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Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti

by Beyond Borders
Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti
Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti
Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti
Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti
Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti
Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti
Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti
Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti
Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti
Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti
Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti
You are making a difference for girls like Abi.
You are making a difference for girls like Abi.

Thank You for Your Generous Support to Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti!

Your generous support is expanding the use of innovative strategies to prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG) and balance power between women and men and girls and boys, improve girls' access to educational opportunities and make schools safer, and end child slavery, which disproportionally traps girls.

Thank you again for your kind and thoughtful gift!

A Particularly Challenging Moment in Haiti.

You may have heard that this is a particularly challenging time in Haiti. A massive protest movement is demanding the resignation of the president, who has been implicated in a corruption scandal. Much of the country has been paralyzed by protests. 

Our team is feeling a heightened urgency to their work, as the extreme stress of a prolonged and seemingly unending political crisis like this often contributes to a spike in domestic violence, particularly against women and girls. 

I’m proud of my colleagues in Haiti who are doing everything they can to continue our work in this difficult time. They believe deeply in our mission and they are responding to the challenge of this crisis with courage and commitment. Your continued solidarity and generosity strengthens and fortifies them in their work.

You are Making a Difference for Girls Like Abi.

Despite the current crisis, your support is making a difference for girls like 12-year-old Abi. She's in the sixth grade at a school on Lagonav Island that is part of Beyond Borders' Schools Not Slavery network. Thankfully, schools on Lagonav Island like Abi’s have remained open during the current political crisis.

"I love mathematics," Abi told us just last week when we visited her school. “I want to work in a bank when I grow up,” she added.

Your generous support is expanding initiatives to increase access to quality schools for girls like Abi and make schools safer, organize communities to end child slavery, and balance power between women and men and girls and boys too.

The kinds of initiatives that you are making possible include: training for teachers in nonviolent classroom management techniques; support to train and organize Child Protection Brigades and chapters of our Adult Survivors Network; and the continued expansion of Beyond Borders' SASA! and Power To Girls programming, to equip schools, parents, and grassroots leaders with the skills they need to organize their communities to prevent VAWG and empower girls to be at the forefront of the change process.

We’re Growing the Movement to Prevent VAWG -- Thanks to You!

With your generous support, Beyond Borders has delivered short and long-term training and technical support to more than 30 Haitian human rights organizations in the last year and a half on the Power to Girls and SASA! methodologies, and printed SASA! and Power to Girls toolkits and communications resources for use by organizations.

Created by our friends at Raising Voices, SASA! (Start, Awareness, Support, Action) is a ground-breaking, internationally-recognized model of community-mobilization to stop violence against women and the spread of HIV. Engaging all actors in the community — women, men, cultural and religious leaders, local officials, police, health-care providers — SASA! fosters critical reflection on gender and power and instigates local-level activism.

This training is building the capacity of local organizations to organize communities to prevent VAWG, and ensure that women and girls live free from discrimination and inequalty.

Here’s some of what your generous support has made possible in the last year and a half:

  1. Short courses -- Five short courses delivered to staff of more than 30 organizations working in the fields of women’s rights and/or human rights, providing 21 days of workshops. Organizations select from various training offerings, including community mobilization, the various phases of SASA! or Power to Girls, or other themes related to preventing VAWG and HIV.
  2. Training for long-term technical support partners -- Seven capacity-building workshops delivered over 24 days to five long-term technical support partners in varying stages of acquiring, implementing, and evaluating SASA! in their communities. Workshops supported capacity building in Awareness, Support, and Action Phases, and on advocacy techniques as well as monitoring and evaluation, specifically database management.
  3. Ongoing long-term technical support -- Ongoing technical support provided to five long-term technical support partners, including countless coaching phone calls, 16 days of site visits to coach partners and support training of community activists in their communities.
  4. Exchange visits -- Four exchange visits facilitated for technical support partners to promote learning and network building. Visits were hosted by Beyond Borders in Jacmel and Lavale, where technical support partners learned about their roles as Local Activism staff by shadowing BB staff in community activities and also sharing experiences and challenges.
  5. Communications materials -- Thousands of pages of Power to Girls and SASA! Communications Materials, including toolkits, posters, and Quick Chat tools printed and distributed to technical support partners to facilitate activities in their own communities.
  6. New technical support partner prospecting -- Methodologies and technical support programming promoted with a view to recruit prospective technical support partner organizations. BB sought to identify at least four new long-term partners ready to use SASA! or Power to Girls in their own communities. In addition to short courses which serve as targeted publicity for long-term partnership, BB used radio and BB’s Rethinking Power Creole-language website to publicize the opportunity. The team also finalized a video explaining the two methodologies and the technical support opportunities. Additionally, staff travelled to Jérémie and Les Cayes in the south and southwest departments of Haiti to introduce the two methodologies and technical support opportunities to women’s organizations and coalitions.
  7. SASA! Faith adaptation for Haiti -- SASA! Faith materials to engage religious leaders in the movement to prevent VAWG were co-created by Trócaire and Raising Voices and co-authored by Beyond Borders’ Sara Siebert in her capacity as a Technical Advisor with Raising Voices. BB began testing sermon guides with Christian religious leaders with a view to revise, adapt and finalize for use in Haiti in coming months.

