As the school year begins, it’s important to recognize that teaching is a profession that often requires bravery. But one teacher in India, Daulati Kumari, brings a special kind of bravery to her classroom.
Daulati escaped slavery only a few years ago, and now she teaches children in a Free the Slaves program in communities where slavery is rampant.
Daulati was kidnapped by a man who had offered to take her to a doctor. Instead, she was sold into a forced marriage and enslaved for five months. Her parents alerted volunteers affiliated with MSEMVS, a frontline organization that receives funding and training from Free the Slaves. They went to court to force local police to help.
After Daulati was free, she enrolled at the Free the Slaves Punarnawa Ashram, where survivors recover and prepare to return to normal life. She studied hard at the ashram’s school, and when she was ready, she decided to join MSEMVS as a teacher.
“I never imagined that I would teach children,” Daulati says. “I learned a lot in the ashram.”
She’s seen as a local hero at small schools in isolated communities where violent thugs enslave families and traffic children.
“They are intelligent kids,” she says, but formal education “is difficult because they have never been to school. I sit with each child, and hold their hand.”
Daulati knows the risks she is taking. But she also knows that without education, children are vulnerable to slavery. She is an emerging leader in a growing movement to create a generation that will live in freedom.
That is what sets Free the Slaves apart: we are building a movement of survivors, of people around the world who are standing up to slaveholders. Last year alone, we helped free more than 1,750 slaves and educated more than 14,000 community members how to resist slavery.
Daulati is doing her part. Will you do yours?
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