Foreign visitors learning from the people of Ma
Main events to take place over the last three months:
- Accelerated education program
- Veterinary training
- Cultural exchange visit
- Preparations for ‘Skills for young people project’
It has been a busy and fulfilling three months for the Limye Lavi Foundation! Our model community program continues to run and advance in each of our 9 communities. We have been receiving feedback from our beneficiaries about the advancement of our various projects, after their training sessions with us during the summer. Our model communities keep going from strength to strength and we are tremendously proud of the work they have done, and inspired by their determination to continue. We are humbled by the knowledge that this has been made possible through our generous supporters who have given us the ability to reach the people in these isolated communities and to provide them with awareness and training. For this we thank you all for your donations and/or support in every way that it has come to us. Your help really does make a difference in the lives of some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people on the planet.
We have already seen hundred of children come out of slavery and return to their families, and we will continue to ensure that they remain safe and in education.
One of the main branches of our program is the Accelerated Education project. Through this, children who have returned home from their experiences as Restavek domestic slaves, have been able to not only catch up, but also complete their primary education, allowing them to reach the same level as their peers in half the time.
A new class started in October, 2015 in one of our communities. This class comprises of 13 students, of which 4 are girls and 9 are boys. They are in what we term locally as Level 3. Limye Lavi staff members have been present in the launching of this class to supervise the quality of the teaching and to evaluate the progress of the students. This work is still ongoing, and we are prepared to respond to any issues through continuous teacher training.
Another project, which is in its fourth week of running, is our veterinary training module. Members of each community have been attending training sessions in the Limye Lavi offices regarding caring for their animals. Animals are a vital part of the rural economy and their care and well-being goes hand in hand with the agricultural training we have been providing. Just as it is important to produce food for the animals, it is crucial that the animals can be cared for correctly. Animals like cows, goats, pigs and chickens provide farmers with security. They can rear their animals and sell them at the market when the time comes. Animals are also important in the agro-economy and play an important part in rural ecosystems.
Just as all the aspects of rural life and economy depend on each other and aliment each other, so do our projects. They all work in tangent. The reasons behind the Restavek system are complex and interwoven, and this is why we aim to address the root causes in such a holistic and thorough way, using education and agricultural projects.
The final event which took place in the organisation’s recent activity was a cultural exchange trip. A group of visitors from overseas came to visit and stay in one of our model communities. The eleven visitors were housed with local people in their homes and took part in the Haitian people’s daily activities. This type of cultural exchange is of great benefit not only to the visitors, who learn about the realities of life in rural Haiti, but also for the local people who form friendships and bonds with foreigners. This is a great help for the morale of the community, and leaves people feeling proud and accomplished. It was an opportunity for Limye Lavi and the community to assess how far they have come as they presented the program details to the group.
Limye Lavi Foundation is in the process of organising its skills for young people project. The communities are preparing to take the project on board, and training materials are being developed. We are still some way off meeting our financial goal for this important and creative project to be possible, so we invite you, as supporters, to learn more about our work and to help if you can. Even the smallest amount can make a difference. As the Haitian proverb says, ‘Pise krapo ede larivyè koule’ – Even a frog’s pee helps the river flow!
Music making during the cultural exchange trip
One of our model communities, the area of Ma