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Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children

by Beyond Borders
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Gardie & her sisters are in school thanks to you.
Gardie & her sisters are in school thanks to you.

Thank you for your generous gift to the Schools Not Slavery initiative. We are grateful!

Your generous, kind, and thoughtful support is helping to build 16 Model Communities in rural Haiti, in which grassroots leaders are building social movements to ensure that:

• every child goes to a good, safe school, with well-trained teachers who encourage creativity, curiosity, and leadership;

• every adult is trained in and committed to protecting every child from slavery and abuse;

• every family can provide for themselves and live in economic security and stability; and,

• every woman and girl lives free from violence and exploitation, in a community that balances power between women and men.

Your support for these social movements in Model Communities on Lagonav Island is making a real difference in the lives of girls like 12-year-old Gardie*. She and her four sisters are in school thanks to your care and concern. “I love school because it taught me how to read and write,” Gardie said. “My favorite subjects are French and Creole.”

Children who don’t get the chance to go to school, either because their parents can’t afford tuition, books, and uniforms, or because the nearest school is too far away, are at far greater risk of being sent away to live with others and becoming trapped in slavery.

Your support for Schools Not Slavery is changing this for Gardie and so many more boys and girls like her, protecting her from slavery, ensuring she can go to a good school, helping her family develop the means to earn a living, and organizing her community to balance power between women and men.

Thank you again for all that you are making possible for vulnerable children like Gardie and their families.

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

Building the Movement to End Child Slavery

Your gift to the Schools Not Slavery initiative supports innovative work to challenge social norms and transform prevailing attitudes and behaviors that endanger children. Through extensive training programs, engaged dialogue, and community organizing, hundreds of adults in 16 communities on Lagonav Island are mobilized to become Child Rights Activists who build neighborhood Child Protection Brigades that raise awareness and advocate for the rights of children, intervene to protect children being enslaved and abused, and link children and families to child protection services.

Your generosity is also supporting the expansion of a nationwide network of more than 900 Adult Survivors of Child Slavery, who gather in their communities for peer support, healing and solidarity and to use their voices to advocate for change. These survivors also work to raise awareness among neighbors about the rights of children and intervene to protect children, specifically those being held in child domestic servitude and those in need of protection and family reunification services.

In the first three months of 2019, 26 children were freed, reunited with their families, and enrolled in school, thanks to your generous support and the courage and determination of the Child Protection Brigades and the Adult Survivors of Child Slavery Network.

Building the Movement to Guarantee Universal Access to Quality Primary Education

Walk in to any of the 25 schools in our Schools Not Slavery network on Lagonav Island and you'll see how your gift is supporting the expansion of a nonviolent, native language, participatory approach to classroom management designed to encourage creativity, curiosity, and leadership among students.

In the school year that just ended, more than 3,000 students on Lagonav Island were taught by teachers using this methodology -- a methodology proven to deliver student reading scores that are nearly three times higher than the national average in Haiti.

Thanks to your generous support, Minose and Edzer are two of more than 100 teachers being trained in this approach to classroom management. 

"I always thought that hitting was the only way to control your classroom, even though I was afraid to do it" said Minose, a second-grade teacher. "When I was a student, the teachers hit us, and I was afraid of certain teachers," she said. "But I've come to understand that there's no place for violence in the classroom, thanks to this training."

Edzer, also a second-grade teacher, said that the nonviolent approach to classroom management that he's using has changed the way his students feel about school. "Students aren't afraid to come to school anymore. They like to come to school. They share their thoughts and their dreams now," he said. "In this way, we're forming good citizens for our country's future."

Building the Movement to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls

There's some wonderful news to share: beginning July 1, 2019, Beyond Borders will join with seven other organizations in Haiti to launch the Haitian Coalition for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls.

Thanks to your support for the development of our grassroots, community-based approach to preventing gender-based violence, Beyond Borders and seven other organizations successfully secured a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the NoVo Foundation for this new coalition. The goal is to scale up the work to change social norms around violence against women and girls (VAWG) while also strengthening the capacity of coalition-member organizations to be change-makers in their communities.

The coalition-member organizations will receive funding to implement two groundbreaking efforts to prevent VAWG that your generous support has made possible:

  • SASA!, the three-year community-based initiative to prevent VAWG developed by Raising Voices in Uganda and adapted for Haiti by Beyond Borders; and,
  • Power To Girls, the school and community-based toolkit created by Beyond Borders to end VAWG in schools and empower girls to help lead the process of balancing power between women and men and girls and boys.

