Ila Puri, GoodWeave Teacher

by Ila Puri

My name is Ila Puri, and I am 23 years old. I am from Sinamangal in Kathmandu. My father died five years ago and now I live with my mother, two younger sisters and brother. My sisters and brother are studying in college and school.

I have been working at this day care center for six years. My normal day starts at 5am when I prepare breakfast and eat beaten rice, noodles, fruit and milk with my family. At 8:30, I take the bus to work, where classes start at 9:45 and finish at 4:00. I take the children out for games and sometimes to play in the park.

The GoodWeave daycare center covers a cluster of 17 factories, and can take up to 105 children aged between 2 to 6 years. There are usually about 95 children here each day.

GoodWeave has given me this opportunity to work with children  —  it has a very positive impact on my life and has given me a lot of good experience. Many “rug children” are not able to go to school; they always have to work, but GoodWeave removes those found working in difficult conditions and gives them an opportunity for a new life. This GoodWeave sponsored day care center means that rug weavers can work freely while their children are being given love, safety and education.

If the children could not come here, they would have to stay with their mothers in the factories — roaming around and sleeping on the factory floor.

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