THE VOICE OF CHILDREN

Because children are the first beneficiaries of our actions, we are convinced that they should be consulted, listened to and taken into account.

Child Heroes in Haiti- My Hero

Today, the youth of Haiti are heroes not waiting for help but taking their futures in their own hands. Discover our campaign ”My Hero”.

Find all our heroes and heroines on the interactive map of ”My Hero in Haiti” and leave us a comment.

Rosemaine from Bainet, a water sanitation champion

Jean Rosemaine has eight brothers and sisters. When one of her brother got cholera, she took really good care of him. Since then, she decided she would become a nurse. Occasionally, she cooks and sells food to be able to pay her fees to go to school.
Some people believe she is a hero… Do you think she is?

Peter- Grand Gosier, the  messenger for sanitation for all

Peter, 14, lives in Nan Rada in the commune of Grand- Gosier located in a remote and rural area in the South East of Haiti. What he has learned on the importance of using a latrine or on the good hygiene practices to avoid diseases, this little messenger of the Community Approach for Total Sanitation disseminated it over and over in his community to help people staying healthy.
Some believe Peter is a hero… Do you think he is?

 Rosemana from Savane Carrée, nutrures her brothers with food, love and cares

Rosemana, 12 years-old, lives in Artibonite. She is a loving and caring sister and daughter. She manages to work to help her family, takes care of her siblings, does the follow up of her 3 little brothers that suffered from malnutrition to make sure they stay healthy . She is also a brilliant student in her class.
Some say she is a hero, do you think she is?

Edyl from Jacmel on his way to freedom

Meet Edyl, 13 years old, from Jacmel. Since his father’s accident he works to provide for the basic needs of his family, and to pay for school when he has enough money for it. Some people believe he is a hero… Do you think he is?

Djolanda from Jacmel, the apprentice sewer who dreams to become a nurse

Djolanda is 11 years-old. She lives with her mother and her two brothers. Since her violent father left home, the girl is concerned for her mother and feels she has a role to play to help provide for the family. Some people believe Djolanda is a hero, do you think she is?

 Clifford from Belladère, the nomad child who dreamed to go to school

Clifford lives in Belladère. From its 14 years, he has, on many occasions, deliberately crossed alone the Haitian border to live in the Dominican Republic. His aim? Finding a job and save enough money to pay for school.
Some people believe he is a hero… Do you think he is?

The following videos are part of The Oneminutesjr initiative which highlights and celebrates diversity among youth around the world. More than 1,000 young people, coming from 70 countries, including Haiti, took part in this programme.

The Oneminutesjr gives 12-20 years-old youngsters, especially those who are underprivileged or marginalised, the opportunity to have their voices heard and to share their ideas, dreams, fascinations, anxieties, and viewpoints with the world. The intimate nature of the videos allows the viewer to be close to each other in spite of geographical and cultural borders.

Children’s drawings

In Haiti, in spite of a series of measures taken by the State to prevent corporal punishment in schools, there is evidence that this scourge is still present in many educational facilities. In this context, the Haitian Ministry for Education, with financial and technical backing from UNICEF thanks to funding from Belgian funds, set up a pilot scheme called Action Against School Violence in Haiti”

This pilot scheme set up in the South-East region consists in developing a Code of Conduct, training school staff to encourage them to use positive discipline and an awareness campaign on violence issues. Through this scheme, pupils expressed their unhappiness and frustration through drawings. While participating in focus groups, they expressed their wish for a total ban on such pratices from their schools.

This test phase will continue until December 2015 and contribute to the qualitative improvement of education in the South-East region.

 

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