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Education and Health for Carpet Knotting Families

Many people talk about child labour. And we do something to prevent it!

C & F is an industry initiative of the European carpet trade and, therefore, the forum of an engaged and responsible part of the industry.

'Wherever the social situation has improved and children have had a school they could attend, child labour has disappeared.'
- TERRE DES HOMMES -
 
'Not all child labour is bad, because day-to-day child co-operation is for many families a necessity to survive.'
- UNICEF -
 
Against the background of such realizations the worldwide association
C & F - Carpet Trade Against Child Labour was founded in September 1994 by socially engaged carpet traders and since manages industry-related help for self-help with which illegal child labour is combated and with which the situation of the weavers and their families will be improved in the carpet producing areas of India, Nepal and Pakistan.
 
C & F today has approximately 400 members in 21 consumer countries and
3 countries of origin. 
 
We want:         
  • Abolition of illegal child labour in India, Nepal and Pakistan.
  • To create better living conditions for carpet knotting families.
  • Socially acceptable production. Our members accept only goods produced at socially acceptable conditions.
  • Take over social responsibility and give an example that serves everyone.

At present, C & F supports 13 schools, 8 adult education centres and 5 day care clinics in India, Nepal and Pakistan.