Capturing the World as it is, and Changing it for the Better
By U. Roberto Romano
In May 2012, award-winning photographer and filmmaker U. Roberto Romano returned to the carpet belts of Nepal and India to document the disturbing face of child labor today, as well as the hopeful faces of children rescued from servitude and educated by GoodWeave. The new collection will be previewed this July to 35,000 young social justice activists attending the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans.
But there is always hope. Now Sanju Maya has a chance for a different life, one of education and fulfillment, as a beneficiary of GoodWeave's comprehensive programs for rescued child weavers. Every time I visit a carpet factory or a school touched by GoodWeave, I am reminded that there is hope.
For more than 15 years I have been documenting child labor and slavery in South Asia’s carpet industries, and in that time I have seen GoodWeave grow into one of the most effective organizations of its kind. As part of a broader movement to end child labor and slavery, GoodWeave has reduced the number of children working on the looms by hundreds of thousands. At their best, certification labels create both change and consciousness, and GoodWeave has done both, while adapting to the changing landscape of the marketplace, the industry and the communities where the organization operates.
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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 a full-member 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.