GoodWeave via Crowdrise
December 04, 2014
Along the carpet belt of South Asia, an estimated 250,000 children are exploited and trafficked to make rugs that end up in high-end showrooms.
GoodWeave believes that children belong in classrooms, not toiling on carpet looms.
We fulfill this mission by working at every step along the supply chain — from a rug factory in Nepal all the way to a department store in New York.
GoodWeave’s work is motivated by stories of children like Sanju (seen in the photo on the left). Forced to work in a carpet factory for 16 hours a day without breaks, she would still be there if GoodWeave hadn’t rescued her and provided ongoing rehabilitation and education. Today, Sanju has been reunited with her parents and they couldn't be more proud that she is the first person in their family to go to school. (Meet this remarkable girl in the three-minute film featured in the slideshow on the left.)
Between now and December 5, we have a chance to do something really big. As part of the Social Entrepreneurs Challenge, we are striving to raise $50,000 in donations. Every donation — no matter the amount — will go even further.
To give you a sense, a gift of $50 helps sponsor a full year of community-based education for one rescued boy or girl like Sanju.
A gift of $500 would provide a home and non-formal education for a rescued child who doesn’t have a family to return to.
A gift of $1,000 or more would help GoodWeave’s U.S. work to harness the power of the marketplace and bring certified slave-free rugs to more mainstream retailers.
If together we meet the goal, it would equal the emancipation and education of 10,000 children in India, Nepal and Afghanistan. And it would create a tangible shift in the very way we do business, so that other children like Sanju never have to experience life on the looms.
You may have heard the exciting news that GoodWeave’s founder, Kailash Satyarthi, was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his courageous and innovative work toward ending child slavery. As the plight of child laborers takes the world stage, your support comes at a very important time. With your help, we will be able to leverage this moment and complete the task that Kailash started.
Will you help us weave a brighter future for some of the world's most vulnerable children?
On behalf of Sanju and all the children your contribution will touch, thank you.
Founded in 1994, GoodWeave rescues individual “carpet kids” while harnessing market forces to end child labor industry-wide. Our approach got the attention of CNN this summer, and USAID recently described GoodWeave as “one of the best-known examples of a program effectively addressing child labor in a sector where it was endemic.”