Research on Children’s Satisfaction with Financial Situation
Researchers interviewed 1,113 male and 1,634 child domestic workers (CDW) about their satisfaction with their financial situation. CDW were asked about the degree of satisfaction with the allowed answers categorized into the following: Very Dissatisfied, Somewhat Dissatisfied, Somewhat Satisfied, and Very Satisfied.
In general, boy and girl domestic workers living in rural Haiti had the highest rates of dissatisfaction. Specifically, between 57 and 61 percent of CDW in rural areas reported that they were Very Dissatisfied In contrast, the comparable results for urban areas ranges from 44 to 47 percent. On the other end of the spectrum, between 4 and 5 percent of rural CDW reported they were Very Satisfied, and between 2 and 10 percent of urban CDW were Very Satisfied.
As would be expected the rates of satisfaction/dissatisfaction matched household income with the most dissatisfaction in households that had $609 or less in annual income.
Given the widespread poverty and extreme conditions, in general, most CDW were dissatisfied irrespective of age, gender, or whether they lived in urban or rural regions.
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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