Donate to safeguard children and their families during the COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 Child and Worker Protection Fund delivers immediate humanitarian aid and services to vulnerable populations in India, Nepal and Afghanistan

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The COVID-19 Child and Worker Protection Fund delivers immediate humanitarian aid and services to vulnerable populations in India, Nepal and Afghanistan

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As we all work to reduce the fallout from the COVID-19 crisis, our community is keenly aware of the additional risks now faced by vulnerable, marginalized workers and children, who would be invisible but for GoodWeave’s field teams in South Asia. This hidden workforce may have made the clothes you wear right now, or the carpet under your feet. Now, they have no safety nets. They have only us.

Our teams in the field report an acute need for food and medical supplies. Schools and some factories are closed, and everywhere there is uncertainty. Jobs have disappeared for workers, who ordinarily subsist on daily or weekly payments. They have no money. Many are migrants, who are now unable to travel back to their villages because transportation has halted.

GoodWeave’s grassroots presence gives us the ability to reach these individuals. With emergency funds we raise through the COVID-19 Child and Worker Protection Fund, and in partnership with our member companies and their suppliers, GoodWeave is prioritizing these actions:

  • Tracking the health and safety of approximately 140,000 workers and their family members, and facilitating urgent food aid.
  • Providing supplies and services to Hamro Ghar, GoodWeave’s home for rescued children in Nepal. (Children in center-based rehabilitation remain in place with staff and visitation is discontinued.)
  • Promoting safety precautions to slow the contagion, and sharing updated information, as many workers are isolated from media and government outreach.
  • Delivering aid when possible, including hygiene kits, as well as monitoring and connecting with government and NGO resources to access medical, salary replacement disbursements and other government provisions.
  • Ensuring the approximately 19,000 children in sponsored GoodWeave education programs continue their studies.
  • Registering thousands of undocumented migrants so they can receive government relief.

While we address the most urgent needs, we are also planning for the future. We know from past experience that child, forced and bonded labor increases during times of economic hardship. Therefore, we are thinking strategically about how to come out of this crisis with market advantage for child-labor-free products. We will be ready to act when it is safe for our team.

For now, we hope to safeguard vulnerable children and their families with your generous support. Thank you!


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