Who were Ida and Franz Welmann?
Ida and Franz were a German couple who lived in a small German town of Marl near Essen.
They had grown up in a rural community and had to enter working life early on. Especially Ida was never given the opportunity to gain an education but instead had to help in the family business from a very young
age. Despite having left school early themselves, Ida and Franz always pointed out the importance of education to their family.
GMA’s Trustee Rebecca Gebauer is the grand-daughter of Ida and Franz Welmann. Her husband Shahid Khan has Pakistani roots. In memory of Rebecca’s grandparents and at the occasion of their wedding on 20th March 2021, Rebecca and Shahid Khan have donated £500 to set up a fund with a hope to support children in the most deprived communities in Pakistan.
The Brick Kiln Labourers of Pakistan – a community without hope for the future
2.1 million people Pakistan are tied into bonded labour of some kind and effectively live in modern-day slavery. Brick kilns are among the most notorious sites of this human rights violation with labourers working more than 15 hours a day, 7 days a week with no regular wages. The lack of wages puts them into an ongoing precarious situation where any unexpected expense (e.g. medical costs) puts an impossible strain on their family finances. Brick kiln owners exploit this situation by offering loans to their labourers at
extortionate interest rates. Most families are tied into debt that is passed on from generation to generation. Children are born into poverty and in a country without free education the family debts usually mean that going to school remains a distant dream.
The Ida and Franz Welmann Education Fund will address this issue by offering education to children of brick kiln labourers.
How can you help?
GMA’s Ida and Franz Welmann Education Fund will provide tuition fees, uniforms and stationary supplies. The initial amount of £500 will support 10 children for the 2021/22 school year.
You can support this project by sponsoring a child. The annual amount of £35 (less than £3 per month) will secure the schooling of one child for a whole year.
To find out more about this project and to take up a sponsorship email firstname.lastname@example.org today!