Thank You Again!

Your continued support and solidarity are building the movement to prevent violence against women and girls and ensure that every day more and more girls in Haiti are growing up free, educated, and empowered. If you have any questions about what you read in this report, please contact Brian Stevens, Beyond Borders’ Donor Engagement Director, at (305) 450-2561 or b.stevens@beyondborders.net. Thank you again!

BB staffer Maude leads a preventing VAWG training.
BB staffer Maude leads a preventing VAWG training.
Preventing VAWG materials used at a training.
Preventing VAWG materials used at a training.
A page from the SASA! Faith guide to prevent VAWG.
A page from the SASA! Faith guide to prevent VAWG.
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You're making school safe for girls like Selimene.

Your Generous and Thoughtful Support is Creating Lasting Change for Girls

Thank you again for your generous and thoughtful support for Beyond Borders’ Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti project on Global Giving. We are so grateful!

Your generous support is expanding work to improve access to educational opportunities for girls’ and make schools safer; end child slavery, which disproportionately traps girls; and train and mobilize activists in communities across Haiti to prevent violence against women and girls. Thank you for making this work possible!

You are Making School Safer for Girls Like Selimene

Today, girls in Haiti are more likely to experience sexual violence than to enroll in high school. Your gift is changing this for girls like Selimene though, reducing the risks they face by expanding our Power To Girls programming to reach more schools, more communities, and more girls.

Through your generous gift, you are joining Selimene, girls like her, and Beyond Borders’ Rethinking Power Team in building the movement to prevent violence against women and girls, to balance power between women and men and girls and boys, and to ensure that every girl lives free from violence and inequality. Thank you again!

Power To Girls Puts Girls at the Forefront of the Change Process

Selimene is a senior at a Catholic high school in southern Haiti. She remembers the day when Beyond Borders’ Rethinking Power Team held a meeting for parents about the Power To Girls program.

“At first my parents didn't understand what Rethinking Power and Power To Girls was about,” Selimene said. Then they went to a meeting organized by Beyond Borders and afterwards they said they that I could participate in Power To Girls.”

Power to Girls recognizes schools as institutions with both power over girls’ lives in the here-and-now and the power to shape future social norms in a community.

Beyond Borders created Power To Girls to put girls at the forefront of the change process, and to help boys become key allies.

A Toolkit Designed to Create Deep and Lasting Change in Schools and Communities

To do this, Power To Girls includes a complete, three-year methodology to integrate lessons on equality and preventing gender-based violence in to the school curriculum, including sample lesson plans for social science, biology and language teachers.

Power To Girls also includes a guide to help schools and communities create and support local girls’ groups, and a set of community organizing tools designed to create deep and lasting change among adults too.

By equipping girls and boys and school and civic leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to influence attitudes and behaviors related to girls’ safety and voice, schools and communities can address the root cause of violence against women and girls: gender-power imbalances.

“Once we started using Power To Girls at my school, things started to change.”

“Before Power To Girls came to our school, neither boys nor girls understood how to use their power -- and we girls didn't even think we had any power,” Selimene said. “There was an inequality between girls and boys. Once we started using Power To Girls at my school, things started to change.”

Power To Girls understands that boys have a role to play in the change process too. By actively engaging boys through Power to Girls, they are learning how to balance power with girls and treat them with respect.

“This is how girls can build power,” said Wesley, a classmate of Selimene’s who also takes part in Power To Girls. “The Power To Girls program at school is a good initiative … for all students.”

Thank you again for making the work of Power To Girls possible!

30 Girls and Boys Freed From Slavery and Brought Home by Their Parents

Your support is also making the work to end child slavery, which disproportionately traps girls, possible. Thanks to the community mobilization and intervention work of Child Protection Brigades and Adult Survivors of Child Slavery groups that you help make possible in 16 communities, 30 girls and boys were freed from slavery and situations of abuse and reunited with their families in the past three months. Thank you!

More than 500 Activists Trained to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls

Your gift is also supporting training for activists throughout Haiti who are working to prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG). From April through June, a total of 534 activists received technical support training to engage their fellow community members in conversations to promote balanced power and to prevent VAWG.

