Wednesday, July 20, 2011

English on Demand!

Yes, she can!  Jezilen had 2 years or so of school, but her parents really didn't want her to continue.  She'd been a "restavek" (er, "live-in domestic help" - a.k.a. child slave according to some) in Port au Prince.  The family sent her to school for  a while, then couldn't pay anymore.  Her parents insisted she come back to the mountains and carry water, gather wood, sekle the weeds and set the goat to hustle somewhere along with the rest of their 6 girls.

And so she did.

One day this summer, though, Jezilen had some slack time and tried matching English vowel sounds in a Bingo game.

And so she did.

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