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School, Not Slavery, for Haitian Children



Older Haitian children who haven't had the chance to begin school are excluded from ever starting school. Schools reserve 1st grade for young children. These older kids not only grow up illiterate, they are at great risk for being sent away into domestic servitude where they face abuse and neglect. Beyond Borders helps schools develop accelerated education classes where students complete two years of school each year. Parents often retrieve children from slavery to enroll them in these classes.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

There just aren't enough schools in rural Haiti. The few schools that exist are often too far away for young children to reach by foot, delaying their enrollment. But once children reach ten without beginning school they rarely get the chance to ever start school because most schools restrict enrollment in 1st grade to younger kids. These unschooled youth not only grow up illiterate, they are also at great risk for being sent away to the city to live in a modern form of slavery called restavek.

How will this project solve this problem?

Beyond Borders helps schools develop accelerated education classes designed just for over-aged children. Students complete two years of the national curriculum in a single year and are eventually mainstreamed with children their own age. Parents not only decide not to send their children into servitude, they retrieve children they've already sent away and enroll them in these schools. This is part of our effort to help villages guarantee every child an education and stop their flow into slavery.

Potential Long Term Impact

Children who would otherwise be left behind in their education can catch up to their peers and eventually mainstreamed with students their age. Some children who would otherwise be sent away to work for other families remain with their parents, and some parents retrieve children they've already sent away. Education programming prepares students to build better lives and stronger communities.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $10,229

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $10,229 .  The original project funding goal was $12,000.



Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Beyond Borders

Washington, DC, United States

Project Leader

David Diggs

Washington, DC United States

Where is this project located?

Map of School, Not Slavery, for Haitian Children
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