School for Former Child Slaves

by GoodWeave International Vetted since 2008 Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified


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.

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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.


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.

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.

Additional Documentation

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


Ford Foundation Report
Odegard Carpets

Organization Information

GoodWeave International

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @GoodWeave
Project Leader:
Carol Erickson
Director of Development and Evaluation
Washington, DC United States

Funded Project!

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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