Empowering Women through Slavery Prevention

The reality of poverty doesn’t just mean hunger, young mortality rates, and illiteracy. The reality of poverty means vulnerability to slavery. Cloaked by India, the world’s capital of slavery today with over 14 million slaves, Bangladesh is home to nearly 47 million impoverished rural villagers, who face many of the same challenges as their Indian counterparts—a struggling economy, political and religious tensions, and vulnerability to slavery.

Though near a big city, *Champion Village, Bangladesh, is undeveloped and its people live in extreme poverty. Of the 1,500 residents (700 male, 800 female), only 40% of males and 30% of females are educated. Most of the villagers are farmers, though some find work in the garment factory in the city.

In 2014, Champion villagers invited GHNI to help them take steps to overcome their poverty. After putting in a bore well as a preliminary seed project, they were confident that Transformational Community Development (TCD) was the passport to a more prosperous life. Early this year, TCD workers began a full-fledged TCD program, including GHNI’s Slavery Prevention curriculum, in Champion.

Not only will transformation in this village lead to higher literacy rates for boys and girls, better income generation for their families, and healthier children, it will also reduce the risks of slavery.

You can join these Bangladeshi villagers in the journey toward transformation! Go to AddressSlavery.org to buy or donate high-quality, gently-used garments or accessories. All proceeds go to funding Slavery Prevention in areas like Champion Village, Bangladesh.

*For purposes of security and well-being, "Champion" is a pseudonym of the village being helped by this project.