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Free the Kids launches Ambassador Program

Free the Kids launches Ambassador Program

Free the Kids is excited to officially launch a new volunteer program called the Ambassador Program.

The ultimate goal of this program is to raise awareness for Free the Kids and increase our family of supporters and donors. Volunteer ambassadors are needed to represent Free the Kids and assist with generating funds to meet the needs at Pwoje Espwa.

The program kicked off in August and the group has already held two meetings via teleconference. The group brainstorms fundraising strategies and shares ideas. These ambassadors are working on coordinating speaking opportunities at churches and civic groups in the areas where they reside. Many will also accompany visitors to Pwoje Espwa in Les Cayes, Haiti.

Free the Kids Ambassadors include:

  • Ben Abiles, Chairman and Free the Kids board member
  • Regina Abiles – Florida area
  • Jack Reynolds – Free the Kids board member
  • Mary McNicholas – South Carolina area
  • Dee Orlowski – California
  • Chris Stout – New Jersey area
  • Sue Valiton – Midwest area

This is a very exciting time for Free the Kids and we lucky to have a great team of Ambassadors helping spread the Free the Kids mission!

If you are interested in serving as an ambassador and want to learn more about the program, please contact Samantha Minton at or call 904-635-8649.


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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