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Schools Not Slavery: Aiming to stop the trafficking of children with education

Posted at 4:23 PM, Mar 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-09 17:18:36-05

The Atlantic-Midwest Province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame partnered with Beyond Borders in Haiti as part of the "Schools Not Slavery" initiative.

The partnership is focused on changing and saving children's lives in Haiti.

Representatives from both organizations visited the Caroline Center on Thursday to educate attendees about their efforts to stop the trafficking of children. In many cases in Haiti, poor families give up their children in hopes of giving them better lives. Parents are promised better food, health care and education for their kids, but that's not always the reality. 

"Actually, what happens when a child is in their host families, they're often very abused," said Maureen Plaisimond, a representative with Beyond Borders. "They're often mistreated, malnourished and don't receive the education that was promised."

Thanks to the "Schools Not Slavery" program's hard work, more than a hundred kids were pulled from their harsh environments and returned to their families last year.