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”.