Nepal - Kathmandu - GWF rehabilitation centre for former child factory workers
A boy,a former factory worker, skipping in his free time art the GWF centre with friends. He was found and rescued by NGF inspectors in a carpet factory and is now a student and resident at the GWF rehabilitation school and home. Biraj is 11 years old. He has been living in the transit home for the last 2 weeks. He is from a rural village 600km away from Kathmandu where his family is still living. He came with the brother of his brother in law to the factory. He worked there for 2 weeks to send money to his parents before he was identified by a NRF inspector. He calls his parents regularly from the center but has trouble reaching them because of poor network reception in his home village.
Biraj says he is feeling happy in the center. He is now in Class 1 and learning more and more every day. He did not know he was taken to a factory at the time, he felt very surprised when he arrived. He wanted to go back home but his relative would not listen to him. In the morning, he had to take care of the babies of the carpet workers and had to weave the carpets himself in the afternoon.
When he becomes older, Biraj wants to become a policeman to catch thieves.
The Nepal Good Weave Foundation work to get all children out of the carpet industry in Nepal.