Bella's family worked as seasonal harvesters. Their whole family is considered "untouchable" which meant other people in their village wouldn't allow them to do other forms of work outside their cast. When heavy rains destroyed local crops, the family had no work, and live wolves, human traffickers came to their village recruiting children to work in rock quarries. Bella's illiterate parents were deceived. Bella was taken to live in a quarry, but the money they were promised never arrived. Bella was a slave.
In the quarry, supervisors brutally beat anyone that got out of line, including Bella and the other kids her age. Bella rapidly lost weight from lack of food, and she got sick from the rigors of the endless 14 hour work days. After about 6 months in the quarry, a CFC search and rescue team found Bella and the other kids her age and rescued them.
Today, Bella is 8 years old, and she lives at The Sylom Children's Home. She is safe and well fed. She has also started attending school for the first time. Her favorite class is the local language, Telugu, and she loves to play games with her friends.
When you sponsor Bella, you take care of her needs for food and education. You'll get updates from time to time about how you've made a difference and learn about the significant things happening in her life.
When you do what you can For One, you help end child slavery for good.
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*The name used is a pseudonym to protect this child’s identity.