Schools Not Slavery

Haitian parents are no different from parents elsewhere. They love their children and want them to grow up at home.

Videography:  Evens Louis, Producer: Jon Bougher

But each year, tens of thousands of rural Haitian parents send their children to the city with the hopes that a distant family will put them in school. In reality, about half of these children become trapped in a form of modern day slavery called restavèk. More than a quarter million Haitian children – the majority of them girls – are living the nightmare of household slavery, working every waking hour without time to rest, play, or form friendships. Many experience chronic abuse, neglect, and humiliation.

As part of our Schools Not Slavery program we equip rural schools to identify and provide education for older unschooled children – most of whom are girls – at greatest risk for being sent away to live in household slavery.

Schools Not Slavery:

  • Funds teacher training, textbooks, tuition matching and school gardens
  • Helps rural parents find and free their children from slavery
  • Provides adult literacy training, agricultural training and seed & tool banks

Children become students not slaves, growing up at home with their families who love, protect and provide for them.

Where We Work

Where We Work