Transform Lives and Communities
“I have a dream of working to help my people. I want to help them meet their needs.”
Kalpanna and her husband Anand were trapped as slaves at a tree-cutting unit for four years. The couple were expected to cut one ton of wood every day. The cruel owner of the facility even expected their children to work. Sadly, their son, Karthikeyan, became sick and passed away, and their other son, Abhu, injured his hand in a wood-cutting accident.
IJM worked with district government officials to rescue 24 people from the facility—including five children who had been forced to work alongside the adults.
Since their rescue, Kalpanna and Anand have been happily living with the freedom and dignity they so longed for in bondage. Their relationship is strong, and their son Abhu is enrolled in a local school.
Kalpanna and Anand were able to receive vocational training, and are now starting their own businesses. Kalpanna was even chosen to be a community leader by other rescued slaves. Now she gives motivational speeches at meetings for survivors of slavery. She says, “I have a dream of working to help my people. I want to help them meet their needs.”