"The struggle began
several years ago in communities and in cities in South America and
Africa, where children were sold, tricked or forced into bondage as
carpet weavers, domestic servants and child prostitutes. Now, children
and adults march in the streets of Calcutta to protest. North Americans
are not saving these children; we are supporting them in their
struggle." [from The Power of One, a book written by Craig
"We so often feel
powerless to do anything about the many problems in the world around us.
We are so often left to wonder whether one person can possibly
make a difference. Mother Teresa said yes we can. Her life was
resounding proof that it is possible."
"The slums of Calcutta
can bring a person to tears. It was not the poverty, however, but the
incredible welcome that moved me the most. These people accepted me into
their lives, brought me into their homes, and offered to share what
little food they had with me."
"Children working in
the carpet industry often suffer from many health problems. These
include breathing difficulties from inhaling the carpet fibres,
arthritis in their fingers from tying the tiny knots, and growth
deformities from working hunched over their looms for so long every
"Child labour is an
issue of grave importance. It must become a top priority for all
governments of the world. How can the world move into the twenty-first
century with children still being exploited for their labour and denied
their basic right to an education?"
"I was deeply moved by
the stories of Munnilal, Mohan, and those of other children who had been
rescued from the carpet factories in India. Our research in that country
led us to the discovery of Rugmark, a label attached to hand-knotted or
hand-woven carpets to indicate they are made without child labour.
Rugmark is a solution initiated by people in South Asia and not by the
Western world ... During my visit to Brazil, I became acquainted with a
similar labelling system being used in that country for products made
without child labour."
"Kids have to be tough
to survive on the streets of Kathmandu, where older gang members often
beat and rob them. They face cold winters, hunger, homelessness, and
unsympathetic police. But under each hardened shell there is still a