On Lagonav Island, five communities – Bouziyèt, Masikren, Fonnèg, Chenkontan, and Gransous – continued their work in the Awareness Phase – the second of the four phase program we use to balance power between women and men known as SASA!*

A total of 420 SASA! activists (215 women) were trained in these five communities. We are now preparing to conduct rapid assessments to gauge these five communities’ readiness to enter the third phase –the Support Phase.

In two additional communities on Lagonav Island – Nan Kafe and Matènwa – Beyond Borders continues to support 114 community activists and network members to conduct VAWG prevention activities as part of the Action Phase – the fourth and final phase of SASA!

Thank you for making the work to prevent violence against women and girls possible!

*Created by our friends at Raising Voices, SASA! (Start, Awareness, Support, Action) is a ground-breaking, internationally-recognized model of community-mobilization to stop violence against women and the spread of HIV. Engaging all actors in the community — women, men, cultural and religious leaders, local officials, police, health-care providers — SASA! fosters critical reflection on gender and power and instigates local-level activism.

Thank You Again!

Thank you again for your generous support for Beyond Borders’ Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti project on Global Giving. You are building the movement to prevent violence against women and girls in Haiti through your generous and thoughtful support. We are grateful for your generosity, your care, and your concern. If you have any questions about what you read in this report, please feel free to contact Brian Stevens, Beyond Borders Donor Engagement Director, at b.stevens@beyondborders.net or at (305) 450-2561.

Power To Girls is in more schools thanks to you!
Power To Girls is in more schools thanks to you!
Boys like Wesley can help balance power in school.
Boys like Wesley can help balance power in school.
A preventing VAWG local activist at work.
A preventing VAWG local activist at work.
Adult survivors talk about ending child slavery.
Adult survivors talk about ending child slavery.
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Ketly & her sisters are in school, thanks to you!
Ketly & her sisters are in school, thanks to you!

Thank You for Your Generous Support

Your generous support for Beyond Borders’ Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Haiti project on GlobalGiving is making a difference for girls like 12-year-old Ketly.*

“Our school fees are paid, the roof on our house doesn’t leak anymore, and we don’t fight anymore,” Ketly said in describing how life has changed thanks to a Beyond Borders’ initiative that is equipping moms like hers with the skills, training, and resources they need to lift their families out of extreme poverty.

Empowering moms to break the cycle of extreme poverty means that they can afford to send their daughters to school -- and girls like Ketly, who previously missed school because her mom couldn't afford school fees, now gets the chance to go to school and become a powerful force for change.

Globally, an extra year of primary school is proven to boost girls' eventual wages by 20%, and an extra year of secondary school adds 25%, making economies more fair and prosperous for all. Research shows that educated girls like Ketly become empowered women who reinvest 90% of their income in their families, paying school tuition, buying food, books, and medicine.

“Our future is going to be good because we’re in school,” Ketly said.

*We’ve changed her name to protect her privacy.

You are Building a Movement in Haiti to Empower Girls

Building the movement to empower girls requires multiple approaches, from efforts designed to end violence against girls and the exploitation of girls in schools, to initiatives that equip families with the skills and resources they need to provide for themselves and send their children to school, to trainings that organize communities to stop the flow of children in to domestic servitude and balance power between women and men.

That’s why with your generous support we are expanding work to improve access to educational opportunities for girls’ like Ketly and make schools safer; end child slavery, which disproportionately traps girls; and train and mobilize activists in communities across Haiti to prevent violence against women and girls. Thank you for making this work possible!

Highlighted Achievements Made Possible with Your Support

Your generosity made the following achievements possible from January-March 2019:

Improving Access to Educational Opportunities for Girls and Making Schools Safer - Unschooled children are among the most at-risk of being sent away to live with other families and becoming trapped in slavery. Child Protection Brigades provided financial support to 51 girls and boys in this period to ensure that they could go to school.

But ensuring access to school for unschooled children is only part of the solution.

Your gift also continues to support efforts to expand the use of our Power to Girls toolkit. Designed for use by schools and communities to prevent violence against girls, Power to Girls is increasing girls’ safety, voice, and agency by supporting schools and communities in an effort to rethink power imbalances between men and women, and girls and boys, creating new social norms around gender equality.

“Sometimes we find instances of boys harassing girls,” said Sister Marie, the principal at St. Paul Catholic School in Jacmel, which is using Power to Girls. “Now we can stop it in its tracks. We know how to talk to them.”

Marie-Carmel is a teacher at St. Paul and attended school there herself as a child. “In that time there was no equality in power between girls and boys. Boys were always valued more than girls,” she said. Today Marie-Carmel uses Power to Girls in her classroom. “I see so much change that’s happened now.”

Lydia*, a student at St. Paul’s and a member of one of 16 Girls’ Clubs launched by Beyond Borders, shared what Power to Girls has taught her. “Power to Girls taught me that I have rights, that I have power, and that I have the same rights as boys,” Lydia said. “Before I participated in Power to Girls activities I didn’t think I had any rights.”

