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redemption project

Set free!

In one of our earliest projects, we worked with our Nepali team to redeem Tharu slaves who have lived in servitude for generations because their extreme poverty made it impossible to repay family debt.

On one day a year, a slave could be purchased from his master. But redemption was only possible if someone had the means to buy his freedom.

Our Nepali team went privately to the owners and made the transactions, buying fifteen Tharus. Once the purchase was complete, the ex-slaves were told they were free to go.

Fifteen people were redeemed from a life of slavery the first year. The next year, one hundred and fifty people were redeemed out of slavery.

Many of the redeemed were the first of their family in four generations to be free. A few actually refused freedom because they knew no other life, had no place to live and no means of feeding themselves. Of the fifteen redeemed the first year, twelve said they had nowhere to go.

Friends of The Reckoning donated funds to buy each redeemed person a little piece of land in a village, and the freed Tharus were told if they worked the land for one year and got a harvest, they would be given the deed to the land.

Each of them was also given a water buffalo cow. The water buffalo was used to farm the land, and the cow’s milk became a cash business. Most of the new cow owners sold 100 percent of their milk. They were encouraged to give the first calf born from their cow to another needy Tharu family. This was purely voluntary, and 100% of them completed the generosity cycle by giving away their calf. This is powerfully significant since the value of each calf represented one years wages for the average Tharu.

This project marked the beginning of The Reckoning’s work to develop entrepreneurs and create partnerships that grow livelihoods for those caught in poverty.


faces of the redemption

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wate removal

Two of our first Tharu partners from the redemption project.

 

waste removal

The simple bill of sale documents redemption of a Tharu Kamaya.