Research on the financial capability of raising money
In times of need, Haitian households in rural areas struggle to raise money in comparison to households in urban areas. Households with girls often struggle more than those with boys to raise money.
The situation in households with female children without any financial capability to raise money was worse for those having female Child Domestic Workers (CDW). Data shows that 53.8 percent of such households, having girls between one and three, had no way to raise money compared to 15.5 percent of households having no female Child Domestic Workers.
In urban areas households with female CDW, were in a better situation and had savings to depend on with only 18.3 of households, having a female child between one and three, finding it impossible to raise money.
The situation is slightly better for rural households having boys between the ages group of one and three. Approximately 36.8 percent of such households found it impossible to raise money in rural areas in comparison to 12.5 percent of such households in urban areas.
Other households either had to borrow money or seek help from relatives and public institutions to survive.
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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