RUGMARK USA AWARDED $440,000 BY SKOLL FOUNDATION
Washington, DC – March 18, 2005 – Rugmark USA announced today that it has won the 2005 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in the amount of $440,000.
Rugmark’s mission is to end illegal child labor in the handmade
carpet industry and offer educational opportunities to children in India,
Nepal, and Pakistan. The Skoll funding, which covers a three-year period,
is for expanding U.S. consumer awareness about Rugmark-certified, child
labor-free rugs. The project is expected to result in the rescue of
thousands of South Asian children from forced labor and offer them the
chance to go to school.
“It’s an incredible honor to be selected as a Skoll Foundation awardee,” said Smith. “The grant funds will enable us to reach consumers on a much broader scale and offer them the choice to purchase rugs that aren’t tainted by child exploitation and help to pay for education instead.” Smith believes Rugmark’s specific mission will also draw attention to broader human rights concerns in overseas manufacturing.
The Skoll Foundation’s mission is to advance systemic change benefiting communities around the world by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs, who are individuals dedicated to creating new solutions that result in lasting improvements to complex social problems.
“We have cast our net far and wide to find the world’s
best social entrepreneurs,” said Sally Osberg, President and CEO
of the Skoll Foundation. “Rugmark is tackling a complex social
problem in order to promote healthy, sustainable communities.”