“From Slavery to Freedom
From making bricks to making dresses”.
In winter of 2020-2021 I met SANA in a brick yard where she had been born 20 years earlier. Like generations of minority girls before her, she would have grown old doing nothing with her life but making two to three million bricks. I asked what her dream was..
I asked Sana what she dreamed of doing if she was free through interpreter and friend Shaffaf Masih. She pondered a few seconds while her eyes looked straight ahead to the horizon of dozens of rows of bricks, the lifetime ‘accomplishments’ of her Grandfather’s and Uncle’s large family, that also put her mother in the brick yard grave. A day of rain could ruin the clay bricks before being fired in the massive furnace, the size of a football field. And the families unjust low pay would be cut in half, even though they get no pay for the two days of prep work. She squinted not from the sun this time, for no one from the outside world had ever asked her, and she answered; “ A dress maker”. Many a bonded labor gal has such a dream.
A boyhood friend had been tracking what I was doing in Pakistan and following the videos. He called me one day exclaiming “Phil, a girl was telling you her dream of being a dress maker. How can we make that happen; LET’S MAKE THAT HAPPEN.” He wishes to remain anonymous.
young widow and children
Dave Mulder, and his wife Jeann had lost a son tragically, and wanted to set bonded labor families free in son Jeremy’s honor. Sana and her sister Sonia would be among the 49 human beings that would be given the rest of their lives a freedom outside the confines of 12 hour, 110 degree work days of their modern day slavery in honor of a Son of the USA, now in heaven, who left behind a young widow and three. children.
The training center is built. Freedom Cry will be in brick and morter in the land of bonded laborers of brick and morter. The first two freed girls are now helping to train the second two freed sisters, in design and sewing in their own village.
Putting Smiles on Faces
When we ‘discovered’ Robina, she was living with her three children in one room, the husband having left. Her life was a typical existence as minority girls and women of being a servant to a majority family. For Robina, serving a wealthy and famous family her employment was unique. She wasn’t in a squatting position cleaning furniture and floors and toilets all day. She was the dress and clothing maker to the family. We invited her on board the team to train our Sana and Sonia in sewing. This is a ‘before photo’. We believe the rest will be history.