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Akkas was sold into bondage as a young child, forced to trade his dreams and his education for hard labor and constant hunger. Today, his laughter tells a different story. It's a story of hope, mirrored in the lives of thousands of other children whose lives have been transformed. More>
FACES OF FREEDOM ?
The collection of work by internationally acclaimed photographer U. Roberto Romano reveals stories of former child weavers and their journey from moments of exploitation and desperation to opportunities of rehabilitation and education.
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Read about children who are now enjoying their childhoods. Instead of spending long days for little or no pay working on weaving looms, they are attending school preparing for their futures.
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The Plain Dealer - Cleveland.com, "How to know if a product was made in a sweatshop," by Sheryl Harris, December 14, 2008  More>
CNN.com, "Inaugural Alumni Meeting for Principal Voices," November 21, 2008. More>
PBS NOW "Interview: Dr. David Parker on Child Labor ", November 14, 2008 More>

 
 
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Lizz Greer’s artisan rugs are so much more than elegant home furnishings. They are unique works of art intended for the most discriminating homeowners and private collectors. They offer an opportunity to explore images, feelings, and perspectives in any environment. Designed exclusively by Lizz, each artisan rug is an experience in culture and emotion, and an investment in beauty and sophistication, as well as social responsibility: Every Lizz Greer creation carries the RugMark label to ensure that children were not exploited. More >

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RugMark’s new How to Buy a Rug guide now makes it easier for individuals to buy handmade rugs that are both visually beautiful and ethically made.  The guide, which distills the often daunting process of purchasing a handmade rug into five steps, stresses the importance of selecting a carpet that is made by skilled adult artisans. More >
 
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