Power to Girls also understands the importance boys play in the change process. By actively engaging boys through Power to Girls, they are learning how to balance power with girls and treat them with respect. In school, boys are learning that when girls live free from violence boys benefit too!

*We’ve changed her name to protect her privacy.

Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls - Thanks to your support, seven communities on Lagonav Island continue to work through the SASA! community mobilization programming to prevent violence against women and girls. This quarter, the communities of Nan Kafe and Matènwa entered the Action Phase, the 4th and last phase of SASA!. Masikren, Fonnèg, Chenkontan, Gransous and Bouziyèt moved into the Support Phase (the 3rd phase of SASA!).

Specific achievements include: Support Phase training held with 210 Community Activists and network leaders in Masikren, Fonnèg, Chenkontan, Gransous and Bouziyèt; Action Phase training held with 33 Community Activists in Nan Kafe and Matènwa; quarterly meetings held with participation of 86 Community Activists; and, field visits conducted to observe and support 114 Community Activists as they conducted SASA! activities with community members to advance violence against women and girls prevention efforts.

Ending Child Slavery, Which Disproportionately Traps Girls - With your support, the community mobilization and intervention work of Child Protection Brigades and Adult Survivors of Child Slavery groups continued throughout Haiti. As a result, 26 girls and boys were freed from slavery and situations of abuse and reunited with their families.

In this three month period, more than 1,500 women and men began receiving training on the dangers of sending children away to live with others -- the primary way that children in Haiti become enslaved -- different forms of child abuse, child rights, and how to take action to ensure that the rights of children are respected, including in situations of violence against children.

Additionally over the last three months, 13 workshops were conducted with Child Protection Brigades and Adult Survivor groups to test an assessment tool designed to make these groups more effective in their work to protect children from slavery and abuse and change the way that adults think about the rights of children.

Thank You Again

Your support makes the work to free, educate, and empower girls in Haiti possible. We are grateful for your generosity, your care, and your concern. If you have any questions about what you read in this report, please feel free to contact Brian Stevens, Beyond Borders Donor Engagement Director, at b.stevens@beyondborders.net or at (305) 450-2561.

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Sr. Marie's school uses the Power to Girls toolkit
Lydia using Power to Girls in her classroom.
Lydia using Power to Girls in her classroom.
Meeting with adult survivors of child slavery.
Meeting with adult survivors of child slavery.
SASA! Action Phase materials to prevent VAWG.
SASA! Action Phase materials to prevent VAWG.
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Give with confidence.

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Loudamise is in school, thanks to your generosity.
Loudamise is in school, thanks to your generosity.

We Are Grateful for Your Generous Support

We are so grateful for your generous support for Beyond Borders’ Free, Educate, & Empower Girls in Haiti project. Thanks to you, the work to train and mobilize activists in communities across Haiti to build the movement to prevent violence against women and girls; improve girls' access to educational opportunities and make schools safer; and end child slavery, which disproportionately traps girls, continues to expand.

You Make School Possible for More Girls Like Loudamise

Loudamise is a sixth-grader on Lagonav Island. At 16, Loudamise is five years older than most girls and boys in the sixth grade. She almost never got the chance to go to school at all. But thanks to your support, her school is one of 25 in Beyond Borders’ Schools Not Slavery Network where teachers are trained in a government-approved curriculum called Accelerated Education that helps students who start school late - because they were enslaved or because their parents couldn’t afford to send them to school -  to make up the grades they missed and complete their education. “My favorite subject is French, and I want to be an agronomist when I grow up,” Loudamise told us. Thank you for making an education for her and many more girls like her possible!

You Make Critically Needed Work to Prevent Violence Against Girls & Women Possible

Your support is also making critically needed violence prevention work possible in Haiti, where girls and women face high levels of violence and discrimination. One in three Haitian women has experienced some form of violence in their lifetime, and one in three girls has already experienced violence by age 18. One in five girls in Haiti reported their first sexual experience was forced. These experiences have acute and long-term consequences for survivors, as global research shows that violence against women and girls affects the mental and physical health of survivors, including an increased risk of injuries, death, unwanted pregnancy, contracting sexually transmitted diseases, mental health problems, and maternal health problems. Overall acceptance of violence against women as normal is also common, with 80% of Haitian men reporting that they think violence against women and girls is justifiable in some situations. But your support is making the work to change all this possible.

More Than 67,000 Women and Men Reached by Community Activists Since 2010

With support from you and people like you, since 2010, more than 1000 community activists and civic and religious leaders from 20 communities have engaged neighbors in a multi-year community mobilization process to balance power between women and men, prevent violence against women and girls, and ensure equality of opportunity for girls and women. This programming has reached more than 67,000 people with dialogue and messages to transform the ways that families and communities share power between women and men, and the way that they think about and address violence against women and girls.

