This is a season of celebration - some of us are observing Hanukkah, while others are preparing for Christmas and the New Year. Here at GoodWeave we are thinking of another kind of occasion - a birthday! Let me explain.
Thanks to you, Kulmon is getting food, clothing, shelter, counseling and an education. But there’s one thing he doesn’t have: a birthday. Like most of the kids we rescue, Kulmon doesn’t know exactly when he was born.
Before he was rescued by GoodWeave in March 2010, Kulmon had been ruthlessly trafficked between carpet factories in Nepal and India, his childhood consumed by long, crippling hours at the looms.Today, Kulmon is studying at GoodWeave’s Hamro Ghar (“Our Home”), the first stop for rescued kids on their way to a better life.
In October of this year, two of my colleagues had the privilege of meeting Kulmon. They remember his smile as he described the first time he ever celebrated his birthday: “We put colored paper in balloons and burst them so that there is confetti everywhere.”
On January 1, 2012 - a symbolic date of starting anew - GoodWeave will throw its annual "(un)common birthday" party for all our beneficiaries. You've already had a hand in making their wishes come true, but now you can also be there when they blow out the candles. Click here to send an electronic card that will be presented to the kids at the upcoming festivities: http://www.goodweave.org/e-cardAnd finally, we have one more reason to celebrate this holiday time. Last week, Google.org joined you in the fight against human trafficking and child servitude. They selected GoodWeave to receive a grant as part of their first-ever dedication of funds to end modern-day slavery. We've attached the press release with more of the details.
With wishes of peace and freedom for 2012,Nina Smith
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