The Carpet Export Promotion Council has also undertaken welfare measures to tackle this problem. All the Members of the Council have helped create a Child Welfare Fund by contributing for a considerable period of time 0.25% of the sales value of carpets exported by them. This fund is used for welfare activities for children in handmade carpet weaving villages. These activities include a provision of free education including a mid day meal, vocational training for children and an assured stipend to encourage children to attend school and medical care for weaver families. The Council is supporting reputed NGOs to run special schools for the wards of carpet weavers in the areas which lack a Government School in proximity. These schools are specially focused on the mainstreaming of the drop-out children of weavers families by providing the complete primary education through a compressed 3 year course. Besides free text books, school bags, school uniforms, school shoes & socks and mid day meal. The children are also given a stipend of Rs. 150/- per month. So far, around 100 such schools have already completed the three ?year course, benefiting over 5000 children of the weaver families in the carpet belt of Eastern UP. Presently CEPC is running Nine (09) Schools in Child Prone areas of Bhadohi / Mirzapur Carpet Belt under the Welfare Scheme of this Council.