Building a Grassroots-Led Movement to Create Lasting, Sustainable Change

The programming that your support makes possible is designed to be led primarily by grassroots community activists trained by Beyond Borders who work completely as volunteers. By using participatory approaches that build community capacity and shift social norms, Beyond Borders engages the community itself in taking responsibility for transforming attitudes and building local movements. Communities continue to organize themselves to defend the rights of children, prevent and reduce violence against women and girls, and teach others to do the same without continued dependence on Beyond Borders.

For example, community activists and network members trained in the four-phases of the SASA! methodology that Beyond Borders uses to prevent violence against women and girls (Start, Awareness, Support, Action) seek to influence others in the course of their day-to-day lives, to teach others how to balance power between women and men, and prevent violence against women and girls. So, pastors are preaching sermons that encourage balanced power and nonviolence; teachers are transforming how they use their power in the classroom to create balanced spaces for girls as learners; health workers are changing how they serve survivors of violence; and couples are sharing how they’ve transformed the balance of power between women and men and girls and boys in their own homes.

By training and accompanying these volunteer community activists to use tools in the SASA! methodology to engage a community process, Beyond Borders is employing an ecological model to ensure engagement from people in all walks of life and from all different circles of influence. Your support makes this strategy of infiltration possible!

Your Support Makes ‘Power to Girls’, an Innovative, School-Based Violence Prevention Effort, Possible

Your support is making innovative school-based initiatives to prevent gender-based violence and balance power between women and men and girls and boys possible in Haiti. The goal of these initiatives is to increase access to school for girls and achieve a measurable reduction in violence against girls through increased knowledge and skills and changes in attitudes and behavior among teachers, school directors, and students themselves.

Power to Girls includes a school-wide process of change, recognizing schools as an institution with power over girls’ current lives and with the power to shape future social norms in a community.

The school-wide process of change includes:

  • policy shifts such as a school Code of Conduct signed by all school personnel;
  • training of and meetings with school personnel, including identification and capacity building of focal points to conduct school-based prevention activities
  • integration of the Power to Girls school curriculum in lesson plans by social science, biology and language teachers.

Highlighted Achievements From the Third Quarter of FY19

Ending Child Slavery, Which Disproportionately Traps Girls - During the quarter, Beyond Borders’ Lagonav Island Child Rights team continued mobilizing 16 communities to protect children, including working with local Child Protection Brigades and local chapters of the Adult Survivors of Child Slavery Network. 27 children (17 girls, 10 boys) were rescued from child slavery situations in these partner communities.

The National Day to End the Practice of Restavèk (Child Slavery) was observed on November 17, 2018. This important day was marked and celebrated in multiple communities with joint activities organized by Child Protection Brigades and branches of the Adult Survivor Network. More than 4,200 people participated in awareness-raising activities.

On the occasion of national day, in the Lagonav Island community of Nan Sema, Child Rights Activists conducted household visits to raise awareness about the dangers of the child slavery and to promote prevention of violence against children. They closed a week’s worth of events with a town hall meeting to invite community members to share their ideas on the situation of children and how they can become more involved in promoting children’s rights.

During the quarter, BB continued technical support programming and a funding partnership with other organizations to implement child rights mobilization in their communities. This included:

  • Refresher training held with 14 Child Rights Training facilitators,
  • Training on roles and responsibilities held with 235 individuals (195 women), including members of the Adult Survivor of Child Slavery Network and local Child Protection Brigades,
  • Four days of awareness-raising visits were conducted with 671 adults (547 women) to strengthen the Adult Survivor Network,
  • BB also continued supporting other organizations with technical and financial support to implement child rights mobilization strategies in three communal sections in Haiti’s North Department. Altogether, 3,260 residents attended training sessions and community gatherings to build the movement to end child slavery in their region. Twenty adult survivors joined the local chapter of the network.

Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls - Thanks to you, seven communities on Lagonav Island continue to work through the four-phase SASA! program to prevent violence against women and girls and balance power between women and men and girls and boys.

The communities of Nan Kafe and Matènwa have completed the assessment of Phase 3 – Support, and the results are being analyzed. The results will indicate if the communities are ready to move into the 4th and final phase – Action Phase.  The communities of Masikren, Fonnèg, Chenkontan, Gransous and Bouziyèt have completed the assessment of Phase 2 – Awareness. Positive results will mean these communities move into the Support Phase (Phase 3).

Additional achievements that your support made possible this quarter include:

  • Rapid assessments held to gauge community readiness to move to the next stage of SASA! (as described above);
  • Field visits conducted to observe and support 114 community activists as they conducted SASA! activities with community members to advance the prevention of violence against women and girls;
  • Quarterly meetings held with 114 community activists and 320 SASA! network leaders to monitor progress;
  • Training workshop on media and advocacy delivered to 70 network leaders (35 women);
  • Household visits conducted in Nan Kafe to promote concepts to prevent violence against women and girls among residents, engaging 216 people (119 women) in dialogue.

