16-year-old Anise, here with her mother, was at risk of entering a life of servitude before entering Beyond Borders' Accelerated Education program. The program allowed her to catch up to her classmates then enroll in school full time. Between now and Oct 15., help us raise $20,000 to keep more kids like Anise in school and out of slavery.
More than 2.1 million Haitian children will not be going back to school this fall.
They won't write in notebooks or take tests or hand in homework. No teacher will enlighten their young minds. Tragically, many will never see the inside of a classroom.
Instead, from sunup to sundown, many of these young people will suffer in restavèk -- a form of child slavery outlawed in Haiti, but still widely practiced. Grueling labor, humiliation and fear punctuate their days.
You can change this.
Today Beyond Borders is launching our #SchoolsNotSlavery campaign - to raise $20,000 to combat child slavery with education in Haiti.
Anise lives in the remote village of Meno. One of 6 siblings, Anise's mother couldn't afford tuition and books to start her in school at age 6.
In many situations like this, parents will send their child away to live with a family in a city -- to live in restavèk --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.
Every child deserves the chance to go to school.
In Anise's community, Beyond Borders set up an Accelerated Education program to give children like Anise the chance to catch up to their peers and complete their education.
Now, because of our Accelerated Education program, every child in Anise's village is enrolled in school.
When I spoke with Anise, she said she was excited for the start of the new school year.
"I want to be a nurse," she proudly told me.
Isn't this what we want for every child, the opportunity to live a better life, to realize their dreams?
-- David Diggs, Executive Director
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