise awareness and engage them in our efforts.
There are many ways to support our efforts, including volunteering, making a donation, or raising awareness about the issue of slavery and human trafficking. You can also organize events or fundraising campaigns to support our mission, or become a vocal/regular supporter sharing our social media content.
If you have any resources or relationships that you feel could help us, please use our contact form to reach out.
Our team members are highly qualified and trained individuals who are dedicated to the mission of our organization. They are vetted based on their qualifications and are selected based on their skills and experience relevant to their roles. They also receive ongoing training and professional development opportunities to ensure they are equipped to carry out their roles effectively and ethically.
We also take the safety of our team members as a high priority and have strong connections with local authorities to protect them from any harm. In the case of beatings, injuries or imprisonment of our team members, we have a system in place for the immediate protection and release of our team members. Every rescue is unique, and we adapt our methods and ideas to the specific situation and challenges of each case, to ensure the best outcome possible.
Our organization plans to expand its impact by increasing fundraising efforts and diversifying our sources of funding. We intend to reach out to more individuals who share our mission and who are able to provide financial support, as well as looking into other options such as foundation grants and partnerships with other organizations.
We will be focusing on Networking, Publishing and Marketing our work to reach more individual supporters, and researching to find new potential donors.
We also plan to start a Church/Synagogue/etc Outreach campaign to leverage on religious communities support, and accept and encourage more donated goods and services that could help us on our work.
Additionally, we are researching the option to sell products or services that align with our mission, in order to generate more income for our efforts.
Our goal is to establish a strong, public mission that can reach more people and save more lives, by leveraging the support and resources of individuals, communities and organizations to scale our work.