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Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery

by Fondation Limye Lavi
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
Model Communities Protecting Children from Slavery
A time for learning, a time to practice his learning, a time to share his work with others. After the training on handicrafts organized by the Foundation Limye Lavi for young people with the leaders of the "KomAnTim" committee on 26 and 28 January 2017, the Foundation encouraged young people to maintain school activities and also to apply the technical knowledge acquired During training activities.
From January to June, young people, despite the emphasis on school activities, continue to develop craft activities. All young people produce suitcases during the last training. They continue to work on the realization of the following materials: bracelets, sandals, belts ...
Many people in the community are starting to appreciate and value the work of young people. For example, many people
 Buy the craft materials that young people produce.
At the end of June, from 25 to 28 June, the Limye Lavi Foundation, as part of its exchange program, was visited by a group of young foreigners in one of the communities with which the Foundation works. This was an opportunity for this group to seize the opportunity to appreciate the work of young people.
Realized in collaboration with the organization in the United States "Faith and Money Network", these visitors came from several places in the United States: Washington, Vermont, ...... .. to learn and also to support the activities of the Foundation. The group consisted of 12 people. It was a good opportunity for them to discover the country, to learn about community life and to familiarize themselves with the work of the Foundation and the community members involved in protecting the rights of children and women's rights.
The group arrived in the country on Friday 23 June in Port-au-Prince, which is the capital of the country. On Sunday 25 June, the group entered Jacmel, where the foundation is based.
The group visited the city and met with representatives of the Foundation for initial knowledge and exchange on the Foundation's mission, objectives, and accomplishments.
On Monday morning (June 26th), the group went to the community of Ma to spend a few days with families.
The community of Ma is located in the commune of Bainet in the department of the South-East. Bainet is at a distance of about 2 hours by car to the town of Jacmel.
From Bainet to Ma (where cars can reach), the distance is about 1 hour, followed by 20 minutes on foot. The road was difficult and most of the members decided to walk.
After a few moments' pause for a long and tiring journey, members of the delegation arrived in Ma, where the population was very mobilized to wait for them.
The delegation was part of the different peasant families to live and enjoy the local culture and learn from community life.
 Families welcomed visitors with great joy. After a well-deserved rest, the visitors, each in their repeating families, visited the community, went swimming in the river, accompanied the peasant families to feed the animals.
The next day in the morning, a major meeting was held with community explain to the visitors what they are doing to defend and protect children's rights and improve the economic situation of families and women.
On Wednesday evening, the young people of the community came in large numbers for an important cultural event. As activities, there was a recital of music, Songs. They were applauded warmly. Visitors, members of the community had put their talents to create a beautiful atmosphere.
The visitors had a real immersion experience which facilitated a beautiful immersion.
 Members of the family and the community accompanied the visitors on Thursday, June 29, to regain the road to Jacmel with a manifest regret.
Thursday evening, it was time for representatives of the Limye Lavi Foundation to meet the group's visitors. An exchange of the experience with the MA community and the follow-up of the visit was on the agenda with the visitors.
Most of them are planning to return to Haiti to continue learning about the reality of our communities and the work of the Foundation.
This visit allowed the Foundation to further appreciate its work with young people and enabled the Ma community to build bridges to facilitate exchanges and opportunities. The Foundation will continue to support young people in the communities by helping them to develop their talents and strengthen their technical skills.

