From the year 2010 to the year 2015
Ayiti Now Corp developed expertise in Haiti with textbooks, pedagogy, teacher training, literacy interventions and the functioning of a community school. In partnership with other organizations we facilitated health care.
Our work has always been primarily with Restavek children, over the years we familiarized with all the difficulties they encountered in the class room, many of which arise from the abuse they endure.
We firmly believe in Human Rights Advocacy and have partnered with the Brigade De Protection Des Mineurs (BPM) and the Institut du Bien-Etre Social et de Recherches (IBESR) for intervention on behalf of Restaveks.
In October 2016 we started to refocus our efforts and are currently in the process of developing capacity to open an Accelerated Education School prototype and fundraising the required budget. The objective is to open the first school by 09-2017 and fine-tune an efficient prototype to replicate.
What the school will offer
The implementation of an accelerated curriculum for over-aged children.
Integrate ICT, multimedia and art in the curriculum development and pedagogy.
Free provision of all materials.
Promote sustainable means of living.
Relaxation of the rules.
Hot meals, school kits, medical / dental care.
Intervention in cases of violence and abuse.
Professional training and establishment of microenterprise.
Psychological and emotional support, educate the boss-families.
Support, Monitoring and Supervision Committee.
Temporary Safe House.
Dance lessons, music, cooking, computer literacy, discussion sessions, sports activities, recreational outings, collective birthday and celebrations.
Involvement of State social workers.
We have facilitated several family reunification and worked with BPM, IBESR, Minustah UNHR, and the Haitian judicial system. Family reunification should not necessarily be the preferred answer. Family reunification is expensive, requires close monitoring and is not always successful, especially in the case of older children. Another solution would be autonomous homes for children of 14 years and older or temporary housing in a Safe House.
Brigade of the Protection of Minors / Brigade de la Protection des Mineurs (BPM)
The Haitian Institute of Social Welfare and Research / Institut du Bien-Etre Social et de Recherches (IBESR)
We will use an accelerated curriculum, recognized by the MENFP and developed for older children, which allows students to reach the Certificate level (6th fundamental year) after 3 years of study. This method seems well-suited to child domestic workers, who are often educationally retarded. Its application should however be the subject of a special assessment. We will seek coaching from GROUPE HAÏTIEN DE RECHERCHES ET D’ACTIONS PÉDAGOGIQUES (GHRAP), a Haitian NGO, and build a mentoring team of international educators for the implementation of the system.
A relaxation of the rules is applied: unlike most other schools, the students will be accepted even without a birth certificate, for example, and they will not turned down if they are not properly dressed, dirty or show up late for class because of personal circumstances.
A Support, Monitoring and Supervision Committee will exist that will work with the recipient families when the child is often absent or shows signs of abuse (tiredness, injuries, etc.); when necessary, this committee will also make house calls. These instances will remind the families of their responsibility and the treatment standards for a child.
We will use a timetable, developed with the families in order to limit the child’s working hours and ensure that he / she can study, sleep and enjoy recreational activities. We will organizes monthly meetings with the recipient families where training on topics such as children’s rights are organized.
Some of the children’s material needs will be taken care of and their living conditions will be improved.
In cases of violence and abuse, the school will seek help from the police so that it can intervene against the person responsible of the abuse.
In cases of emergency, we will provide a Safe House.
Emphasis will be put on quality professional training, which would offer prized marketable skills to children who would otherwise have a very little chance of escaping the cycle of poverty. Whenever possible, once the training is completed it should be accompanied by support in job seeking or in launching an independent business.