Rescue and educate "carpet kids" in South Asia

$15,961 $0
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Sep 1, 2010

A story and a song from Prem, Kathmandu, Nepal

Prem, Kathmandu, Nepal
Prem, Kathmandu, Nepal

GoodWeave USA Executive Director Nina Smith from a two-week field visit to the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, where she visited our local partners and caught up with dozens of GoodWeave children in day care, residential rehabilitation, and inschool. One of them, Prem, sang to us in a voice that was bold and resonant – a video of his singing can be viewed on our YouTube page, linked below – and shared his story:

Prem is in the 10th grade at Nepal’s prestigious Laboratory School under our sponsorship. A friendly, outgoing, and charismatic teenager, you’d never guess that six years ago Prem was toiling at a Kathmandu carpet loom, far from his family in rural Nepal.

Rescued at just nine years old by GoodWeave inspectors, Prem made up for stolen years of basic education at our residential rehabilitation center. Next, he enrolled at the Lab School, where he now studies accounting and economics. He’s his class captain, helping maintain a peaceful environment by solving problems with his classmates. He told us he likes soccer, basketball, and poetry. And he said this: “If GoodWeave weren’t there, we’d still be in the carpet factory”.



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Nina Smith

GoodWeave Executive Director
Washington, DC United States

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