households most severely impacted physical damages to houses or property.

Impacts of Devastating 2010 Earthquake on Restavek Children-Detailed by Department and Type of Loss

Impacts of Devastating 2010 Earthquake on Restavek Children-Detailed by Department and Type of Loss

Researchers canvassed all departments in Haiti and surveyed 2,078 households. In general, the earthquake affected 10 percent of households or 210 of them.
Notably, the households in the Ouest and Sud-Est Departments were the most harmed. This is in reference to physical damages to houses or property. Specifically, 14.1 percent of the households in Ouest state suffered physical damages.
Also, the Ouest state households were most affected by illness and health problems. Particularly, it impacts 10.3 percent of household residents. The heatmap below lists the percent of households changed by each of seven loss types.
Also, the map of Haiti details the losses by type and by departments across Haiti. In brief, this interactive map finds the percent affected by each type of loss out of the respondents.
Generally, the Ouest departments suffered the greatest losses. In particular, almost three percent of households lost someone in the earthquake.



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 the FAFO Research Foundation and the Institut Haitian del’ Enfance. The data was collected from 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 had 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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