Haiti Now Residences of Restavek

Restavek Boys Live in the Poorest Households

Research on the Wealth and Location of Households Hosting Restavek

There is a large difference in the household wealth of homes based on the gender of its domestic workers. Generally, there are two main dimensions. Particularly, these are the wealth of the household and its location. Overall, girl domestic workers are generally placed in wealthier households. 
The accompanying graph highlights the wealth of households with girl domestic workers.
In conclusion, the vast majority of the richest households place girl domestic workers.
Also, girl domestic workers are in wealthier households in the vicinity of Port Au Prince. In comparison, male ones are in the poorest households outside of the Port Au Prince area. Usually, these are rural areas.


In Haiti, many poor rural families send their children to be domestic servants. Specifically, they want to give them a better future in the homes of urban / semi-urban families. Ordinarily, these children are girls. They are vulnerable to emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. People call these children 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
  • prepare for a better future

Our current goal is to build a residential school for Restavek girls. Thus, we intend to support these girls to build a healthy and financially secure future. 

In this residential school, girls will receive:

  • an accelerated education
  • health care
  • emotional support
  • mentoring
  • arts and sports
  • healthy socialization with peers and adults

Envision these girls reaching their potential at our residential school. You can and join us in building this facility.

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