In this season of goodwill and generosity, Litigation Insights is proud to support Schools Not Slavery, whose work has changed the lives of thousands of Haitian children and their families. A Beyond Borders project, Schools Not Slavery came to our attention through our founding partner, Dr. Pete Rowland, who visited Haiti in 2013 and saw firsthand the positive impact of this remarkable organization on the remote mountain village of Meno, one of the poorest in the world. Still an active member here at Litigation Insights, Pete’s passion for Schools Not Slavery has proven truly infectious, and we couldn’t be happier to get the whole LI team involved.
Schools Not Slavery works to break a brutal cycle of abuse toward young children from Haiti’s poorest rural villages. At its root is the simple fact that half of rural Haitian children live too far away to get to a school. Desperate parents routinely elect to send their children away to live with families in the city, hoping they might get to attend school in return for minor help around the house. Sadly, nearly half are instead subjected by their new “caretakers” to abuse and slave-like working conditions — and never even step foot in a school.
Thanks to Schools Not Slavery, the tide has begun to turn. In 2013, its work in Meno culminated in the creation of a local school and a number of self-sustaining educational opportunities, making it possible for dozens of children to return from Port-au-Prince to their homes and families — and to a solid, free education. Just a few days ago, a campaign initiated by Pete for the village of Joli-Veje reached its funding goals, and stands poised to replicate Meno’s success.
Now, a third campaign has just begun in Senma, an island village. We’re so pleased and proud to be a part of it.
If you’d like to learn more about Beyond Borders and Schools Not Slavery, we encourage you to check out the link below (including the video) and consider joining Litigation Insights in supporting the Senma project.
We wish you and your families all the best for the coming year and beyond.