Research on Impacts of Devastating 2010 Earthquake
Researchers canvassed all departments in Haiti and surveyed nearly 11,000 individuals, of whom over 1,100 -- or 10 percent -- were affected by the devastating 2010 earthquake. When viewed in terms of households, the researchers surveyed over 2,000 households -- of which 10 percent were affected by the earthquake. Of all these households, nearly 600, or approximately one third were households that hosted restavek -- child domestic workers (CDW).
These households were impacted in the same degree as the overall population of Haiti, where approximately 10 percent (53 out of 588 surveyed households hosting CDW) were directly impacted by the devastating 2010 earthquake..
Researchers cataloged the losses affecting Haitian survivors of the 2010 earthquake into seven loss types, and asked survivors how many of these loss type categories impacted them.
Loss types included the following:
- Death of household member
- Illness/health issue
- Loss of access to health services
- Loss of access to education
- Loss of income
- Loss of land and animals
- Physical damage to house or property
About 2 percent of the affected survivors had one loss type only. On the other end of the loss spectrum about four-tenth of one percent (0.4%) suffered 6 loss types simultaneously. Luckily, no surveyed survivor suffered all seven loss types. The table below presents the number of survivors and the number of loss types impacting them.
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.
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,
- 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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