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
As we all work to reduce the fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, our community is keenly aware of the add itional 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. 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 migrants workers have returned to their home communities, and now they face job loss. Those who have remained at factories and worksites far from home may be unable to travel back to their villages with renewed lockdowns at state and national levels.
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:
- Delivering urgent food aid.
- Providing supplies and services to Hamro Ghar, GoodWeave’s home for rescued children in Nepal. (Children in centre-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, 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 programmes 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 2021, 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 92,000 workers and family members
- Delivered hygiene aid, including masks and soap, to over 72,000 people
- Shared COVID-19 health and safety information with over 128,000 workers and family members
- Supported the livelihoods of 30 workers through a mask-stitching initiative
- 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 labour increases during times of economic hardship. Therefore, we are thinking strategically about how to come out of this crisis with market advantage for child-labour-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!