1,550 students benefitted from textbook banks.
We are deeply grateful for your generous support for Beyond Borders' Schools Not Slavery campaign. You are combating child slavery with education and targeted initiatives that lift families out of extreme poverty in rural Haiti.
Because of you, 2,392 girls and boys in 25 schools in rural Haiti - students like 11-year-old Emeline - are getting a quality education. This includes 262 children who were freed from slavery and reunited with their families during the last three years, and 28 children were freed this year.
Emeline narrowly escaped a life of servitude. She lives in a remote village on Lagonav Island. One of five siblings, Emeline's mother fell ill and couldn't care for her or send her to school. As Emeline’s mother was away recovering, Emeline’s father sent her to live with a relative in Port-au-Prince.
In many situations like this, parents will send their child away to live with a family in a city with the hope that their child will go to school and be taken care of. If they had any idea of the misery and abuse that lay ahead, they would never let them leave.
In Emeline's community, thanks to your support, Beyond Borders set up a Child Rights Training program to warn parents like Emeline's of the dangers of sending their children away, and to help parents find and free their children, and develop the means to care for and educate them.
Now, because of supporters like you 99.6% of the school-aged children in Emeline's village are enrolled in school.
Emeline's mom got the help she needed to bring her daughter home, help that your donation makes possible. When we spoke with Emeline, she said she was excited for the start of the new school year this year.
"I want to be a nurse," she proudly told us, "so I can help everyone where I live to be healthy and strong."
Isn't this what we want for every child, the opportunity to live a better life, to realize their dreams?
Your gift supports education initiatives like teacher training, textbook banks, school gardens, and tuition matching programs. Together, these programs improve the quality of education in rural Haiti, and make school more accessible for more children. That's critically important, since children who are in school are much less likely to be sent away and risk becoming enslaved.
Your gift also supports initiatives designed to ensure that families and communities have the means to keep their children at home - free, safe, and in school.
Thanks to you, this year:
• 1,600 women & men graduated from Child Rights Training
• 28 more children were freed, brought home, and enrolled in a quality school
• 230 families were enrolled in our 18-month asset-building initiative
• 250 women & men are organizing to prevent violence against women
• 100 teachers were trained in nonviolent classroom management
• 1,550 students benefitted from textbook banks at their school
• 1,650 teachers & students were trained to plant & grow school gardens
• 25 schools had successful harvests & five schools had two harvests
Thank you again for your commitment to vulnerable children and families in rural Haiti.
250 women & men organizing to prevent violence.
230 families enrolled in 18-mth asset-building pgm
1650 teachers & students trained in school gardens
Emeline & her mom. Emeline is free thanks to you.
28 more kids were freed this year thanks to you.