We want to see girls in domestic servitude overcome extreme poverty,
heal emotional trauma, and live rewarding lives.
Who We Are
Haiti Now (Ayiti Now Corp) is a non-profit organization based in Miami, Florida, that is fundraising to build in Haiti a Residential School for girls in domestic servitude. It is a volunteer-based organization, operated completely remotely. Alex Lizzappi founded Haiti Now (Ayiti Now Corp) after the 2010 earthquake which killed many, including thousands of children. We honed in on long-term solutions to permanently change the lives of our recipients.
Our first efforts were helping an orphanage in the immediate days after the 2010 earthquake. This included offering check-ups and vaccinations. Later in 2010, we founded our first Book Bank focusing on children in domestic servitude. The Book Bank program continued to expand as we began to offer teacher training programs and more school supplies. In 2017, driven by the desire to improve the design of our programs, we reviewed scientific research and the active programs of other organizations working with Restavek in Haiti. We analyzed the underlying data and began partnerships with compatible groups. Surveys conducted with children in domestic servitude were the main source of our data. See the data visualizations we made here: https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/haiti.now.
Our experiences working with children in domestic servitude along with our review of the literature and other organizations’ work led to the development of new programs appealing to the needs of Restavek.
Additional programs like business incubation, the accelerated curriculum, and mental health initiatives were created and the Residential School project was born.
It is here we began architectural drawing for the Residential School. We maximized design, energy, water, and material efficiency to improve the overall environmental impact and increase the sustainability of the facility.
Our main goal is the Residential School with an emphasis on mental health, the aforementioned business incubation program, and an accelerated education curriculum. This will allow students to reach a 6th-grade certificate in only 3 years. Since 2010, Haiti Now has improved the lives of over 1300 impoverished children. It will continue to aid many more.
Girls in domestic servitude need safe spaces, improved living conditions, and reliable high-quality programs to overcome extreme poverty and break the cycle of domestic servitude.
Ideation, research and development of income generation activities or vocational skills to increase the girls economic security and re-integration into their families and communities.
The experience of abuse, neglect or exploitation can cause severe, long-term health and mental health problems. This program supports the psychosocial well-being of the girls.
The girls will graduate basic education in 3 years instead of 6. We also focus on essential life skills like self-awareness, creative and critical thinking, decision making and problem solving.
We provide the children we serve with educational opportunities in an environment that fosters a sense of belonging.
We treat the children we serve with dignity and work in their best interests at all times.
We strive for excellence in the education, training, and support services provided to the children we serve.
We evaluate the effectiveness of our programs and embrace change as an opportunity to continually improve our methods and processes.
We exemplify good stewardship in fiscal administration and strive for simplicity and consistency in our reporting.
What Sets Us Apart
- Quality Over Quantity
We focus on impact, not numbers. We would rather transform the lives of 100 children than offer inadequate services to 1,000.
- Focus On Restavek Girls
Understanding Restavek girls’ unique needs allows us to tailor our efforts for maximum effectiveness and efficiency.
- Real And Impactful Action
Our comprehensive approach addresses the root causes of problems faced by Restavek girls to achieve long-term sustainable change.
- Investing In Economic Empowerment
We are preparing Restavek girls to become skilled and independent individuals by providing access to consulting services or customized technical advice for entrepreneurs and micro-entrepreneurs; capital-in-kind (e.g., inventory) for micro-entrepreneurs; intensive asset-specific training, and regular follow-up visits by an asset specialist and program officer; income generation training and follow-up technical expert advice; formal ownership and control of assets, to improve their productivity and economic security; access to markets and help overcome constraints in meeting demands of supply chains; access to electricity, financial and digital literacy; demand-oriented skills training for marketable skills, combined with on-the-job training and when possible wage subsidies; we want young women who can affect positive change in their communities.
- Fully Engaged and Accountable
We are on the ground and take full responsibility for the Restavek girls in our care. We are accountable to our donors and partners and make sure every dollar counts.