Key Directors & Sponsors
Director of 2023 CNS Academic Conference & Special Projects Officer
Congress of Nations and States
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The Renand Foundation is working to eliminate childhood slavery (restaveks) by building sustainable communities. There are currently more than 400,000 children in Haiti considered to be restaveks. These are children from families in rural communities whose parents don’t have the means to care for all of their children. They will give their children to larger families in larger cities as they believe those families can provide a better life for the children. Unfortunately, this often leads to human trafficking and child slavery. Our belief is that through self-dependence and education we can help overcome this sad practice and provide a more positive and beneficial future for families. Today, we are an organization that has four schools, a medical clinic, a microloan program for women and three afterschool children centers, which provides after school support, tutoring, and meals. We build and repair homes, create industry, and provide medical/dental care. We are excited to be supporting our brothers and sisters in Haiti in building sustainable communities so that they can grow, prosper, and support their families, ultimately ending the restavek problem!
The Konar Center uses education and community building to help develop students' moral compass, leadership skills, and encourage their commitment to social justice advocacy. We provide opportunities for students to attend courses, workshops, educational trips, conferences, and study abroad programs to advance equity, social justice, civic responsibility, and religious pluralism. Special educational events are also held throughout the Greater Rochester area to present diverse learning platforms for local communities and to enrich our partnerships across the region.