Human Rights Education Brings Hope to Haiti Children

Understanding human rights is the first step to gaining these rights for oneself and others.

Young children learn their human rights at a school in Haiti.

According to the Human Rights Watch World Report, a form of human trafficking is still widespread in Haiti:

Use of child domestic workers—known as restavèks—continues. Restavèks, the majority of whom are girls, are sent from low-income households to live with wealthier families in the hope that they will be schooled and cared for in exchange for performing light chores.

Though difficult to calculate, some estimates suggest that 225,000 children work as restavèks.These children are often unpaid, denied education, and physically or sexually abused.

In the Human Development Index of the United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Report, Haiti is listed at 163 of 188 nations and ranks lowest of all Western Hemisphere countries.

Youth for Human Rights International believes education, and specifically human rights education, is key in turning this scene around. The group not only provided a full set of educational materials to a Haitian charity that is teaching children their rights, they also sent the school a laptop, camera and projector so they can deliver the full program to youngsters in that country.

The first step to securing human rights is gaining an understanding of the 30 articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the world’s premier human rights document.

The Church of Scientology supports Youth for Human Rights. Scientologists on six continents engage in collaborative efforts with government agencies and nongovernmental organizations to bring about broad-scale awareness and implementation of the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the world’s premier human rights document.



Categories: Non Profit, Poverty, Human Rights

Tags: child labor, Haiti, human rights, human trafficking

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