Your generous support makes these kinds of innovative initiatives possible, and further expands the movement to prevent VAWG across Haiti. Thank you!

Building the Movement for Sustainable Livelihoods

Your gift supports a variety of economic initiatives designed to empower the 110 families in Beyond Borders Family Sponsorship Program to lift themselves out of extreme poverty AND ensure that they can provide for themselves long after the 18-month sponsorship ends.

Families work with their life coach to identify and track specific, achievable economic goals like starting a small business, creating their own savings account, and investing in a community-based savings and loan.

Community S&L groups promote solidarity among neighbors and provide each family with a greater measure of economic security, serving as a resource in an emergency or helping families to increase their purchasing power to grow their new businesses.

The economic success and independence that families achieve is a huge boost to their self-confidence -- confidence that will sustain them when they face future challenges and uncertainties.

Through your support, you are giving families a path to a brighter economic future, filled with dignity, hope, and opportunity. Thank you again for your generosity, your care, and your concern.

Thank You Again!

Because of your generosity and solidarity, Beyond Borders sees in these 16 Model Communities, the seed for a new world, a world where people overcome great challenges by learning to question, dream and act together. A world where women and men find more power by balancing power equally. A world where families and communities thrive on foundations of trust and mutual respect. A world where diversity is seen as a sign of strength. A world where all children grow up surrounded by people who love, nurture, and educate them. A world where we all find deeper meaning and shared liberation. Thank you for bringing this world closer to becoming a reality in Haiti.

If you have any questions about what you read here, please contact Brian Stevens, Beyond Borders’ Donor Engagement Director, at (305) 450-2561 or b.stevens@beyondborders.net.

Organizing to end child slavery on Lagonav Island.
Organizing to end child slavery on Lagonav Island.
Students reading books in Haitian Creole.
Students reading books in Haitian Creole.
Minose is committed to a nonviolent classroom.
Minose is committed to a nonviolent classroom.
You are helping families to earn a living.
You are helping families to earn a living.
Grassroots leaders organizing to prevent VAWG.
Grassroots leaders organizing to prevent VAWG.

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Beth: "Life started to take a different path."
Beth: "Life started to take a different path."

Thank You for Providing Essential Support to Free & Protect Children from Slavery, Guarantee Quality Primary Education, Prevent Violence Against Women & Girls, and Lift Families Out of Poverty

In 16 rural communities on the island of Lagonav, your generous support is advancing the rights of children, by changing social norms about the treatment of children, organizing Child Protection Brigades, and mobilizing communities as part of the movement to end child slavery.

Your support is also advancing the movement to guarantee participatory, nonviolent quality primary education for every girl and boy at 25 schools in all 16 communities.

And in seven Lagonav Island communities, your gift is supporting efforts to build the movement to prevent violence against women and girls and achieve gender equality, making it possible to train and mobilize dozens of volunteer activists in each of these communities.

You are also helping to make it possible to launch the third cohort of our family sponsorship program, in which we are working with 110 ultra-poor families to equip them with the skills they need to earn a dignified living, improve their food security, living conditions, and the welfare of their children.

Together, these initiatives are building slavery-free, violence-free communities for vulnerable children and families. Thank you for making this possible through your generous support!

Family Sponsorship Program: “Life started to take a different path.”

Beth* -- a 15-year-old who lives with her mother, father, and two siblings on Lagonav Island -- is living a new life, thanks to support from people like you who made it possible for Beth’s family to be part of the family sponsorship program.

The family sponsorship program prioritizes the most vulnerable families, those living on the margins, in extreme poverty, forced to beg from others to survive, and isolated from their own community.

“We did not live very well before,” Beth said. “Then my mom started the [family sponsorship] program and we started to see some big changes . . . Life started to take a different path.”

With your support, families in the family sponsorship program like Beth’s select two different assets they can use to generate income, usually livestock like goats, chickens, and pigs, or the goods to start a small business.

Weekly coaching visits train families like Beth’s in how to manage their new assets, and establish a savings account. Families also receive help making basic home repairs, getting access to healthcare so they can stay healthy and keep working, materials to purify their drinking water, and a latrine to better ensure their long-term health.

Families in the program are also required to raise all of their children at home and send all of their children to school.

“They told [my mom] not to send her children away to live with other people . . . don’t let your children miss days at school and to let us go to school each day,” Beth said. “Because my mom always sends me to school, I think this will make things better and life will be different.”

