Children's Stories: Gopal

Gopal grew up in a poor and violent home in Nepal’s central Makawanpur district, not far from Kathmandu. In a story we hear all too frequently, his father would spend all of his wages from farming on alcohol, return home drunk, and beat Gopal’s mother and often Gopal as well.

Gopal fled to Kathmandu at age 13 and joined his older brothers in a carpet factory. He wove carpets for three months before GoodWeave loom inspectors found him on June 2, 2011. Gopal moved into GoodWeave’s rehabilitation center. Though his upbringing and the harsh environment of the factory had left him antagonistic, today Gopal is fitting in well and happy that he has a chance to study.  -->