Project #10264

Schools Not Slavery

by Beyond Borders
Schools Not Slavery
Schools Not Slavery

Education is Every Child’s Right

Every child has the right to a quality education, with well-trained teachers who care for and respect them. Here’s how we’re working to make this a reality and what you can do.

Transforming Teaching

Students who are encouraged to be curious, think critically and work together to solve problems will be better prepared to be tomorrow’s leaders. We train teachers in every one of the 35 schools in our network to use participatory, non-violent methods in the classroom.

Building Parental Leadership

Parental leadership in schools fosters accountability, transparency and a commitment to high quality education for all children. We train parents to play a leadership role in their child’s school.

Creating Lasting Change

Schools that are better organized, more inclusive, participatory and accountable lead to stronger, healthier communities. By training teachers and parents to emphasize democracy, accountability and transparency in schools, we’re helping transform how communities think about education and leadership.

Nearly Three Times Better

We use an approach to education that is proven to be nearly three times better than traditional methods. A 2014 Massachusetts Institute of Technology study found that student reading skills at the Matènwa Community Learning Center - our partners who pioneered this approach - were nearly three times better than the national average.

You Are More Powerful Than You Think

The success we’ve seen simply wouldn’t be possible without your generous support. Here’s how you can make an immediate impact in the life of a student:

Teacher Training - Your gift ensures that every classroom is led by a well-trained teacher, who is committed to turning out better educated and better prepared students.

Textbook Banks -  Imagine going to school but not being able to afford a textbook. Your gift ensures a textbook for every student.

Tuition Matching - Sometimes parents need a little extra help paying their child’s tuition. Your gift ensures that parents can fully cover their child’s school fees.

School Gardens -  Your gift ensures that a school in our network has a thriving school garden that feeds students and teaches them important agricultural skills.

Accelerated Education - Nearly 50% of children aren’t in school because their families can’t afford it. Your gift enrolls children who didn’t start school on time in our accelerated education program, helping them catch-up to their grade level.

Schools Not Slavery
Schools Not Slavery
Schools Not Slavery
Schools Not Slavery
Schools Not Slavery
Schools Not Slavery
Schools Not Slavery
Schools Not Slavery

It’s not often that you can do something nearly three times better than it’s being done … but that’s exactly what’s happening in Haiti right now.

You see, our Schools Not Slavery campaign doesn’t just stop kids from becoming enslaved, it gets them into schools that are learning to deploy a model of education that has been proven to be three times more effective than traditional Haitian schools.

This approach to education was pioneered in Haiti by our long-time Haitian partner school, the Matènwa Community Learning Center. A recent MIT study compared Matènwa students with students in a sample of 84 other Haitian schools and determined that the Matènwa students had reading scores nearly three times better than the national average.

This success is starting to get a lot of attention. Earlier this week Public Radio International featured the work of the Matènwa school on their daily news program The World, broadcast on public radio stations across the country. You can listen to the story by clicking here.

A portion of your gift to the Schools Not Slavery campaign helps train teachers and spread the Matènwa model to 25 schools in communities where children are most at risk of falling in to slavery.

And if you give before the end of 2014, your gift will not only be matched (up to $60,000), but 100% of the gift we receive will go to support our work with these schools. That’s because other private donors and foundations are covering our operating expenses and putting up the matching funds. They really believe in this work and want us to reach our goal.

But we can’t do it without you. As of today we’ve raised the funds to support 13 of these 25 schools. Will you help us make our goal? 

So, please don’t wait. Give now to unleash all kinds of wonderful things in the lives of some of our world’s most disadvantaged children in 2015.

Thank you so much,

David Diggs,
Director, Beyond Borders

Help keep kids in school & out of slavery.
Help keep kids in school & out of slavery.

As many as 250,000 children in Haiti - most of them girls - live in a modern form of slavery called restavèk.

Beyond Borders is working to end child slavery in 2 ways:

Our No Child a Slave campaign trains adults to protect and defend the rights of all children; AND our School Not Slavery campaign ensures rural kids most at-risk of being sent in to slavery go to school instead.

No Child a Slave

Training adults to know and act to protect the rights of children is key to keeping kids safe and out of slavery. Since 2010, Beyond Borders has trained more than 3,000 adults in Haiti to be Child Rights Activists.  These activists form Child Protection Committees in their neighborhoods that work to:  

  • Stop Child Abuse & Exploitation
  • Challenge Attitudes that Tolerate Child Slavery
  • Act as a Safe Haven for Children who Run Away from Child Slavery
  • Connect Children who Escape Slavery with Police & Child Protective Services

43 Child Protection Committees exist in rural and urban neighborhoods across Haiti, and 53 more will launch this year.

School Not Slavery

We also know that one of the best ways to keep kids out of slavery is to keep them in school.  That's why we're overjoyed to report that: 

  • This school year we helped our partners in rural southeast Haiti launch 11 Accelerated Education classrooms that specialize in teaching kids who've missed school or have never been enrolled  
  • More than 160 kids are enrolled this year, most of whom were either at risk for being sent away into household slavery or were rescued from slavery by parents who now rejoice to have their children back home
  • Last school year 146 previously unschooled children received an education thanks to School Not Slavery

We can do so much more to end child slavery with your help!

