Last night, CNN showed a report on child slavery in Haiti, also known as the “restavek system”, on the Anderson Cooper 360 show. For those of of you who missed it here is a short clip of what was reported. They will be showing the second part of the report tonight at 10pm.
Today, it is believed that there are an estimated 450,000 child slaves in Haiti. They are called restaveks. The French word restavek means “staying with”. It is used when a child who is not related to a family lives with that family on the promise of food and education for the child. The sad truth is that the child never gets what he or she is promised. Instead, these children are forced to do hard work for long extended hours. They are also physically, verbally, and sexually abused.
Child slavery is a huge problem in Haiti. It is an issue that is very close to our hearts. Through the vision God has given us to provide food, education, and discipleship for orphans and at risk kids in the community we hope that parents don’t feel the need to send their children away not knowing where they will end up and what will happen to them.
Pray for the children of Haiti. In a country of 10 million people, where 46% of the population accounts for children under the age of 15, there is a huge number of children at risk of some form of abuse, neglect, and/or disadvantage. We might not be able to save them all, but we certainly want to make an impact in the lives of those God places closest to us.