Goodweave funds two distinct programmes in Varanasi and Delhi, India: Inspection and monitoring of rug-making facilities, and child welfare and education. Three new community education projects have been established over the last few months in the area of Muskan, where Goodweave’s facilitator on the ground is the Human Welfare Association.
In the three villages, of Gaur, Chaukia and Dudhwa, where there are 294 known weaving families, community schools have been set up to provide the U.P Government curriculum for basic education to both children and adults. The children fall into four categories: (1) rescued from child labour in the rug industry (2) dropped out of school (3) five and six year olds, who are vulnerable to being forced into work, as they are receiving no education, and finally (4) young girls aged 14-18 years old, who have been denied any education and therefore have limited life choices.
Each of the projects has been set-up to be sustainable, with significant voluntary involvement and ownership of the programmes by the community. A total of 188 children are currently attending the three NFE centres established, and these pictures show lessons in chaukia. Alongside schooling, the projects are also starting to create awareness amongst the community about child labour and the concept of the rights of a child.