We can expand our No Child a Slave child rights training to new communities and we can keep more kids in school with our School Not Slavery campaign.

While we are deactivating this campaign page on the Global Giving website, our No Child a Slave and School Not Slavery campaigns continue. Please visit our website: to learn more.  Thank you for your support!


Dilaine Gilles, an Accelerated Education teacher
Dilaine Gilles, an Accelerated Education teacher

We know that one of the best ways to keep kids out of slavery is to keep them in school.  That's why we're overjoyed to report that this school year we helped our partners in Haiti launch 11 Accelerated Education classrooms - one more than our goal - and we did it thanks to your support.

How does school keep kids out of slavery?  Older children from rural communities who are unable to start school at the traditional age of 6 are much more likely to be sent away to live in the city as household slaves. Parents often don't know the risk of sending their child away, believing life in the city means the chance to go to school.

Sadly, the reality is that many children who are sent away face neglect, abuse and an unrelenting regime of household chores at the hands of their 'host family.'

Beyond Borders is working to change this by supporting the movement to end child slavery in Haiti.  A centerpiece of our effort is the Accelerated Education (AE) program.

These 11 AE classrooms are hosted in 7 Haitian schools this year and are educating more than 160 kids.  Most of the students were at risk for being sent away into household slavery and some were rescued from slavery by parents who now rejoice to have their children back home. 

In addition to creating classrooms for previously unschooled youth, our strategy includes training for adults on the rights of children and how to take action to protect vulnerable kids.

In communities across rural southeast Haiti and in Port-au-Prince, our 22-week child rights program is training groups of 12 to 15 adult neighbors who in turn are saving kids from slavery and helping reunite them with their families.  Since 2010, Beyond Borders has trained more than 3,000 adults using this method.  You can read one such story of how an adult trained by Beyond Borders rescued a child from slavery in our Winter 2013 newsletter, available now.

Beyond Borders is committed to expanding our efforts to support the movement to end child slavery by keeping kids in school and training adults to protect children.  And we know this work only happens through your support and partnership.  We are humbled by the trust you place in us and we are committed to using your donation in the most effective way possible.  

We invite you to visit our website to learn more about how you can partner with a community working to end child slavery.  And while there, read our four most recent IRS Form 990 filings, our three most recent audited financial statements and our Charity Navigator report, which ranks us in the top 1% of charities evaluated.

Thank you for supporting the movement to end child slavery!

Teachers in Meno achieved universal education!
Teachers in Meno achieved universal education!

For the second consecutive year every child in the rural mountaintop village of Meno is enrolled in school - thanks in part to your support for Beyond Borders' Accelerated Education program.

How do the teachers and administrators at the Meno Community School know that every child in their village is in school?

"The teachers themselves go out to every corner of their village to search for children not in school," explained Jean Prosper Elie, Beyond Borders' program director.

Hiking through steep and rocky terrain on narrow, mountainside trails, teachers go door-to-door to the most remote corners of their village.

Often what they find explains why the Accelerated Education program is so important:  older children who are unable to start school at the traditional age of 6 because their families are too poor to send them.

When the teachers first did a survey of their community they found 49 children not enrolled in school. 

With each passing year that older kids aren't in school, they become more and more likely to be sent away to the city to live as household slaves.

In Meno your support for Accelerated Education plays a large role in ensuring that every child is a student - not a slave.

Today those 49 young people are in school - as is every child in Meno.

"Accelerated Education is key to keeping older kids out of slavery and getting them in to school," Elie said.

David Diggs, Beyond Borders' Director, agrees:  "This is an extraordinary achievement," Diggs said.  "Our goal is to replicate these same results in the 10 classrooms where we support Accelerated Education and then continue to expand the program to more communities."

On Nov. 22 those of us in the United States will pause and give thanks for the blessings of our lives. In the current economy, many of us are especially thankful for a job and for the education we received that made employment possible. In Haiti, so many children not only miss out on an education but are forced to work as household slaves far away from their families.

This Thanksgiving, if you have a job, if you've had the chance to get an education, consider showing your gratitude by giving a day's wages to our "Schools Not Slavery" campaign.

A gift of $160 - less than a day's wages for many - will send 2 children to school for a year in our Accelerated Education program.

We at Beyond Borders, the students of Meno and their parents are thankful for your solidarity and support.



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Beyond Borders

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Project Leader:
David Diggs
Washington, DC United States

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