Completion of Joint Research Initiative – Beyond Borders completed a three-year collaborative research project with the University of California San Diego (UCSD), Center for Gender Equity and Health, and Raising Voices.  The project aimed to research various adaptations of the SASA! methodology (including BB’s adaptation for Haiti) as well as the effectiveness of BB’s Technical Support program as a hub for providing technical assistance to implementing organizations. The results of the research were publicly presented in Haiti in January 2019 with the aim to foster greater visibility of and support for the SASA! methodology to prevent violence against women and girls and balance power between women and men and girls and boys. BB also used the occasion to present the Power to Girls methodology to those in attendance. The published report in English will be made available after 19 February 2019.

Establishing a Relationship with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs at the National Level – BB continued to advance efforts to establish a working relationship with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. This is slow going, as repeated attempts to hold a follow-up meeting with the new Minister have failed. Some additional work behind the scenes with connections within the Ministry did allow for a phone call with the Deputy Executive Director and the Minister, who agreed to set up a meeting. Unfortunately, despite confirmation of date and time of meeting, the Minister did not show for the meeting. We have continued attempts to schedule, and have hope that this meeting will occur eventually. A working protocol for collaboration could lead to many positive outcomes!

Thank You

With your continued support, our team will continue these kinds of innovative initiatives in 2019, to reach more communities, more schools, and more grassroots leaders. Your support makes the work to free, educate, and empower girls in Haiti possible. We are grateful for your generosity, your care, and your concern. If you have any questions about what you read in this report, please feel free to contact Brian Stevens, Beyond Borders Donor Engagement Director, at b.stevens@beyondborders.net.

SASA! wants to empower all to prevent violence.
SASA! wants to empower all to prevent violence.
Community activists working to prevent violence.
Community activists working to prevent violence.
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Increasing girls' access to education @ 25 schools
Global Giving once again named BB a staff favorite
Global Giving once again named BB a staff favorite
The SASA! toolkit to prevent VAWG
The SASA! toolkit to prevent VAWG

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Organizing to end violence against women & girls.
Organizing to end violence against women & girls.

Thank You for Your Generous Support!

Thank you so much for your kind, thoughtful, and generous gift to support Beyond Borders’ Free, Educate, & Empower Girls in Haiti project on GlobalGiving.

Your gift is expanding work with grassroots leaders, leveraging their power to:

  • end child slavery, which disproportionately traps girls;
  • improve girls' access to educational opportunities and make schools safer;
  • expand efforts proven to prevent violence against girls and women and mobilize everyone in a community to balance power between women, men, and girls and boys.

534 Preventing Violence Against Women & Girls Activists Trained, 123 Child Rights Activists Trained, 16 Child Protection Brigades Trained

Your gift made it possible to train 534 women and men in the period from July-September 2018 to engage fellow community members where they live in conversations to promote balanced power and prevent violence against women and girls. Your support also helped to train 123 Child Rights Activists and 16 Child Protection Brigades (made up of 12-15 members each) to protect girls and boys from slavery, abuse, and neglect.

What Activists in Haiti are Saying About the Impact of Your Support

An activist from the community of Nan Kafe trained to prevent violence against women and girls told us: "It used to be that a man could hit his wife in my community and no one tried to stop it or even thought it was wrong. Not anymore. Today it's not acceptable and any man who tries will hear from others about it."

A fellow activist said: "Women and men are sharing in the decision-making in their households now and parents are listening to the voices of their girls equally with their boys. Men don't keep money from women like they did before. People are learning that balancing power in a family makes that family stronger and leads to better choices."

Another activist asked us to share this message with you: "We know we couldn't do this work without their support, and we hope that with more support we can reach more people in more communities with our message of equality. Thank you!"

Here’s What Your Support Made Possible This Quarter

From July through September 2018, here’s what your support made possible in Haiti:

End Child Slavery, Which Disproportionately Traps Girls

During the quarter, on Lagonav Island, your support made it possible for BB’s Child Rights team to continue mobilizing 16 communities to protect children, including working with Child Protection Brigades (CPB) and Survivors of Restavèk Network (SRN) groups. One of the strategic objectives of this effort is to grow the SRN, to further define the role of the Network and its members.

A development plan for the Network, based on collective action theory, includes three dimensions: awareness, organization, mobilization. The plan describes steps and activities over three years to get survivors organized and the network strengthened. The rural Network is currently composed of 698 members with groups in 16 BB partner communities on Lagonav Island, in 14 communities in and around Port-au-Prince, and in the North Department, where BB’s partner organization PDL is mobilizing new Survivors of Restavèk Network (SRN) groups in 44 intervention communities.

