This winter, we told you about a wonderful annual tradition in our Nepali rescue center. Almost none of the children we care for have ever had a birthday party, and many can't even tell you their birth date. So on the first day of every new year, we host an "(un)Common Birthday" celebration.
The residents of Hamro Ghar ("our home") are unlike most children. They have been treated as commodities for much of their young lives, put to work weaving rugs in dimly-lit and dusty loom sheds. But on January 1st, we made sure they felt like every other kid.
The images of their smiling faces speak for themselves. They danced, enjoyed a festive meal with cake, opened gifts, and received birthday cards from GoodWeave supporters around the world. When you see the photos here, or the full album on our Facebook page, please know that you are part of the reason they are smiling.
In March, GoodWeave's life-changing work was featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy in an article (attached) entitled "A Charity Braves a Shadowy Industry to Rescue Children." In it, they tell the story of 11 year-old Manju who was the first child rescued by GoodWeave in 2012. While her hands still bear the scars of her hazardous work, she has a contagious joy about her and our social workers report that she is one of the brightest students.
Thank you for helping us create new beginnings for Manju and all our beneficiaries, on January 1st and everyday.
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