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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at (305) 450-2561.
Sr. Marie's school uses the Power to Girls toolkit
Lydia using Power to Girls in her classroom.
Meeting with adult survivors of child slavery.
SASA! Action Phase materials to prevent VAWG.
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