Your generous support for the Schools Not Slavery project on GlobalGiving makes these kinds of transformations possible for Beth and other vulnerable girls and boys, and for vulnerable families like hers too. Thank you!

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

Ending Child Slavery: Nine Communities Working to Achieve Slavery-Free Status

Your generosity is also supporting work to build the movement to end child slavery. Seven of the 16 communities where the Schools Not Slavery initiative is at work have already achieved slavery-free status. This is in large part thanks to the partnerships formed between schools that are in Beyond Borders’ Schools Not Slavery Network, local Child Rights Activists trained by Beyond Borders and the community Child Protection Brigades that these trained activists organize and launch with support from Beyond Borders. The remaining nine communities are on track to join this group of slavery-free communities, thanks in large part to the partnerships formed by school leadership and teaching staff, grassroots Child Rights Activists -- and your generous commitment to supporting this work. Thank you!

Ensuring Quality Primary Education: Training Teachers in Nonviolent, Native Language Classroom Management

This academic year, thanks to your support, two educators from all 25 schools in Beyond Borders’ Schools Not Slavery network have so far taken part in three day-long trainings at the Matènwa Community Learning Center, our primary education partner on Lagonav Island. Using a train-the-trainer approach, these educators have then taken what they’ve learned and shared it with their fellow teachers. In addition to these off-site trainings, teacher-trainers from Matènwa conduct technical support visits to schools to observe how teachers are implementing what they’ve learned in their classrooms. The trainings and technical support visits are designed to strengthen the capacity of teachers to teach using an approach that encourages student curiosity, creativity, and leadership so that students are prepared to become the next generation of leaders in their communities.

Preventing Violence Against Women & Girls: Training Grassroots Community Leaders in the Latest Tools

Thanks to the support of people like you, members of our team on Lagonav Island just took part in a three-day training from April 2-5, 2019 on how to implement Phase 1 of the Power to Girls methodology to organize communities and schools to prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG) and balance power between women and men and girls and boys. In the training, participants took part in an in-depth, critical review of the content in Power to Girls, which includes how to present Power to Girls to different groups in the community, how to understand and create action plans around key activities in Phase 1, and what results to expect (i.e. - change in knowledge and attitudes) and how to understand and act on those results to further build the movement to prevent VAWG. Power to Girls is making schools and communities safer for girls like Julesa*, a 9-year-old who is enrolled in a school using the methodology. You can read what it’s meant to Julesa and her fellow students here: https://beyondborders.net/julesa-has-learned-an-empowering-lesson/

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

Thank You Again for Your Generosity!

Your generous support makes this work to build slavery-free, violence-free communities and lift families out of extreme poverty possible. Thank you for your generosity, your care, and your concern. If you have any questions about what you read here, please contact Brian Stevens, Beyond Borders’ Donor Engagement Director, at (305) 450-2561 or b.stevens@beyondborders.net.

Training for families in the sponsorship program.
Training for families in the sponsorship program.
Child Protection Brigade leaders at a training.
Child Protection Brigade leaders at a training.
A teacher in the teacher training program.
A teacher in the teacher training program.
Phase 1 of the Power to Girls methodology.
Phase 1 of the Power to Girls methodology.
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Loudia is free, safe, & enrolled in a good school.
Loudia is free, safe, & enrolled in a good school.

462 Children Freed, 40,000 Abolitionists Trained, Thanks to You

Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, since 2010 more than 40,000 Child Rights Activists – modern-day abolitionists – have been trained and mobilized in more than 100 rural communities and urban neighborhoods to build the movement to end child slavery in Haiti. In that time, these abolitionists have accompanied 462 children to escape slavery, return to their families, and enroll in school. Thank you!

Seven New Communities Achieve Slavery-Free Status in 2018

Your support also made it possible for seven new communities on Lagonav Island to achieve the status of ‘Zero Restavèk’ (Zero Child Slavery) communities in 2018, in which no child is enslaved or sent away from home, and every child is enrolled in a high-quality school.

Loudia is Free, Safe, and Enrolled in a Good School

Nine-year-old Loudia lives in Chenkontan, one of the seven new slavery-free communities. Thanks to you, Loudia is free, safe, and enrolled in Mount of Olives School, one of 25 schools in Beyond Borders’ Schools Not Slavery Network. Your gift supports innovative initiatives in all 25 of these schools, including nonviolent, native language, participatory classroom management training for teachers and training for teachers, students, and their parents in how to plant and maintain robust school gardens.

