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Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission is to alleviate the devastating effects of poverty on vulnerable children in Southern Haiti by ensuring these children’s essential needs are met (food, clothing, shelter, medical care) and preparing them to live independent, productive lives (education/vocational training).

We look to a time when vulnerable children in our care can access opportunities to realize their dreams and become leaders in Haitian society.

We care for
Nearly 300 full-time children

Our clinic serves
20-30 patients each day

Pwoje Espwa

Total school enrollment
Over 1200

We serve
About 2000 meals a day

  • Population of Haiti: 10,100,000
  • Population under age 18: 4,200,000
  • Unemployment: 41%
  • 62% of Haitians earn: $1.25 USD per day

I fell in love with Espwa during my first visit last year. Hard to put into words, but there was a real "heart" connection with the kids and staff. It is a special place. My visit was focused primarily on the girls and the teachers. Relationships were initiated during that first visit that I treasure very much!

- Maria Simeone

There is hardly a more heartbreaking sight than seeing an orphan in Haiti--many of them who have families who simply cannot feed and clothe them. Of course there is the emotional response to their plight, but there is a more pragmatic hope--that given a chance in a loving, caring environment, these children can grow up to be leaders, people who can move their communities and the country itself in a positive, healthy direction.

- Jackie Wilson

This place is amazing! The kids and their caregivers will restore your faith in the human spirit. The magic of Espwa is that there is a childhood provided for the kids there that would not exist otherwise.Haiti has a very very long way to go, but this is a hopeful place with clean, well fed, happy children, teachers, house moms, and support staff. Fr Marc and all of the others should be very proud of their accomplishments. Help them in any way that you can!

- Kerri McDonough Croland
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