Faces of Freedom
The beauty of a hand woven carpet is inextricably linked to the people who make it. Yet today approximately 250,000 children weave the rugs that adorn North American and European homes. GoodWeave gives these children hope. GoodWeave not only rescues and educates thousands of child laborers, it is transforming the industry that impacts them.
Faces of Freedom offers a look into the heart of that transformation. This traveling photo exhibition, sponsored by GoodWeave and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, takes you behind the looms and inside the carpet factories of South Asia. The images, captured by photo documentarian, filmmaker and human rights educator U. Roberto Romano, are displayed in their entirety on this website. They will connect you to the positive, real-life difference that the GoodWeave is making – and we hope that they inspire you to take action.
“Over the past 10 years I have watched GoodWeave take a lead role in the rescue and rehabilitation of child slaves and laborers in the carpet industry. It has grown into a trusted organization that continues to expand its reach and vision, all the while educating consumers that they can be good global citizens and make a difference where it is needed most. Many of the images here are grim reminders that children are still exploited in the netherworld of the global economy, but most show us that there is always hope when they are given a chance, and this is how it should be.”
- U. Roberto Romano
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