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What is a Restavèk?

If you are a restavèk:

You probably come from an isolated, rural area of Haiti where there are no schools, no electricity, no running water and few possibilities for the future.
You probably now live in the city with a family who is not your own – not as a foster child, but as the servant. 
You probably are between the ages of 5 and 15, and missing out on your childhood.
You are three times more likely to be a girl than a boy.
You probably get up before dawn, before the family members, to begin preparing for their day and go to bed well after most children are asleep.
You are probably responsible for preparing the household meals, fetching water from the local well, cleaning inside and outside the house, doing laundry and emptying bedpans.
You probably don’t get paid for any of these activities.
You rarely get to see your family. You might not even remember where they live.
You rarely, if ever, go to school, depending on the family’s financial situation and schedule. 
You may not get enough to eat or food with enough nutritional value for someone who works hard all day.
You may also be subjected to physical, emotional or sexual abuse in addition to the various forms of neglect mentioned above.
You never have all of your rights as a child respected.



  Campaign Overview
  Rights of the Child
  Where is Your Grown-up?
  How You Can Help
  Children of Shadows - 54-min documentary
  Defensora de la libertad
  Restavèk No More: Eliminating Child Slavery in Haiti - NCHR Report - April 18, 2002
  State Party Report - Haiti to the UN with Respect to the Convention on the Rights of the Child Submitted in 2001
  Ti Saintanise - restavèk story in Creole by Maurice Sixto
  NCHR Urges Haiti President to Fullfill Promises on Children's Rights
  Restavčk: Four-year-old Servants in Haiti - Haiti Insight Dec '96 / Jan '97
   Join NCHR in the March for Children's Rights
  Articles and Books

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