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Majority of Children Earn Less than One Dollar in Haiti for doing Domestic Work

Research on Payment to Children for Domestic Work

The majority of children in Haiti earn one dollar or less for doing domestic work, according to data from 2013-14. The most common payment for all children is 90 cents for doing hard domestic work daily.

The earning power of a Child Domestic Worker or CDW is much worse than a non-CDW.  A very small percentage of CDW children were able to earn a maximum of between $10 to $ 15 while non-CDW children could earn up to $50 for doing similar work as a CDW.

Most of the CDW children give the money earned by them to members of their household while a small percentage share it with family outside the household. Such children are able to keep only a small share of their earned money with themselves. Non-CDW children keep a larger percentage of their earnings with themselves besides sharing it with family and others outside their household.


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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