Soon after he was found
Two weeks ago, on Valentine's Day, our team in Nepal found 13-year-old Rajkumar toiling on a carpet loom. He was forced to work to pay off a debt owed by his brother. In other words, he was a victim of bonded labor.
We want to share three photographs that capture critical moments of Rajkumar's rescue.
The first picture was taken shortly after he was found. His clothes were torn, and he was still afraid, but you can see the hint of a smile developing across his lips.
The second picture is Rajkumar being counseled by our veteran staffperson. Drona has been with GoodWeave for the better part of two decades, and is incredibly compassionate and adept when working with vulnerable children and communities.
The third picture was taken the next day, after Rajkumar had been brought to our transit center in Kathmandu. This is the moment he walked out in his brand new school uniform. Before that afternoon, Rajkumar had only been enrolled in school for three months of his 13 years.
These three moments - and the many more uplifting ones to follow for Rajkumar - are what this project is all about. This is what your support makes possible.
From Rajkumar and all of us -- thank you.
Being counseled by the head of our team
Decked out in his new school uniform