Jenika Sings For Freedom
by the Restavek Freedom Writers
Story: Jenika's life changed in an instant. One day she lived in the countryside with her mother and ten siblings, and the next she moved with her aunt to the city, where she was promised an education but was instead forced into a life of cooking, cleaning, and despair. The only thing that kept her going was her singing. Read this inspiring tale of a girl who overcame the odds, written by girls who understand her struggle.
Story Behind the Story: Written by a team of young women served by the Restavek Freedom Foundation, Jenika Sings For Freedom aims to raise awareness about the inhumanity and injustice of child slavery in Haiti. At the same time, the books give these young women the opportunity to shape the stories of their own lives with power and possibility and hope.
These authors set out to create empathy for children living in these conditions, outrage at the exploitation and abuse, and inspiration to stand up, speak up, and make a change.
Learn more about the Shout Mouse Press / Restavek Freedom Writers project in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Learn more about the work of Restavek Freedom Foundation to end child slavery in Haiti.
Read an op-ed by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times profiling one of the authors, Marilaine.
Listen to WAMU radio story about the project.