Thanks to the training that your support makes possible, Child Protection Brigades are demonstrating initiative to act on behalf of children’s rights in Lagonav communities. In Fonnèg and Tipalmis, CPBs intervened on behalf of three children who were victims of sexual assault by adult male perpetrators. CPBs supported parents as they helped their children access response services and navigated the judicial process.

In Chenkontan and Nan Kafe, CPBs paid school tuition for four children (two girls). Additionally, community members have begun to see the need to be more involved in community development and the movement to end child slavery. For example, Nan Kafe and Chenkontan have a lot of people that have shared their resources to support children to go to school. In Nan Kafe, there are ten people who have promised to contribute to send children to school. In fact, 9,000 Haitian Gourdes (HTG) was raised in Chenkontan, and 13,000 HTG in Nan Kafe. These funds are available to help pay school and purchase school supplies for more children. This is a direct result of engaging community members in their own community’s development.

Additional Outputs

  • Five children at risk (four girls) were identified by CPBs with support from BB
  • 16 CPBs were supported to identify children at risk (five children, four girls); to raise funds in their communities to help vulnerable children; and, to identify and encourage local residents who have the habit of helping children
  • 18 SRN members in Nan Kafe (16 women) and 36 SRN members in Nan Mango (31 women) attended a day-long meeting to raise awareness
  • 15 BB staff (four women) received a three-day training on foster care system to build BB staff capacity to begin identifying potential families to foster children coming out of slavery situations in Lagonav communities
  • 90 child rights activists (59 women) participated in four meetings – one in each of four communal sections – to facilitate the creation of child rights advocacy units in each section

Improve Girls' Access to Educational Opportunities and Make Schools Safer

Your gift is supporting efforts to increase access to school for girls and achieve a measurable reduction in violence against girls through increased knowledge and skills and change in attitudes and behavior among teachers, school directors, and students themselves.

In Kay Jakmèl, local activists trained by BB’s Rethinking Power program to prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG) continued their advocacy campaign toward the mandatory integration of curriculum on preventing VAWG in local schools. They engaged the school leadership of several schools toward this end, arguing for the integration and the school leadership’s support of their advocacy with the local Ministry of Education. BB’s Rethinking Power Coordinator meet with that committee four times during the period to provide input into their advocacy strategy; she also offered advocacy training to the committee and several collaborating women’s organizations and schools in the Kay Jakmèl area who are joining the committee. The training included 13 people total (4 women, 9 men) and included leadership representatives from 10 schools in the area. The team continues to communicate with the committee and listen to its needs as it advances toward its goals.

In addition, the school in Kap Wouj that piloted Power to Girls, in a community that originally implemented SASA!*, continues to live its beliefs in several ways. It re-signed the code of conduct written by school focal points during the pilot of Power to Girls, which prohibits exploitation of girls in school and intends to sign again with personnel and publicize with parents and students this September. They are currently discussing with the team how to continue to integrate Power to Girls school curriculum and activities into their coursework as part of the normal functioning of the school.

Two sets of three-day training were held in each of two partner secondary schools implementing Power to Girls, for a total of six days training for all (124) school personnel. This includes everyone from the school custodians to teachers to school directors, as they all contribute to the environment and social norms of the school. The first set of three-day training included selection of School Focal Points, who then drafted codes of conduct and established referral systems in the school for adoption in the second set of trainings. It included Phase 2 (Awareness) topics and topics unique to schools and teachers’ roles as shapers of social norms.

During the quarter, BB’s primary partner organization on Lagonav Island, the Matènwa Community Learning Center (MCLC), launched programming with five newly integrated network schools, introducing these schools for the first time to nonviolent classroom management, participative teaching methods, and Haitian Creole as a language of instruction. This approach also emphasizes equality between girls and boys in the classroom. MCLC also continued its work with 20 schools from the existing network, continuing to promote application of these nonviolent, inclusive practices rooted in equality.

Regular training and mentoring of the 16 Girls’ Group Mentors was a major focus throughout the reporting period. They learned about Power to Girls and practiced explaining it to parents and the community, as well as to girls themselves. Additional practice sessions were organized to further support skill building. More training opportunities on their group leadership skills and facilitation of materials and topics within Power to Girls were conducted. An additional 3-day training was offered covering topics like leadership, being a mentor, power, violence against women, and games to play to interest girls. Regular meetings with mentors and visits to groups also formed opportunities for additional skills practice and engagement with topics in Power to Girls.

16 girls’ groups (eight for girls 10-14 years old and eight for girls 15-19 years old) met regularly (weekly with a few exceptions due to rain, etc.). Mentors held community meetings to explain the girls’ groups to 162 women and 103 men in total; this included parents and caregivers, community leaders and youth. The idea of the groups was warmly received in general which significantly garnered much needed support for the groups. As girls’ groups began to meet regularly, ideas for learning and recreational materials were forwarded to staff, who purchased dominos, jump ropes, balloons and other games, as well as chalk, notebooks and other learning materials for the groups to use.

