In order to bring attention to cultural and legal issues surrounding youth around the world, the United Nations has created International Youth Day
International Youth Day (IYD) is an youth awareness day. It is the brainchild of the United Nations, and was first celebrated on 12th August 2000, after the UN General Assembly passed a resolution. The day is also observed in 18 countries on many different dates throughout the year. The UN defines the worlds' youth as the age group between 15 and 24 years old, making up one-sixth of the human population. It is celebrated all around the world with an objective to raise awareness about issues to recognize the efforts of the world's youth in enhancing global society. It also aims to promote ways to engage them in responsible and active ways so that they can make positive contributions to their communities.
I hope you never have to deal with something like this; however, this is something that many restavek in Haiti ha to deal with on a daily basis. Getting water in a fountain in Haiti while many others are after the same thing.
Let me tell you, getting water from a fountain in Haiti is worst than being involved in a boxing match. Everyone is fighting to get ahead not because they do not know any thing about order. They usually get involved in the fight because no one is certain as to how long the water will be flowing. It becomes a real struggle to be first. in addition, due to fight, most of the water is wasted.
Now just imagine for a moment you are a restavek and "madame is waiting for the water
The struggle to get water in a water fountain in Haiti
How can someone manage to understand these two.
Haiti prides itself for being the first black-led republic in the world after he fought and gained its independence in 1804
However, the same Haiti has been dealing with the issue of restavek which is a modern day slavery imposed in one segment of its population.
Have you ever felt like you are less than another person? You shouldn't have dream, you should not be doing what most people of your age are doing?
Most professional in the psychiatric field would describe this as developing a low self-esteem, feeling of insecurity and inferiority.
In Haiti, this is the case for many children who are or have been working as Restavek in many Haitian homes.
The greatest love we all seek is within us and its us. We need to love ourselves.
How do you think we as a society is doing in this area: Love, inferiority complex, self-esteem, and restavek
Here is the picture of a Haitian child showing his abusive marks received in the hands of a Haitian family while working as a restavek. This is a common practice for Haitian children to both be working as restavek and also to be abused by the family they are working for on a regular basis. The abuses do not come usually from the hands of the adults in the homes but also children, family members as well as friends of the family who might come for visit