Loudia, who is in the fourth grade at Mount of Olives, told us her favorite subject is math and that she dreams of becoming a nurse one day.

Isn’t this what we want for every child, the opportunity to grow-up free, safe, and enrolled in a good school where they can realize their dreams? Your generosity is making dreams like this possible for boys and girls like Loudia. Thank you again!

Adult Survivor Network Grows to More Than 900 Members

Donors like you are also making it possible to expand the network of adult survivors of child slavery in Haiti. Survivors support one another, raise awareness among neighbors about the dangers of the restavèk (child slavery) practice, and intervene to help children access protection and family reunification services.

With your support, survivors are stepping up to bring their important voices and experiences to the movement to end child slavery. Villien and Jessica are two of more than 900 adult survivors from three regions who are organizing at the local, regional, and national levels.

Villien said: “As survivors, it’s our duty to protect children from slavery. This is our message: don’t mistreat any child living with you. Send every child living with you to school. Care for every child living with you as if they were your own children.”

And Jessica told us: “I’ve taken part in advocacy and child rights training. We’ve identified a number of children in our community who were enslaved, and we’ve accompanied them so that they could be free and return to their families.”

Community-Based Movement-Building to End Child Slavery Expands

Your gift supports the expansion of community-based movement-building efforts to end child slavery across Haiti, including training and mobilizing new adult and youth abolitionists in urban neighborhoods and rural communities to end the enslavement of children as household servants, a practice that affects one in eight Haitian children.

For these children, going to school is a dream unfulfilled. Schools are far away or cost too much. Extreme poverty and hunger leads many parents to conclude they have no choice but to send their children away to live with another family, with the hope that this family will care for and enroll their children in school. Instead, children are abused and forced to work endlessly.

Abolitionists trained by Beyond Borders with your support both free children already enslaved and prevent thousands more from becoming enslaved by educating adults about child rights through door-to-door visits and by organizing large, public assemblies designed to reach the general population.

Your gift is also supporting the development of municipal advocacy units, made up of abolitionists trained by Beyond Borders and members of other organizations that support the movement to end child slavery.

Keeping Kids Safe by Lifting Families Out of Poverty

Your generosity also supports Beyond Borders’ Family Sponsorship Program, which empowers families to rise from poverty to independence with dignity. In Haiti, 24% of the population lives in abject poverty, earning less than US$1.23 per day. More than 6 million (59%) live below the national poverty line, earning less than US$2.41 per day. In rural villages, conditions are exacerbated by poor infrastructure and distance from services such as health care and education.

Empowering families to escape extreme poverty greatly impacts children, who are at great risk of being sent away to live with other families by impoverished parents who can’t provide for them or send them to school.

During the 18-month Family Sponsorship Program, families receive cash subsidies for the first six months, weekly coaching visits throughout, and two productive assets (farm animals, or the goods to start a small store) that they can use to generate new, sustainable income. Intensive training teaches participants how to manage their new assets, start saving, and generate increasing levels of family income and security.

Families graduate from the program once they are able to provide for themselves, and keep all their children at home and enrolled in school. In 2018, 229 families graduated from the program.

With support from people like you, we’ll begin work with a new cohort of 110 families in January 2019. You can learn more about the program on our website: http://beyondborders.net/become-a-family-sponsor/

The Goal: Every Child Grows Up at Home, Free, Safe, and in School

With your support, communities are building the movement to end child slavery, increasing their capacity to resist slavery and achieve the goal of ensuring that every child grows up at home, free, safe, and in school, surrounded by a loving family and community. Your support makes you part of this abolitionist movement too!

Thank You Again!

Thank you again for your generous support. We are deeply grateful for all that you are making possible for vulnerable families and children in rural Haiti If you have any questions about what you read in this report, please feel free to contact Beyond Borders’ Donor Engagement Director Brian Stevens at (305) 450-2561 or b.stevens@beyondborders.net.

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A survivor shares her story at a public event.
Discussing the dangers of sending children away.
Discussing the dangers of sending children away.
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Fourth graders Nadia, Ruth, and Clarancia.
Fourth graders Nadia, Ruth, and Clarancia.

We are Grateful for Your Generous Support!

Thank you so much for your generous support for Schools Not Slavery! We are deeply honored by your commitment to partner with us to keep children free, safe, and in school.