The team held the first girls’ group feedback meetings––one each in Mizak and Tenyè. The method is designed as an opportunity for girls’ groups to give feedback to the rest of the community Network on how they see Power to Girls, and the activism non-girls are doing toward promoting girls’ power. It is designed as a means to encourage accountability of non-girls to girls, as ultimately any perceived ‘progress’ toward Power to Girls indicators should be defined and validated by girls themselves.

*SASA! Is the four-phase methodology created by our friends at Raising Voices and adapted culturally and linguistically by Beyond Borders for use in Haiti.

Additional Outputs

  • 31 teachers and principals from five new network schools received pedagogical training in nonviolent, participatory approaches that emphasize equality between girls and boys during a four-day workshop hosted by MCLC
  • Continued work with 20 schools from the existing network, to promote application of nonviolent, inclusive practices rooted in equality.
  • 8 communities are being evaluated on their progress in Phase 2 of Power to Girls - BB’s step-by-step guide to preventing violence against girls and balancing power between girls and boys in schools and communities - to determine if they can move on to Phase 3
  • BB conducted internal capacity development training for staff on Phase 3 of Power to Girls, in advance of the move from Phase 2 to Phase 3 for the 8 above mentioned communities.

Expand Efforts Proven to Prevent Violence Against Girls and Women, and; Mobilize Everyone to Balance Power Between Women, Men, and Girls and Boys

Your gift is also supporting Beyond Borders’ work to expand the movement to prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG) and balance power between women and men in Haiti.

Lagonav communities are advancing through the four progressive phases of SASA!. Two communities continue in the Support Phase and five communities are preparing to move into the Support Phase.

During the quarter, a total of 534 activists received technical support from BB to use SASA! tools to engage community members in conversations to promote balanced power and to prevent VAWG.

Five communities – Bouziyèt, Masikren, Fonnèg, Chenkontan, and Gransous – continued in the Awareness Phase, engaging a total of 420 SASA! activists (215 women). BB is now preparing to conduct rapid assessments to gauge these five communities’ readiness to enter the Support phase. In two communities – Nan Kafe and Matènwa – BB continues to support 114 community activists and network members to conduct VAWG prevention activities. BB completed rapid assessments in these communities during the quarter and awaits results to ensure community readiness to enter into the Action Phase.

With funding from UN Trust Fund, BB is partnering with two partner Haitian organizations that are led by, and represent and serve people living with disabilities. The aim of the partnership is to implement a 3-year project that focuses on girls and women with disabilities of all ages. In addition to the two partner organizations, members of the SASA! community network founded by BB and the general public in Lavale, in Haiti’s Southeastern Department, which mostly comprises rural villages, will take part. The UN Trust Fund supported project includes carrying out research into the experiences of girls and women with disabilities; creating context-specific materials in Creole for use in interventions using SASA!/Power to Girls methodologies; carrying out community mobilization using SASA!/Power to Girls; advocating for the implementation of relevant laws and policies; providing capacity building and technical support to project partners and increasing their knowledge management capabilities.

Additional Outputs

  • 318 community activists and network members/leaders (183 women) convened to facilitate exchange and learning, address challenges, and look at impact generated by activities
  • Referral system lists were revised and distributed to ensure appropriate response services for domestic violence survivors
  • 70 community activists gathered at three monthly workshops to strengthen capacity to facilitate community dialogue using SASA! materials, and to plan activities for the coming month
  • 150 residents of 60 households in Nan Kafe were engaged in conversations about power imbalance and VAWG, facilitated by activists during door-to-door visits
  • 44 community activists (22 women) in Nan Kafe and Matènwa attended three meetings for exchange and learning, to strengthen mobilization skills, to address challenges, and to plan the next period’s activities
  • 114 community activists and network members combined (57 women) participated in a meeting to provide feedback on the SASA! methodology, to look at program impact, and to address challenges faced by activists.

Thank You Again

Your support makes the work to free, educate, and empower girls in Haiti possible. We are grateful for your generosity, your care, and your concern. If you have any questions about what you read in this report, please feel free to contact Brian Stevens, Beyond Borders Donor Engagement Director, at b.stevens@beyondborders.net.

Ensuring girls have equal access to good schools.
Ensuring girls have equal access to good schools.
Members of the Masikren Child Protection Brigade.
Members of the Masikren Child Protection Brigade.
Training teachers in nonviolent classroom mgmt.
Training teachers in nonviolent classroom mgmt.
Survivors of child slavery organizing to end it.
Survivors of child slavery organizing to end it.

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