Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye – it is very beautiful – Kailash Satyarthi
I was doing research on child labor in South Asia and came across a website for an organization called, GoodWeave. “GoodWeave aims to stop child labor in the carpet industry and to replicate its market-based approach in other sectors.” The founder, Kailash Satyarthi won the Nobel Peace Prize along with Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai in 2014. Read the story here.
Check out Stand with Sanju, a video which demonstrates how consumer buying power could end child slavery in the carpet industry.
Read stories of children who were forced into child labor like Kumar who was pulled out of school to work and sent away with a carpet broker to pay off the family’s loan or young Anjana who was forced to be the breadwinner of her family because her abusive father sank the family deeper and deeper into debt or Tanka who chose to go with a man to Kathmandu rather than remain in an abusive home. As you read these heartbreaking stories, imagine what it would be like if your own son or daughter was forced into child labor.
Children should be in school learning, not working in factories or other companies that exploit and mistreat them. They should be allowed to be children.
If you are interested in supporting GoodWeave in their campaign to end child labor, here are ways you can do so:
- Insist on the GoodWeave label when you’re shopping for a handmade rug, whether online or in a store near you.
- Donate to the One in a Million campaign—dollar makes a difference.
- Tell your friends and colleagues to ask for the GoodWeave label through Twitter or Facebook.
- Give us feedback on the One in a Million campaign and earn a chance to win a GoodWeave certified rug by Company C by filling out a short survey here.Learn more about the lives of the million children who were working on the looms when GoodWeave was founded—and the everyday heroes working to rescue and educate them.
- Sign up for GoodWeave’s quarterly newsletter to keep up with the news at GoodWeave.
- Organize a fundraiser at your school, place of worship, home or business. Contact us for more ideas and materials.
- Blog about GoodWeave or carry GoodWeave’s banner ad on your blog or website.
- Request a GoodWeave certified rug in your wedding or gift registry (for example, using GoodWeave partner 2modern’s registry service), or ask that guests make a donation in GoodWeave’s name.
A lot of work still remains but I will see the end of child labor in my lifetime – Kailash Satyarthi