The 2018-2019 School Year Is Underway

The 2018-2019 school year is well underway on Lagonav Island and thanks to you, girls and boys in 16 rural communities are growing up free, safe, and enrolled in quality schools.

Fourth graders Nadia, Ruth, and Clarancia are excited to be back in school. Because of your support, they are learning in classrooms where teachers are trained in nonviolent, participatory, native language classroom management techniques that encourage curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking in every student.

“I want to be a pharmacist,” Ruth told a recent visitor. “And I want to work with computers,” Clarancia said eagerly. Not to be outdone, Nadia quickly added: “I want to be a nurse!”

Protecting Nadia, Ruth, and Clarancia from Slavery

Your gift to Schools Not Slavery supports a host of school and community-based initiatives that work together to prevent children like Nadia, Ruth, and Clarancia from being enslaved and ensure that they grow up in homes and communities where they are loved, protected, and educated.

Your support for Schools Not Slavery is equipping parents, teachers, school directors, religious and other grassroots leaders to organize and transform their communities to stop the flow of children from the countryside to the city, where they risk becoming enslaved, to end violence and inequality against women and girls, and to ensure that even the very poorest families can earn a dignified living.

Your Support Expands Training for Grassroots Leaders

Each year, with support from people like you, Beyond Borders expands the Schools Not Slavery initiative to reach more rural communities and schools on Lagonav Island. The Schools Not Slavery initiative’s five year arc of intervention in these communities includes organizing, training, and equipping grassroots leaders with the skills they need to:

−Free and reunite children with their families,
−Keep other children from becoming enslaved,
−Step up to protect children from violence,
−Help parents and guardians use nonviolent methods to raise children,
−Enroll children in quality schools with well-trained teachers,
−Lift families out of extreme poverty,
−Balance power between women and men, and
−Step up to stop violence against women, at home and in society.

To realize these ambitious goals, in all 16 communities where the Schools Not Slavery initiative is working on Lagonav Island, Beyond Borders is using a suite of interventions designed in part and led by grassroots Haitian leaders. Many of these tools are proven globally and in Haiti to create change that is sustainable well beyond its initial introduction in a community. By empowering communities to transform themselves using these tools, we ensure local ownership that last well after the five year Schools Not Slavery initiative is complete in a community.

Empowerment Strategies Made Possible by Your Support

Here is a look at some of the strategies used to empower schools and communities and to strengthen families -- strategies made possible by your generous support for the Schools Not Slavery initiative:

Open Space: A participatory approach to collective decision-making used to facilitate town hall-style meetings to encourage reflection, exchange, shared leadership, and local initiative.

Education is a Conversation: This child rights training program uses stories gleaned from ethnographic interviews to help participants examine root causes of violence against children. In 22 weekly sessions, participants examine physical, sexual, and emotional abuse of children, parental responsibility, and activism. Participants practice intervention skills through role-play exercises.

Child Protection Brigades: Volunteer committees become lifelines for children needing protection services. Brigades raise awareness, intervene to protect children, and help children access protective services, including family reunification.

Adult Survivors’ Network: Adult survivors of child domestic slavery participate in neighborhood groups to find solidarity and healing, and to use their voices to make change.

Accelerated Education: Specialized classes help unschooled youth recapture six years of primary school content through an intensive three-year program.

Tuition Matching: Provides schools with financial stability to support operations and pay staff.

Textbook Banks: Provides Creole-language textbooks to students for minimal rental fees.

Adult Agro-Literacy Education: Illiteracy is a key obstacle to dignified livelihoods. Classes introduce sustainable agriculture techniques while building basic literacy, financial and entrepreneurial skills.

School and Family Gardens: School gardens create experiential learning, serve as laboratories for sustainable agricultural practices, and improve nutrition of school lunches. Outreach supports families to plant home vegetable gardens.

SASA!: A community mobilization approach to prevent violence against women and HIV. Created by Raising Voices in Uganda, the methodology cuts the risk of partner violence in half. In 2015, Beyond Borders completed the adaptation and pilot of SASA! for Haiti. SASA! is both a Kiswahili word meaning “now” and an acronym for its four phases: (S)tart, (A)wareness, (S)upport, and (A)ction.

