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Respire Haiti — Haiti

Mission.Respire Haiti 

HAITI — Respire Haiti wants to end the practice of restaveks by incrementally changing the cultural attitudes about child slavery through holistic education, medical care and community programs. When the financial burdens to educate and care for children are decreased, families have less reason to need to offer their children as restaveks. Respire Haiti's mission is to encourage, empower and educate restaveks, orphans and vulnerable children.

What is a Restavek?  Rester: to stay. Avek: with.

Literally translates to child slave or domestic servant. Restaveks are usually between the ages of 4 and 15. They usually do all of the household chores, i.e. cooking, cleaning, washing, and fetching water. Unfortunately, they are often abused and most likely do NOT go to school. Through educating community leaders, young adults and children about respect, abuse, violence, discipline and more, we are desiring to help train this generation to STOP the practice of Restavek.

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