Project Mala was founded in 1989 as an action programme for the abolition of child labour in the hand knotted carpet industry in India. They provide education for children in the carpet weaving belt. Their programmes include education up to secondary school level, hot midday meal for all children and healthcare facilities. 80% of their funding comes from individual child sponsors. The John Lewis Foundation supported their ‘nutrition programme’, funding the provision of a free midday meal for all of Project Mala’s schools for one year.