Asset-Based Poverty Reduction Program: By employing a graduation model, over the course of 18-months Beyond Borders is able to train, support, invest in, and mentor each family, ensuring that they are able to sustain themselves even through challenges. Families receive cash subsidies, dignified housing, healthcare, weekly coaching visits, and a small business, usually livestock. Graduates are supported by Village Committees made up of local residents who volunteer to serve in solidarity with their neighbors.

Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA): Groups of people save together and take small loans from those savings. Beyond Borders has recently introduced this strategy with the Adult Survivors’ Network and Child Protection Brigades.

Families Empowered to Lift Themselves Out of Extreme Poverty

Marie-Ange and her family were one of the very poorest families in their community. They were selected to take part in Beyond Borders’ 18-month anti-poverty initiative made possible in part by Schools Not Slavery supporters like you.

The integrated investments they received as part of the program included building materials for a sturdy new home and a sanitary latrine, the choice of two productive assets (animals or the goods to start a small business) that allowed the family to begin earning an income, a water filter to ensure they had access to clean water, and training in animal husbandry and basic business skills.

The weekly coaching they received provided ongoing training and encouragement, helped them resolve issues, and showed them how to begin to save and plan for the future. To ensure that they didn’t prematurely sell their livestock to respond to a crisis or hunger, they were provided a small weekly stipend (less than $6 US) for six months and free healthcare.

Soon, the goats and pig they chose as their two assets gave birth to piglets and kids, which they sold to earn money for other expenses.

In September 2018, Marie-Ange and her family graduated from the program and now they are able to meet all their basic needs for food, shelter, clean water, health care and education, and save money -- even buying more animals.

Two-hundred and twenty-nine families have successfully completed the 18-month program on Lagonav Island since its launch in October 2016. Later this fall, we hope to begin work with 110 new families. You can learn more about the program on our website: http://beyondborders.net/rise/

"Life has changed for me now," Marie-Ange said. "I am not the same person anymore."

Thank You Again!

Thank you again for your generous support for Beyond Borders’ Schools Not Slavery initiative. We are deeply grateful for all that you are making possible for vulnerable families and children in rural Haiti

If you have any questions about what you read in this report, please feel free to contact Beyond Borders’ Donor Relations Director Brian Stevens at (305) 450-2561 or b.stevens@beyondborders.net. 

Education is a Conversation Child Rights Training.
Education is a Conversation Child Rights Training.
Families in our 18-month anti-poverty initiative.
Families in our 18-month anti-poverty initiative.
Adult survivor of child slavery shares his story.
Adult survivor of child slavery shares his story.

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Third graders at the Wesleyen School in Nan Mango.
Third graders at the Wesleyen School in Nan Mango.

Thank You for Your Generous Support!

Thank you again for your generous support for Beyond Borders’ Schools Not Slavery Initiative in the 2017-2018 school year. We are so grateful!

We are deeply honored by your commitment to partner with us to keep children free, safe, and in school.

Since 2014, Schools Not Slavery supporters like you have helped parents to find and free more than 300 children from slavery, and ensure that they have access to a high-quality school in their community. You’ve also prevented thousands more from becoming enslaved through your generosity.

Thank you for all that you do to promote liberty, dignity, and hope for children and families in rural Haiti.

The Coming School Year on Lagonav Island

This fall, all across America, young children will sharpen their pencils, crack open fresh new notebooks, and head back to school. For many rural Haitian children though, going to school is a dream unfulfilled.

Children who are too poor to go to school are being sent away to cities. But instead of being sent to school, many get trapped in a life of servitude -- a modern form of child slavery called restavèk.

But in rural communities on Lagonav Island, people like you are helping to change this story.

Thanks to you, vulnerable boys and girls are in school, not enslaved.

Your continued support ensures that children grow up at home, where they belong, in a community that loves, protects, and educates them.

What You Made Possible for Girls and Boys This Past School Year

Your generous gift ensured continued access to quality education for rural, impoverished children, many of whom are among the most at risk of being trafficked to cities as household slaves, or restavèks.

