Why is it important to have schools in the rural mountain areas?
According to the Global Slavery Index, Haiti is eighth in the world for child slavery. A childhood slave is known as a restavek. Many families, especially in the rural areas, cannot afford to send their children to school. So, in hope for a better life for the child, families send their children to live with wealthy families in the city. In many situations, children do chores around the home if, in exchange, the wealthy family will pay for the child’s schooling. Unfortunately, in most cases children become slaves, or restaveks, in the home and never have the opportunity to go to school. Many of these children are beaten, malnourished or sexually abused. If there was not a school in LaFond, children would have a greater chance of either not being able to attend school, or of becoming a restavek–the child being shipped off to a new family with a hollowed sense of hope for an education and an improved life.