Ending Extreme Poverty Will End Slavery Forever

The cycle of extreme poverty is compounded by the impacts of hunger, thirst, disease, high mortality rates, low literacy rates, and no income to climb out. Generations struggle in the vicious cycle.

One of the most horrific effects of extreme poverty in some villages we work with is slavery. Young girls and boys are sold on promises of a good job, education, a safe home, and the hope that one day the child will return with earnings. These children are instead working long hours doing hard labor, eating scraps, and sleeping in poor conditions. Women are sold into a promise of marriage and a luxurious existence. Children aren’t paid for their hard labor, women don’t get married, and no one brings earnings back to the family … once sold, they don’t come back.

The more apparent this problem became, the more GHNI had to respond to the need. By incorporating slavery prevention lessons into our Transformational Community Development (TCD) curriculum, a movement began to stop this horrific practice. When extreme poverty stops, the perceived need to sell people stops. In fact, by giving villagers a hand up to solve the poverty problem in their village, we can eliminate slavery in the village … and the village over the hill and the one in the adjoining valley. Healing spreads as villagers raise themselves out of extreme poverty.

The pilot village using prevention curriculum is in rural Nepal. In just a few short months, our national GHNI leaders in Nepal have translated the curriculum into the Nepali language and introduced it to the women there. These women are absorbing the teaching like sponges.