Your support for Schools Not Slavery made it possible for teachers at 25 schools on Lagonav Island to be trained in a nonviolent, native language, participatory approach to classroom management that is not found in most traditional public and private schools. It includes the following five elements:

  1. Native Language Instruction - Students are taught in Haitian Creole - the language they speak at home - instead of French, a language students rarely encounter in their daily lives. Once students are literate in their native language, schools introduce French as a second language.
  2. Participatory Approach to Classroom Instruction - Rote memorization of French-language textbooks is the basis of instruction in most classrooms in Haiti. Your gift supported a participatory-based approach to learning, which is meant to foster intellectual curiosity and critical thinking skills among students. Rather than simply copying, memorizing and parroting back lessons in French, students write their own stories in Haitian Creole about their own lives and share them with each other. The approach, first brought to Haiti by our primary education partner on Lagonav Island - the Matènwa Community Learning Center - is  known throughout Beyond Borders’ Schools Not Slavery network as the ‘Mother Tongue’ program. Teachers also decorated the walls of their classrooms with the work of their students.
  3. Education Rooted in Rural Life  - Your gift is supporting an approach in which teachers are rethinking the traditional approach to education in Haiti that has largely shunned any classroom connection with rural life and agriculture. By integrating agriculture into the classroom curriculum, teachers teach skills and develop habits that students will need to thrive and build better lives for themselves where they live, without having to migrate to the city. School gardens teach students agricultural science and mathematics, including techniques to improve yield and mitigate drought driven by climate change. Vegetables grown are used in daily school meal programs, with excess food sold in the market, helping students learn to manage money. Families are also encouraged to plant their own vegetable gardens at home.
  4. Non-Violent Classroom Management - Authoritarian classroom management enforced via corporal punishment, shaming and humiliation is the norm in Haitian classrooms. Your gift supported the training of teachers in a non-violent classroom management approach that aims to teach students leadership and democracy by empowering them to develop class rules. Teachers then hold students accountable to the standards that they themselves established.
  5. Textbook Banks - Students at all 25 schools had the textbooks that they needed, thanks to your support. Students borrowed books on a sliding scale fee, according to their ability to pay. The bank ensured that no student went without a textbook this past school year.

In addition to these five elements, your Schools Not Slavery gift supported staff salaries, and these activities at schools in our network:

Annual Third Grade Reading Assessment – Schools conducted a third grade reading assessment to determine the level of progress students are making in reading. The test assesses the main skills that are known to predict reading success within the early grades of primary school.

Parental Engagement Strategy – Parents at every school were invited to parent-teacher gatherings at which they were invited to provide feedback, share their own priorities for their child’s education, and ask for help in how best to support their child’s education. Your gift supported a day-long ‘Open Space Gathering’ for parents. They met with teachers and the school director for a day-long session in which the agenda was determined entirely by the participants of the meeting, a strategy designed to build parental ownership at schools.

Additional Material, Seeds, and Technical Support for the School Garden – Seed and tool banks, training in composting, natural pest management, live fencing, and rainwater catchment irrigation for students, families and the larger community around each school in our network were all made possible by your support.

Salaries and Benefits for School Staff, Teacher Trainers, and Agricultural Technicians – Your gift  also supported a portion of the salaries and benefits for staff at each school and the teacher trainers and agricultural technicians who are building the capacity of teachers at the school.

Preventing Violence Against Women & Girls and Lifting Families Out of Extreme Poverty

Your gift to Schools Not Slavery supports two other initiatives: Beyond Borders’ community-based program to prevent violence against women and girls -- Rethinking Power -- and an 18-month asset-building program designed to lift the very poorest families out of extreme poverty.

Lifting Families Out of Extreme Poverty

Families that are trapped in extreme poverty are the most likely to send their children away to the city to live with others, in the hope that it will mean a better life for their children. Often, those sent away become trapped in domestic slavery, abused, neglected, and never sent to school. Beyond Borders 18-month asset-building program accompanies the very poorest families as they develop the means to earn a living, provide for themselves, keep their children at home and in school, and escape extreme poverty. Your gift supports this effort. A total of 230 families on Lagonav Island took part in this program.

Rethinking Power

By addressing the root cause of violence against women and girls -- the imbalance in power between women and men in Haitian society -- Rethinking Power is leading people through an examination of their own power and how they use it. Working with civic and religious leaders, educators, and people from all walks of life -- from moto-taxi drivers to sellers in the local market -- Rethinking Power is implementing a methodology proven to reduce intimate partner violence community-wide by 52%. Your support makes the work of Rethinking Power possible.

Thank You Again!

We are so grateful for your generous support for Schools Not Slavery, and we are deeply honored that you chose to invest in the work of Beyond Borders on Lagonav Island. If you have any questions about this update, please call or email Brian Stevens, Beyond Borders’ Donor Relations Director, anytime at: b.stevens@beyondborders.net, or (305) 450-2561.

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A student reads a mother tongue book at school.
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Students in their school garden in Gransous.
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