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 and Nepal

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

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As we all work to reduce the fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, our community is keenly aware of the additional risks 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.

While the urgency has subsided, outbreaks of coronavirus variants have become the new normal. Continued uncertainty for workers as Omicron waves come and go, and despite schools reopening, children struggle to catch up and many are not going back at all. Our teams in the field report they are finding more cases of child labor.

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 currently prioritizing these actions:

  • 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 hygiene kits where needed, and monitoring and connecting with government and NGO resources for workers and families to access medical, salary replacement disbursements and other government provisions.
  • Providing PPE to factories and production units to protect employees.
  • Ensuring the approximately 19,000 children in sponsored GoodWeave education programs continue their studies.
  • Registering undocumented migrants and securing bank accounts for them, so they can receive government relief.

In India, Nepal and Bangladesh through March 2022, with support from our COVID-19 Child and Worker Protection Fund, Laudes Foundation, UBS Optimus Foundation, Freedom Fund, the United States Department of State, and the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, GoodWeave has:

  • Helped provide food aid to over 114,000 workers and family members
  • Delivered hygiene aid, including masks and soap, to over 112,000 people
  • Shared COVID-19 health and safety information with over 143,000 workers and family members
  • Arranged COVID-19 vaccinations for 1,200 workers
  • Distributed 200 infrared thermometers to worksites, enabling temperature screening for thousands of workers

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.

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


For more information about GoodWeave and its recent accomplishments, see our Annual Reports, UK Financial Statements, and IRS Form 990.
GoodWeave International is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. GoodWeave acknowledges that no goods or services were given in exchange for this donation.