Some 1500 younger folks bought collectively on the Semans Lapè (Seeds of Peace) challenge occasion supported by the UN Peacebuilding Fund.
Rosemonde* (23 years previous)
“I dwell in Cite Soleil which is below the management of gangs. There is just one highway out of my neighbourhood, and it’s usually flooded or stuffed with trash, so it’s tough to take part in outdoors actions.
My mom shouldn’t be at residence proper now and I’m the eldest of six kids, so I do what I can to handle my household. I’m not comfy the place I dwell.
“I make crafts, like earrings. Once I be a part of actions at these large gatherings, I can discuss to folks, I can dwell and act usually. I come right here to take pleasure in life.
I want my neighbourhood was like this, I want it was peaceable.”
“I’m an entrepreneur. I produce jam and peanut butter and different merchandise at my residence in Saint Martin. I learnt this on a coaching course. I want to promote from native outlets, however to try this I would like extra funding. So, for now I’m promoting from my home.
Younger folks in Haiti wish to transfer ahead nevertheless it’s tough to get assist, particularly when there isn’t any functioning social assist system
Younger persons are very careworn, so I feel it is good to deliver them collectively for actions like this, as it could assist them to see that they don’t seem to be so totally different from folks residing in several neighbourhoods.
The state of affairs has been deteriorating for a number of months, however regardless of that I feel I can encourage different younger folks to progress. I consider in myself lots. I’m a pacesetter for my household.”
Younger folks together with my three sisters who’ve completed faculty, spend most of their time sitting at residence with nothing to do. These actions, which embody coaching programs, are essential as they assist us to maneuver ahead. In fact, it’s good to spend time with different youth.
I really like enjoying sports activities. Even after I was little, I used to be sturdy and aggressive and that encourages me nonetheless in the present day to do my finest.
My dream for different younger folks is for them to see their lives the identical means I see my life. Because of this they focus extra on their work, on what they should be taught. I all the time encourage them to attempt arduous.
Considered one of my goals is that, after I end faculty, I wish to journey, to find different nations, however now it isn’t doable.”
“Life in Haiti may be very tough now, due to insecurity, political instability and the disaster as a result of lack of petrol. In response to my grandfather, life was not like this earlier than. It’s turning into tougher yr after yr.
An exercise like this is essential, because it helps youth to socialize and see their true worth. The nation wants extra leisure actions.
The Semans Lapè challenge offered me with coaching and now I’m an entrepreneur. I’m additionally a pupil. I used to be already promoting chocolate earlier than the challenge, however now I’ve taken my enterprise to a brand new stage and the merchandise are extra stunning and higher offered. My enterprise known as Pleased Choco. I see myself as an entrepreneur and so faculty is essential to me.
“The state of affairs at residence in Cite Lumière is so tough. There’s violence clearly, but in addition, when it rains the flooding may be very dangerous. Life was by no means straightforward, nevertheless it has by no means been this dangerous. It’s tough for my buddies to go to me.
Many individuals choose us as a result of we come from this a part of the town. Everybody can have a great life. The general public who’re subjected to violence are harmless.
This exercise permits us to have small discuss, to get information. It’s actually essential. I really like dancing and our neighbourhood placed on a present right here. I feel that it might be higher if these actions may happen extra usually.
My dream is to go to school to grow to be an accountant and proceed to bounce at knowledgeable stage. Nevertheless it’s arduous and we do not have the means to proceed with our education. That is the issue we will say that almost all younger folks right here have. Many people have expertise and intelligence, however we can not exploit it to our benefit.
As we speak’s exercise can change everybody’s perspective about younger individuals who come from deprived neighborhoods.”
The Semans Lapè challenge is financed by the UN Peacebuilding Fund and carried out by Concern Worldwide, in collaboration with nationwide NGOs Lakou Lapè and Sakala.