Age of joining the host family for CDW and Age at the time of survey for all children

Perception of Parents on Their Children Living in Another Household

2078 Families Interviewed

According to research in Haiti, most parents do not want their children to leave them and live with some other family.

A total of 2,078 families were interviewed, out of which 264 families gave reasons like their child being too young, having no proper understanding of the process and the host families not being able to afford the children as reasons for their children not leaving or living in other households.

Those parents who placed their children in the care of a host family, sent them away with expectations of them being properly fed and being provided with an education. Very few families sent children away with the hope that their children would support them by sending money or they would be able to find a spouse.


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

The raw data provided to Haiti Now by FAFO Research Foundation and the Institut Haitian del’ Enfance, were 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. Click here to see all our visualizations.


Building The Residential School

Haiti Now administers comprehensive programs that enable girls to overcome domestic servitude. It is now working on building a residential school dedicated to the long term empowerment of Restavek girls. 


In this residential school, Haiti Now will provide an accelerated education, health care, emotional support, mentoring, arts, sports, and healthy socialization with peers and adults. Our goal is to provide the comprehensive support needed for Restavek girls to build a healthy and financially secure future, all under one roof. 

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