Jul 2015 – Jul 2020

Fighting to end child slavery



Multiple countries – Global

To end child slavery and exploitation around the world.

$10,000,000 Grant Value


Often thought of as something belonging to another time, slavery continues to affect the lives of millions around the world. In fact, there are an estimated 45.8 million people around the world who are trapped in a life of slavery. 

Of this staggering number, it is believed that as many as 1 in 4 slaves are children.

The Freedom Fund - the world's first private donor fund dedicated to ending modern slavery - has been designed to bring a strategic focus and increased financial resources to the fight against slavery. The organisation places a heavy focus on strengthening the data and evidence in the field, building on existing tools.

Our support will help the Freedom Fund to run three types of interventions:

  • Working in geographical hotspots: National and local hotspots are chosen on the basis of a high prevalence of slavery, or areas where there is the greatest potential for impact or measurable reduction of slavery. Within a hotspot, the Freedom Fund funds local organisations to address local issues.
  • Taking a thematic approach: The Freedom Fund intends to coordinate actors and resources within a sector initiative – a thematic approach focussing on a particular trade or concern. Examples include addressing child slavery across several countries in South Asia or treating the mental trauma of victims.
  • Strengthening the anti-slavery community: The Freedom Fund is positioned to undertake advocacy to coordinate the global response and provide a platform to channel efforts, resources and data.


Since its inception in 2013, the Freedom Fund has directly impacted the lives of more than 200,000 men, women and children in slavery or at risk of being enslaved. This includes liberating over 8,900 people from slavery, enabling 24,000 at-risk children to attend school, and supporting 813 criminal and legal cases on behalf of victims of exploitation.

To learn more about the Freedom Fund's impact, visit their website or click here to download a PDF overview.

This grant will help the Freedom Fund to expand its activities and continue the fight to end child slavery once and for all.