Artisans Training: Sowing and Reaping

Last June-July 2016, FLL started artisanal activities with youths in two communities in the Southeast Department. Those activities have started giving results.
On a total of twenty youngs people trained, 19 continued with the practice. The young people created belts, sandals, phone cases, bracelets, etc. They gave some of those items to friends, family members, and sell them in order to earn money.
In the community of Ma, two youths, Junior(not the real name), Jean (not the real name), have been particularly successful in making bracelets, and selling them for 25 to 50 HTG each.
Junior (not the real name) used part of the money earned to pay part of his school tuition. He wants to keep selling, make more money, and continue paying school. He is a former student of our accelerated education program and is completing the second basic cycle. He hopes to also learn how to make solar panels, based on the community need for electricity. He believes he can make more money and serve his community at the same time.
While in Ma the young people have put the emphasis on economic development, their counterparts in the community of Gou have focused on training, sharing their skills with other youths who haven't the opportunity to participate at the trainings. Three of them participated in in FLL’s second training round that took place last 26 to 28 January 2017.
Overall, there were 18 participants in that training, with ( 8)eight from Ma, (2) two women from KomAnTim (creole word meaning Child Protection Committee) leaders have been participated at the training. In total 20 people (11 teenage girls, and 9 teenage boys) . The objective was to increase the skills of participants, enabling them to produce sandals and handbags.
Over the three days, each person created at least two pair of sandals: one for them, and the other one for FLL. A sole maker was hired to finish the shoes. The plan is to purchase the sole machine, allowing the young people to complete the sandals making process themselves.
For the shoes collected, FLL will organize a fair, as an opportunity for the public to purchase them. Those funds will go back to the artisans.
Unfortunately, the 3-day workshop did not allow enough time to complete the creation of handbags, but the KomAnTim leaders were given the necessary materials, and will oversee these activities. They will report to FLL on the progress.
FLL is also facilitating collaboration between the young artisans and more experienced people, as another way to increase their skills. For example, FLL organized a meeting with AVS, an association of artisans from Solino (Port au Prince) last December 28, as part of an exchange program between AVS and the community of GOU.
Like FLL, AVS also enjoys support from IAF.
The young people would very much to do a return visit to AVS, to maintain the relationship and continue the learning opportunities.

Community Model Project Report
The young people who were trained in craft-making last July are continuing to work, even as the harvest season arrives.
 
Those young people are working at home, under on-line supervision by KomAnTim (Comunity Child Protection ) . That lead trainer is monitoring their progress, while collaborating with Fondasyon Limye Lavi.
 
All 20 youths are applying the skills they learned, making handbags, bracelets, sandals, belts, etc. They have on-going communication with the trainer, who is available for any questions they may encounter in their work.
 
The trainer shared with Fondasyon Limye Lavi that this group of young people are unique in their enthusiasm: she never had a group so motivated!
 
She expressed a strong desire to continue the training with them. According to her, a second level is highly desirable. It would consist of three (3) days. So Fondasyon Limye Lavi is planning those additional training days for the first trimester of the new year.
 
Fondasyon Limye Lavi will also organize a fair to exhibit the items for partners and the public in general, and facilitate exchanges with other groups of artists.
 
In the community of  Gou, one the youths made and offered a telephone pouch to the leader of the community, after realizing that he did not have one for his telephone: the man really appreciated the gesture toward him,  and has mentioned that gift several times:
“It was an encouragement to continue working with the community.”
Global Giving Report

May-August 2016

The psychosocial support and education have been the top priorities of the Foundation for the children returning from domestic servitude for the trimester. The Foundation had, during the trimester:

(a) continued therapy activities with children in the communities of Haut Geffray and Bas Geffray,

(b) assessed the psychosocial support needs of young people / teenagers of two new communities (Gout, Fonds Bourgeois),

(c) continued to accompany children in accelerated education classes and (d) conducted small-scale training of vulnerable young people from the Gout and Marre communities.

 Therapy activities begun in Haut and Geffray ended in April. The young children said at the end of the sessions that they are released from their traumas.

 Case of two youth (1 in Bas-Geffray 1 Haut- Geffray) who testified to the transformation brought by the therapy on their lives.

