Oct 31, 2014

This project may be ending, but our work is not.

Former child laborers Sanju Maya and Maya.
Former child laborers Sanju Maya and Maya.

Dear GlobalGiver,

Thank you. Because of your generosity, this project has been fully funded. You have helped us to provide urgent assistance to individual “carpet kids” while simultaneously unraveling the wider system that enslaved them to begin with. Your gift is now reverberating through the weaving villages of India, the carpet factories of Kathmandu, and the homes of Afghan widows.

You may have heard the exciting news that GoodWeave’s founder, Kailash Satyarthi, was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his courageous and innovative work toward ending child slavery.  As the plight of child laborers takes the world stage, your gift could not have come at a more important time. With your generous support, we will be able to leverage this moment and complete the task that Kailash started. 

Although this project has reached its funding goal and will be deactivated, our work isn’t finished. Together, we will expand GoodWeave’s reach into more carpet regions of Afghanistan and India, even as we work to replicate our success in other industries where child labor is rampant, including the brick kilns of Nepal.  We will continue to educate consumers and companies through the Stand with Sanju campaign.

We will soon be starting a new project on GlobalGiving, one that will also include our efforts to raise awareness and create demand for child-labor-free carpets among consumers. Without this part of our work, we would not be able to envision the end of child labor in the carpet industry by 2020. We hope you will join us in supporting this new project and ensuring that someday we will no longer need to rescue children from carpet looms.

We also encourage you to check out our other GlobalGiving project, Bring a Daycare to Balkh Province, Afghanistan, to find out how you can help us to support the families of home-based weavers by providing a safe and nurturing environment for their children.  For other ways to keep up with GoodWeave’s work, please check out our website, sign up for our newsletter, “like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

On behalf of the children, women, workers, companies and entire communities your compassion has and will help, thank you again for your support. We hope you will continue to be a part of the GoodWeave family.

With gratitude,

Nina Smith

Children play at GoodWeave's rehabilitation center
Children play at GoodWeave's rehabilitation center

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Sep 18, 2014

The best "back to school" story.

Dear GlobalGiver,

Over the Labor Day weekend, as many of us prepared for the first day of school, GoodWeave debuted an inspiring video about one of the "carpet kids" from the rescue center you so generously support.

Watch the inspiring video now.

Produced by a renowned Sundance filmmaker, this three-minute animated short depicts the real and triumphant journey of Sanju from carpet loom to classroom. While this is her story, you helped make it such a happy ending.

Within hours of its release, Stand with Sanju was all over social media from TakePart to Upworthy where it was shared over 5,300 times. In addition, CNN ran a special blogpost I wrote (Time to Get Children Out of Factories and Into Schools) about how to ensure the 168 million children around the world like Sanju get “back to school” as well.

It’s audacious to be sure, but it can be done if we all take a stand. And this GlobalGiving project is just that -- you taking a stand with Sanju and all the "carpet kids" throughout South Asia. 

Thank you,

Nina Smith

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Jun 25, 2014

Uttam's story and an opportunity to double your impact today!

Uttam, proudly wearing his school uniform!
Uttam, proudly wearing his school uniform!

Dear GlobalGiver,

Thank you so much for your continued support. We have an exciting update that we couldn’t wait to share with you! Today, GoodWeave is participating in Microsoft’s YouthSpark Bonus Day, where Microsoft will match donations by 100%. The matching begins TODAY at 12:00:00 PM (EDT) (noon). What does this mean? It means that a gift to Rescue and Educate "carpet kids" in South Asia will go twice as far to support our efforts in emancipating and educating children in the most dire of circumstances. Children like Uttam.

Uttam is 13 years old and grew up in a poor family in Nepal. His father was an abusive alcoholic who never allowed him to go to school. Uttam shares, “my father didn’t want to waste money in school instead he preferred to spend it in buying drinks for him. So I could not able to go to school."

To sustain his father’s drinking habit, Uttam was forced to work at a carpet factory from a young age. For 17 hours a day he toiled in darkness, tying knots until his hands bled and enduring abuse by the factory owner. He often fell ill, but was never provided with any treatment.

Thankfully, he was recently found by GoodWeave inspectors who brought him to Hamro Ghar, our rehabilitation center in Kathmandu, Nepal. Here, Uttam was able to receive the care he needed. And he’s thriving! He’s finally able to fulfill his dream of going to school, something he never thought possible. I wish you could see him in class; he is such a diligent and motivated student. His dream is to become a teacher so he can help other children who, just like him, were deprived of an education.

We know you’ve already given and your support has been invaluable to our mission to end child labor and give children like Uttam a future -- thank you. But if you can, please consider giving again today, as this is a fantastic opportunity to increase the impact of your support. Please also help us spread the word about this opportunity to your family and friends by directing them to our project:http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rescue-and-educate-child-laborers/ 

With profound gratitude,

Nina Smith

P.S. To ensure your donation will be matched, please donate as close to the starting time (noon EDT) as possible.

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