By Ukee Washington
LOWER MAKEFIELD, Pa. (CBS) — When Lizzy Legge and Lauren Quinn of Lower Makefield found out that some Haitian children are forced to be indentured servants, they had to do something.
Lizzy and Lauren are two teenagers who love making and selling handmade jewelry, but not because it’s pretty.
“What the jewelry represents is us children helping other children,” said Lizzy.
They call themselves Beads of Hope, and they sell their jewelry to raise money for the Restavek Freedom Foundation.
“’Restavek’ is a Haitian word for child labor,” Lauren explained.
As the girls found out, some Haitian children whose parents can’t care for them become “restavek,” or indentured servants.
“We’re trying to help them get out of slavery and provide them an education through the Restavek Freedom Foundation,” said Lizzy.
They shared their idea with Liz Reese of the historic Three Arches site in Fairless Hills.
“It just touched my heart,” Reese said. “I couldn’t believe children that young could be in slavery in that situation, and I actually felt embarrassed for myself for not knowing that problem existed.”
Through the Three Arches gift shop and other craft events, Lizzy and Lauren raised more than a thousand dollars over the holiday season—enough to pay for school for two Haitian children.
“No matter how little it is, it makes a difference,” said Reese.
To donate, send a check made out to the Restavek Freedom Foundation to: Beads of Hope, c/o Lizzy Legge and Lauren Quinn, P.O. Box 482, Yardley, PA, 19067.
For more info on Beads of Hope, visit the Facebook page.
For more information on the Restavek Freedom Foundation, click here.