Life at times has a way of making you realize that all the little things that we take for granted are true blessings.
Can you imagine yourself as a child… leaving your parents behind in the countryside? Why? Because wanting the best for you, they decide to send you away to the city in hopes that you get a quality education, have more opportunities, and a brighter future. But when you finally arrive to the destination the reality is a stark contrast. You are forced to get up at the crack of dawn and walk for hours ferrying in heavy loads of water for your “new family”. Then escort the children of your “new family” to school, you being the one to carry their books. Once at the school they go inside and you hurry back home to complete the back breaking work awaiting you there. The chores are daunting but you have to hurry so that you can finish them in time to make the trek back to pick up your “new siblings” when the school lets out. You are never able fill your belly. A thin mat on the cold floor is your bed. Not to mention one too many times you are physically and sexually abused.
This is the reality for thousands of children in Haiti who are trapped in a modern day slave system called Restavek.
MBARQGO, a travel goods company, is pushing awareness on this issue through a collection that it’s currently launching called Libre.
Libre (which means “free” in both French and Spanish) is a new collection of bags and accessories which is directly inspired by the fight for freedom with every single point of detail selected and chosen to best communicate Libre or liberation.
The Term “Resilience” comes to our mind when we think about the story behind the Libre Collection. Resilience because on one hand the children are a true inspiration, they have endured hardships and heart ache and many of us will never know and despite that they still have hopes and dreams. Many of them that are able to break out from the system dedicate their lives to reaching back and helping others.
Mike Wogu in his recent TEDx talk shared with us the struggle of following a project through to completion how failing has helped make him stronger. He also talks about his motivation to present this amazing collection to the public again.
The message that we have gleaned from this amazing collection is no matter how bleak the odds keep pushing, don’t stop, there is light at the end of the tunnel. This is a cause that we wholeheartedly support.
Libre by MBARQGO is currently seeking crowdfunding on Indiegogo. You can support the campaign by purchasing the inspiring pieces and by spreading the word around you.
To learn more visit:
- Libre Collection by MBARQGO Indiegogo project page
- CNN & Common the rapper Restavek interview
- MBARQGO: www.mbarqgo.com
- Restavek Freedom Foundation: www.restavekfreedom.org