School for Former Child Slaves

$19,559 $10,441
Raised Remaining


Rescue bonded child laborers working in India's carpet industry. Offer rehabilitation and comprehensive care, including education, healthcare and social services, to create new life paths.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Approximately 150,000 children are forced to work in the Indian carpet industry—the vast majority in the Uttar Pradesh region. Rugmark was established to systematically break the cycle of illegal child labor by rescuing children from the looms and implementing an ongoing loom inspection and certification program. After rescue, the children are enrolled in a Rugmark Centre to restore their childhood through a comprehensive education and rehabilitation program.

How will this project solve this problem?

Rescue of child carpet weavers, counseling, education, vocational training, games and sports, health care, music and art, social and environmental education, leadership building, and integration into mainstream schooling.

Potential Long Term Impact

By offering educational opportunities, vocational training, and a network of support to former carpet slaves, Rugmark is restoring childhood to a generation of young Indian boys and girls and providing their best chance at a bright future.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $19,559

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $19,559 .  The original project funding goal was $30,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Thanks to 132 donors like you, a total of $19,559 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Carol Erickson

Director of Development and Evaluation
Washington, DC United States

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