 1-  Jean Marc (not the real name), a 16-year's old boy from Bas Geffray community, who lived two years in domestic servitude (2013-2015) said at the end of the last meeting: "I was very happy with the work you had done with me. I got a lot of benefit. I learned to forgive, to forget what they did wrong to me. I have the ability now to think about my future. I am happy. With the therapy activities, I feel totally liberated despite the fact I could not go to school this year because of the precarious economic situation of my parents. I believe that Jesus will help me get there the next year. "

 2 .- Antoine Pierre( not the real name), a 16-year's old boy from HautGeffray, who lived two years in domestic service (2013-2015). He abandoned the family he lived with because of the abuse he suffered. At the final session of therapy, Antoine said: "I feel liberated from my traumas. I was always ashamed to meet Mr. Louisbert (the head of the host family) because it was me making the decision to leave his home. I felt guilty. Now I am not ashamed. I know that I made the right decision (the decision to defend my rights). I know that I should not allow anybody to violate my rights. I have the ability to meet face to face Mr. Louisbert, to shake his hands whether he decides to answer me or not. » 

The sessions of therapy are completed, a psychosocial facilitator had conducted a pre-test with the young people / teenagers of Gou and Fonds Bourgeois communities to assess their needs in psychosocial support. Twenty-six youth (26)/ teens have passed the test: eighteen (18) in Gou Community and 8 in Fond Bourgeois community. Of the twenty-six (26), only one teenager in Fund Bourgeois was identified as needing individual therapy. For others, the facilitator find it is a priority to organize training sessions on social behavior and sexuality.

Between June 28 and July 2, the Foundation also held a week of training for twenty (20) young people who had previously taken accelerated classes from the Marre and Gout communities and four (4) directors of KomAnTim (Committee of Child Protection ) of of the same communities. The young people learned during the week to make bracelets, belts and sandals. The young people received a hardware kit to keep working after the training. A new session will be organized for them at the end of 2016 if Limyè Lavi find the financial support to make it happen.

Monitoring activities were held with children who received a grant from the Foundation for the accelerated education program at the new school of Jean Marie Vincent in Marre community. The salary for the teacher working in the room was paid. The assessment of student learning was made at the end of the academic year. Eleven (11) students (4 girls, 7 boys) completed the academic year. Eight (8) students, a percentage of 72.72% of them have passed the examinations. These students will enter at the 3rd fundamental cycle in the month of September.

One of the main reasons parents in rural areas send their children into the restavek system is for them to access education. Economically poor rural families cannot afford to pay school, buy books, uniforms and all the materials their children need to go to school. Generally, when children are sent into the restavek system, their parents are ensured that they will be sent to school. However, in reality, they rarely are.

This means that the majority of children who come out of the restavek system don’t know how to read or write. Limyè Lavi Foundations helps former restavek children, who are back in their home communities, to get an education. Since November 2015, thanks to the contributions made on the Global Giving platform, Limyè Lavi has been helping a group of 13 former restavek children to go to a local school in their community. There, they are in an ‘accelerated program’, where they are able to catch up on all the schooling they missed. The 13 kids (3 girls and 9 boys) were able to do official exams in December and 9 out of them passed. Limyè Lavi is continuing to work closely with the school to provide teacher training and to meet other needs. As well as the children in the accelerated program, we are providing education for 7 vulnerable teenagers, 5 of which are former restavek children who returned to their families with the help of Limyè Lavi’s model community program. We continue to work closely with these children and to support them in preparing for the future.

Illiteracy is one consequence of the restavek system. Another important consequence is trauma, as a result of the abuse these children endure. When they return to their families, many of them show signs of post-traumatic stress. In order to help these children deal with trauma, Limyè Lavi offers a psycho-social program for them. Since February 2016, one of our staff members, a professional therapist, has been working with a group of children from 2 of our model communities.

Individual therapy sessions were provided to 11 children in the various communities we assist. The sessions had been taking place every week, and came to an end in May. It was clear, through our evaluations, that the children who attended made enormous progress with their mental health. At the end of the psycho-social children’s program, Limyè Lavi met with the parents of the children who attended to explain the activities and to inform them on how they can continue to help their children at home.

 

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Fondation Limye Lavi

Location: Jacmel - Haiti
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Fondasyon Limye Lavi
Jacmel, Haiti

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