Overcoming to Learn in Haiti


Most girls in Haiti are forced to drop out of school to stay home to do domestic duties.

Each day, millions of girls around the world can’t step into a classroom. Instead, neglect, abuse, and poverty create seemingly insurmountable barriers to their education, resulting in about 496 million women who can’t read and write today. World Vision works in nearly 100 countries to help girls overcome these barriers so they can attend school, improve their lives, and help advance their communities.

In Los Palis, a community in Haiti, young girls are not as lucky as boys when it comes to enrolling and staying in school. Most girls are forced to drop out early to stay home with domestic duties, such as walking to fetch water with heavy buckets. But 13-year-old Soraya Mitchelle Médine is not among them, thanks to her enrollment in a World Vision child sponsorship program. Instead, she attends class and regularly meets with her classmates to review their homework together. In 2009, she attended a poetry workshop, and when the 2010 earthquake devastated her country, she turned to words to express her grief through her writing.

Written by Kristy J. O'Hara

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