Faces of Freedom
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“Just that one day”, murmurs 13-year-old Tamanna in a barely audible whisper when asked if she had worked in the carpet loom for too long. 3 years ago, on her first day ‘at work’, Tamanna was supposed to help her mother in the yarn opening process. As she delicately pulled 5 different fibre threads and blended them into a tuft, something her grandmother taught her before she came into the centre, GoodWeave team spotted and approached her. For her, the rehabilitation process brought confusion and anxiety, something that she still struggles with. GoodWeave’s intervention has ensured her enrolment in a local-private school, several rounds of counselling for her and her family, and a repercussive warning to the production unit.
After three years, Tamanna still hesitates to talk about that day in the loom, for she fears someone might bother her or her family. She only admits that it was their old neighbour’s son who had asked her mother to include Tamanna in the weaving process, and that it was her first day in the loom. “I worked 4 or 5 more days with my grandmother once but it was only to help her and learn the skill”, she then adds.   
Now a 5th grader, she regards her time in the school as a pleasant one and is glad to have a friend her age. She is disinclined to talk much about her parents, but only that her mother often asks her to clean the house and do the dishes while her father is averse to it.  Becoming teary eyed when asked if she can do a specific Mathematical problem, Tamanna represents a sea of children who’ve had to drop-out from schools at a very early age, and are expected to immediately catch up with their peers. GoodWeave will continue to support her emotionally and financially as she takes her time and learn in an environment that is no longer exploitative.

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