4.5 million people live in bonded slavery in Pakistan.

Will you free one today?

Send help nowLearn about brick kiln slavery

4.5 million people live in bonded slavery in Pakistan.

Will you free one today?

Send help nowLearn about brick kiln slavery

RAM is on a mission to end the cycle of injustice and poverty.

Every day, religious minorities in Pakistan face persecution because of their religion. As a result of severe poverty, they are often forced into generational slavery where children cannot go to school, and the cycle continues.

What We Address

A man helps guide a donkey pulling a cart loaded with cement bags. A green field and blue sky is in the background.
SYSTEMIC DISCRIMINATION

Religious minorities are frequently tortured and detained arbitrarily by police or employers without access to legal recourse.

Four women in pink, red, yellow, and black shawls listen to a vocational training talk.

ABUSE OF WOMEN

Minorities girls are forced to convert and marry older men under duress. In brick kilns, women are sexually harassed, beaten, and abused.

A girl with pigtails in a blue shirt smiles at something off camera, a girl with a shawl in the foreground smiles at the camera.

LACK OF EDUCATION

Children born into brick kiln slavery cannot go to school, compounding the cycle of poverty. Minorities also face discrimination in schools.

Two children stand at brick kiln, one with a basket of clay on her head

BRICK KILN SLAVERY

Due to extreme poverty entire families have to sell themselves into debt bondage to pay for medical bills or a wedding.

A man helps guide a donkey pulling a cart loaded with cement bags. A green field and blue sky is in the background.
SYSTEMIC DISCRIMINATION

Religious minorities are frequently tortured and detained arbitrarily by police or employers without access to legal recourse.

A man helps guide a donkey pulling a cart loaded with cement bags. A green field and blue sky is in the background.

ABUSE OF WOMEN

Minorities girls are forced to convert and marry under duress. In brick kilns, women are sexually harassed, beaten, and abused.

A man helps guide a donkey pulling a cart loaded with cement bags. A green field and blue sky is in the background.

EDUCATION

Children born into brick kiln slavery cannot go to school, compounding the cycle of poverty. Minorities also face discrimination in schools.

A man helps guide a donkey pulling a cart loaded with cement bags. A green field and blue sky is in the background.

BRICK KILN SLAVERY

Due to extreme poverty entire families have to sell themselves into debt bondage to pay for medical bills or a wedding.

We fight the cycle of poverty by providing freedom, medical care, education and vocational training, and legal representation.

With medical care, fewer families take out loans. With education, more employment opportunities means less poverty. With legal representation, fewer minorities die from torture and abuse. 

SUCCESS STORIES

Fatima’s Rescue

Fatima’s Rescue

Fatima was a 55-year old woman working in a brick factory in Lalyani, one hour south of Islamabad. She was brutally tortured by the brick factory owner because she refused to work on a day she felt...

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Qaiser & Nadeem’s rescue

Qaiser & Nadeem’s rescue

Twin brothers Qaiser and Nadeem were sold into slavery to a feudal lord when they were five-years-old by their parents to pay for the wedding of their daughter. In Pakistan, parents absolutely must...

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Farzana’s RESCUE

Farzana’s RESCUE

Farzana and Babar were a young Christian couple with two children, Sharon and Fariha, who worked in a brick kiln. RAM came to meet Farzana when she attended a vocational training workship hosted by...

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COVID-19 Response

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Pakistani religious minorities and brick kiln workers especially hard. Continued lockdowns, lack of work, and soaring food prices are crippling those already in severe poverty. In addition to RAM’s advocacy for these oppressed people groups, RAM Foundation has provided 975 food and hygiene kits to families in need. 

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