Project Mala - Sponsor a child in India to eliminate child labor

Our Mission

A happy childhood is the foundation of life and school days are an important part of a child’s formative years.  Unfortunately large numbers of children in India’s carpet weaving belt start work at an age when western children are starting school.  To deal with this problem Project Mala was founded in 1989 to provide a three year non-formal education course to children.  Our aim is to help eradicate the use of child labour on the carpet weaving looms and enable working children to regain their lost childhood.  Currently we have nearly 1,500 children in our three pre-schools, six primary, three middle and one secondary schools in India.

Founded: 1989 in UK
Project Site: Uttar Pradesh State in India
On going schools: three pre-schools, six primary, three middle & one secondary schools
No. of students getting education: nearly 1,500


Felicity Kendal CBE
The Maharaja of Benares
Mark Tully
Sir Mark Tully OBE
Lady Young
Lady Young
Madi Wenreib
Madeline Weinrib
Obeetee Pvt. Ltd.
Surya Carpets Ltd.

Trustees of Project Mala

Project Mala UK

  • Robin Garland MBE (Chairman)
  • David Hopton MD FRCS
  • Patrick Scott MA PGCE
  • George Robinson BA (Treasurer)
  • Anne Bate BA PGCE DipSpLD (Education Adviser)
  • Karen Brook BSc(Honours) PGCE

Project Mala USA Inc.

  • Neville Platt
  • Robin Garland MBE
  • Audrey Platt


  • Facilitating personal growth through education and rehabilitation training
  • Providing physical improvement through healthcare and nutrition
  • Mainstreaming the children into formal education system
  • Poorest and physically disabled are given priority
  • No discrimination between boys and girls

Operational Area

Traditional carpet belt in the Mirzapur/Bhadohi district near the holy city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.