TKHF Welcomes GoodWeave USA
We are proud to announce that GoodWeave USA has become one of our newest grantees! GoodWeave’s mission is to end child labor in the handmade rug industry and to provide educational opportunities to South Asia’s more than quarter million “carpet kids.”
In 2011, building on its nearly 20 years of experience in India and Nepal, GoodWeave expanded to Afghanistan. The needs in Afghanistan are a natural fit for GoodWeave’s services – the carpet sector is the country’s largest legal source of employment and a third of elementary school-aged children work, including many who are sold into bonded labor, sexual exploitation and early marriage.
GoodWeave’s programs are specifically designed to break the cycle of poverty that is perpetuated when children compete with adults for the same jobs, kids don’t finish school, and a nation’s top export is undervalued in the marketplace. The opportunity for impact is even greater because Afghan women make up most of the weaving workforce. When women have access to good jobs and earn decent wages, they have more of a voice in the household and often choose to spend those resources in ways that nurture their family.
We truly appreciate the commitment exhibited by GoodWeave USA to end child labor in the handmade rug industry and to provide educational opportunities to South Asia’s “carpet kids” and are particularly pleased to be able to support their work to prevent child labor and trafficking in Balk Province, Afghanistan. Our grant will support GoodWeave’s educational program, which will include a combination of early childhood education, rehabilitation for former child laborers, vocational education and school sponsorship for at-risk kids in Balk Province, Afghanistan. See below for more on the work GoodWeave does.
2011 Shelter Update from UNHCR and Update on Shelter Costs
Thank you for participating in our 2011 Shelter Campaign. We are pleased to share that The Khaled Hosseini Foundation provided funding to the UNHCR allowing the completion of 106 shelters, providing homes for 636 people.
Since 2008, The Khaled Hosseini Foundation has provided funds for the completion of over 350 shelters for families in regions throughout Afghanistan in collaboration with the UNHCR. These shelters provided housing against the harsh elements for over 2,000 people. Based on UNHCR donations to date and at the current cost of shelters ($2,000), we have funding for an additional 23 shelters in the first quarter of 2012!
See below for testimonials from the families who have moved into their new shelters.
Total Support to Date
The cost of a shelter varies given foreign exchange fluctuations and costs of materials. Currently the cost is $2,000 (USD).
- “I still can’t believe we are standing inside our very own home,” said a smiling Mohammad Akbar as he stood with his children inside their newly built home funded by The Khaled Hosseini Foundation.”
In 2002, Mohammad and his family fled their home to escape hostilities over which they had no control. When they returned to Takhar province, they were able to purchase a small plot of land, but had no hope of saving enough for a home. Thanks to you, Mohammad and his family are now rebuilding their lives and can now focus on preparing their children with the education needed for a future of peace.
- “I was always worried about shelter and faced lots of serious problems during the past years living under a tent, both in the heat of summer and the cold of the winter. Thanks to UNHCR and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation we now have a roof over our heads. I now hope to send my children to school so they have a better life than I did.”
Mohammad Nabi, 35, is from Shoghara district of Balkh province. He fled to Pakistan together with his parents and siblings when he was nine. Mohammad lived in Jalozai refugee camp near Peshawar until his return to Afghanistan with UNHCR assistance in 2008. Until this year, Mohammad had no land and lived in a tent. In 2011, however, he was able to purchase land under the UNHCR Shelter Assistance Program and build a two-room shelter for his family funded by The Khaled Hosseini Foundation.
photos: © UNHCR