Movement of children based on department of birth and residence

3/4 of Restavek Moved Away to their Work Households, and Some Have Moved 4 times

Research on Movement of Children

FAFO researchers tracked the birth location and current location of children to record trends on where Child Domestic Workers were born and where they work as domestic workers.  In general, there is a general trend towards Port Au Prince metropolitan area, as shown in the following table comparing the current department to the department of birth. The Metropolitan Department encompasses Port Au Prince.

75 percent of Restavek have moved at least once, and approximately two percent have moved four or more times for their work.  In contrast, for children who are not domestic workers over half have never moved from their birth place.


In Haiti, many poor rural families hoping to provide a better future for their children send them to live as domestic servants in the homes of urban / semi-urban families. These children, mostly girls are extremely vulnerable to emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. These children are known as Restavek.

Data Source

Haiti Now relied on data obtained from FAFO Research Foundation and the Institut Haitian del’ Enfance. The data was collected in 2013 - 2014.

Haiti Now has published this data online in an interactive manner.  Click here to review this data in more detail, and to see other dimensions of the living conditions of Restavek in Haiti.

Another Option for Abandoned Girls in Domestic Servitude

Haiti Now ‘s mission is to give Restavek girls the ability to:

  • leave domestic servitude, and 
  • prepare for the future they and their parents hoped for.

Our current goal is to build a residential school for Restavek girls . We intend to provide the support needed for these girls to build a healthy and financially secure future, all under one roof. 

In this residential school, girls will receive:

  • an accelerated education, 
  • health care, 
  • emotional support, 
  • mentoring, 
  • arts and sports, and 
  • healthy socialization with peers and adults. 

Envision the opportunity for these girls reaching their potential at our residential school, and join us to build this facility.

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