Restavek Freedom Foundation

Being that I am of Haitian descent, I feel very passionate about reforming Haiti and making it into a more safe and self-sufficient country. I try my best to give back, but I have certainly not yet hit the pinnacles that I have planned to reach. As I continue to further myself in my career, I plan on creating tremendous changes within Haiti; from stimulating the Haitian economy, to helping employ and educate Haitian children, men, and women.

Last night I watched Common’s Dreams CNN documentary, which focused on the Restavek Freedom Foundation. This documentary is part of CNN’s Freedom Project, which focuses on the modern day forms of slavery that are occurring in Haiti. This documentary exposed the exploitation of Haitian children that are known as Restaveks. The term “Restaveks” means, “stay with” in Haitian Creole. A Restavek is a child in Haiti who is sent from the countryside to the city by their parents, with expectations of that child going to school in exchange for doing chores around the house. According to the documentary, many Restavek children are physically, verbally, and sexually abused. Restavek children are usually not sent to school to learn how to read and write, but left to cook, clean, and walk several miles each day to fetch water for their families.

It is extremely unfortunate that these young children have to work so hard at such a young age. They endure so much abuse, and are still deprived of their childhood, and the proper education that they deserve. The Restavek Freedom Foundation is helping to create a better life for young Restavek children, which is extremely admirable. These young children are the future of Haiti and if we do not try our best to help educate them now, then there may not be a positive future for Haiti.

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