Living in Haiti all of my life, I have always witnessed and heard people say that Haitians do not put their heads together to do the work. Now I know that is not true. This past November I witnessed something I have never seen nor heard about in Haiti.
When we came together to begin the process of planning the music competition I never expected to see the results we have seen. The process took place over several weeks and the final day more than 9,000 people showed up to lend their support and to stand up for the FREEDOM of children in restavek.
The crowd was very enthusiastic and the people cheered when something powerful was said. The people voted for their favorite performer and the finalist that were chosen, deserved to be there. We had many powerful performances and so many talented people that put their hearts into creating original lyrics and music. My arms were filled with little bumps as I realized what was happening right in front of me. To think that all these people were coming together to support the work we have been doing for so long. I wanted to shout with excitement.
One of the most encouraging things to see was so many young people lifting their voices for this cause. I have confidence that this will bring a good result for my country and that together we will raise the flag higher and more Haitian people will stand up for freedom.
Tomorrow night (Jan. 9) Pastor Bilda, Gardy and 8 of the finalist will be on TV in Haiti. The show is for 1 hour and will send a message to the entire country of Haiti. If you are Haitian and living in Port au Prince, please watch at 8 PM on channel 24.
Together we will arrive!
Shinaida Thomas, Child Advocate