Schools and Opportunities
GoodWeave has freed nearly 3,600 children from weaving looms, providing each with the educational and other opportunities needed to embark on a new path in life. After being reunited with their families whenever possible, rescued children—most of whom have never seen the inside of a classroom—are offered a fully sponsored education through grade 10 or the age of 18, whichever comes first.
GoodWeave matches each rescued child with an educational program, depending on whether they need to be close to home or at a boarding school. Children start with intensive literacy and math training to prepare them for formal education, which includes language training, social studies, math and science. Children also enjoy recreational activities and extracurricular pursuits in music and art.
GoodWeave-affiliated schools encourage high academic standards, and every effort is made to help children continue their education through high school. At the age of 14, children can also choose to enter a vocational training program to learn locally marketable skills, such as auto and motorcycle repair, tailoring and electrical wiring.
In addition to child rescue and rehabilitation, GoodWeave programs facilitate the prevention of child labor and the healthy development of weaving communities. These include daycare and early childhood education, school sponsorship for children of adult weavers, adult literacy programs and health clinics.
Your support makes it all possible. GoodWeave has provided over 11,000 children with schooling and/or rehabilitation and other vital services, funded entirely through donations to GoodWeave and the sale of GoodWeave rugs. For an unforgettable look at the childhoods that have been restored by GoodWeave's efforts, visit the Faces of Freedom website or read the stories of rescued children. Click here to learn more about how you can help transform one of the million children’s lives touched by the carpet industry.
At the age of five, Manju was already working on the rug looms. While she has since been found and freed from illegal carpet work, some 250,000 children throughout South Asia still toil in obscurity. Through GoodWeave nearly 3,600 kids like Manju have been rescued, rehabilitated and educated, and thousands more deterred from entering the work force.More Stories »
GoodWeave is one of only 14 full-members of the ISEAL Alliance, the global association for sustainability standards whose Codes of Good Practice are seen as global references for developing and implementing credible standards.