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.
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