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Restavek Children are Not Satisfied with Their Finances

Research on Children’s Satisfaction with Financial Situation

Researchers interviewed 1,113 male and 1,634 female child domestic workers (CDW). Particularly, they surveyed about their satisfaction with their financial situation. Also, they categorized their answers into the five categories. These were: Very Dissatisfied, Somewhat Dissatisfied, Somewhat Satisfied, and Very Satisfied.
In general, domestic workers in rural Haiti had the highest rates of dissatisfaction. Specifically, 57 to 61 percent of CDW in rural areas reported they were Very Dissatisfied. In contrast, the comparable results for urban areas range from 44 to 47 percent.  But, between 4 and 5 percent of rural CDW reported they were Very Satisfied. Likewise, 2 to 10 percent of urban CDW were Very Satisfied.   
The rates of satisfaction/dissatisfaction matched household income. Accordingly, most dissatisfaction was in households with $609 or less in annual income.  
Because of the widespread poverty, most CDW were unhappy. This was irrespective of age, gender, or region.


In Haiti, many poor rural families send them to live as domestic servants in the homes of urban families. This is out of hope that they will have a better life. These children, mostly girls are vulnerable to emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. People call these children Restavek.

Data Source

Haiti Now used data from the FAFO Research Foundation and the Institut Haitian del’ Enfance. The data is from 2013 - 2014. Subsequently, Haiti Now has published this data online in an interactive manner. Click here to review this data in more detail. Particularly, it shows 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 support these girls so they can build a healthy and financially sound future under one roof. 

Specifically, 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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