Laxmi was only six years old when she told a GoodWeave inspector that she had to work to survive.
After a landslide wiped out her family’s home in rural Nepal, the family moved to the capital where her parents could find work in a carpet factory. But her mother fell ill and her father turned to drink, so Laxmi was left with no other option but to work on the loom herself.
When the inspector found Laxmi, GoodWeave stepped in to help. Laxmi was freed from the loom and enrolled in school. She was eager to learn and grateful for a second chance at life. Today she is doing well in one of the best universities in Nepal.
Your gifts to ELCA World Hunger support GoodWeave, an organization that works to end illegal child labor in the carpet industry of South Asia. The organization sponsors schools for former “carpet kids,” along with child care and other services for adult weavers and their families.
Each rescued child receives literacy and math training before entering a formal education process which includes language training, social stuides and science. Over 9,000 children have been rescued from the looms and given the opportunity to embark on a new path in life.