Education in place of child labour
Lotuscrafts stands for social justice and respectful coexistence. With our donation to the association 'terre des hommes', we support projects in India that protect children from violence, slavery and exploitation.
Child labour in the textile industry
With numerous weaving mills, sewing factories and dye works, the city of Karur in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu is dominated by the textile industry. Despite compulsory schooling in India, thousands of girls and boys do hard work under inhumane conditions. Instead of playing or going to school, the children sew, pack, wring or mix dangerous chemicals. Even if the wage for an 11-hour day is less than 80 euro cents, the children's additional income ensures the survival of poor families. In India, the caste system and discrimination against girls also make access to education and income difficult.
One terre des hommes project involves cooperation with the „Fair for kids“initiative, which since 2009 has built a school centre with boarding school and a training centre. This is where the Indian project partner Psycho Trust prepares former child labourers to attend regular school. In another shelter centre, the children can play, do sports, paint or take part in theatre workshops. Young people receive training in tailoring and textile design. At events, parents are also taught the importance of an education for their children. In the past years, more than 28,000 children and adolescents have taken advantage of the services offered by Psycho Trust.
Our products, manufactured according to GOTS criteria, come from those regions in India where terre des hommes has been campaigning for children's rights for many years. We at Lotuscrafts have therefore decided to support the worldwide project work of terre des hommes against exploitative child labour, especially in India. For every meditation cushion sold, we are happy to donate 1 € to this cause that is dear to us.