We are proud partners of GoodWeave, a charity striving to end child labour in the rug industry but few of us really understand the extent of child exploitation in the supply chains of everyday items from food products, clothing, jewellery, homewares – the list is endless and as consumers we are unwittingly complicit.
Noble Peace Prize winner and founder of GoodWeave Kailash Satyarthi features in the feature-length documentary The Price of Free, highlighting the work undertaken be his team across the globe rescuing children from slavery.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize, US Documentary at Sundance 2018, this profoundly moving and eye-opening film is a must see, especially as the frenzy of Christmas spending is underway. Please take the time to view.
We are long-time affiliates of GoodWeave. For over a decade Goodweave has worked tirelessly to end child exploitation in Nepal’s carpet industry and provide education and opportunities to rescued and at-risk children.
As we all know, entire sections of Kathmandu, where GoodWeave operates, have collapsed, leaving thousands dead and injured and many more without shelter, food, water, and electricity. All of the children and staff at Goodweave’s Hamro Ghar building are safe, but the building is damaged.
Goodweave has set up an Earthquake Relief Fund and outlined to it’s affiliates the problems faced on the ground in Nepal, their strategy to address them and the potential long term impact of the disaster, which we have set out below.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The earthquake has caused extensive damage to buildings, roads and communications systems. Families have been separated, their lives and livelihoods disrupted. People living in poverty and former victims of child labour and trafficking are always hit hardest by natural disasters and the recent earthquake has put them at even greater risk of exploitation.
How will this project solve this problem?
GoodWeave will deliver urgent services to the children and weaving communities we serve through:
Addressing the immediate needs of the children in Goodweave’s rehabilitation centre and schools and weaving families with food, shelter, medical care, and other necessities. Support will be coordinated with major relief organisations to ensure that our community of about 16,000 people receive the support they need;
Rebuilding of GoodWeave’s programmed infrastructure to ensure schooling for 785 children isn’t interrupted for an extended period;
Providing support for rug exporters for rebuilding infrastructure, a critical long-term economic recovery need for Nepal’s top export sector.
Potential long-term impact
GoodWeave was operating in Nepal long before the earthquake hit, and will continue to work with the weaving and brick-making communities long after the news cameras have gone. By working on long-term recovery with the children and communities GoodWeave serves, they will ensure that they are better equipped to face future disasters and come out of this tragedy stronger than before.
Ethical production is hugely important to Deirdre and all our hand knotted rugs are GoodWeave certified.
GoodWeave certification is your guarantee that no child labour has been used at any stage of your rug’s manufacture.
By buying a GoodWeave labelled rug, you are supporting the work GoodWeave does to ensure children discovered manufacturing rugs are returned to their families, given an education and taken out of child labour permanently.
Though GoodWeave’s ultimate goal is to end child labour in South Asia, it also actively supports weavers, improving training and working conditions and provides essential day care and schooling for their children, who would otherwise be left hanging around workshops whilst their parents work.
GoodWeave labelled rugs may cost a little more but the work they do is essential in increasing welfare standards for weaving families and expediting the end of child exploitation in the rug industry.