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Frank Irr named new Executive Director of FTK

Free the Kids Board of Directors announces its select of Frank Irr as the new Executive Director of Free the Kids.

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Free the Kids is a nonprofit organization that works to raise funds and awareness for Pwoje Espwa Sud, or “Project Hope,” a 125-acre village and home to 300+ orphaned and vulnerable children in Les Cayes, Haiti. Over 1200 children attend Espwa-sponsored schools.

According to Interim Board Chairman, Neil Dunnavant, “Frank’s leadership was a catalyst for quickly mobilizing food aid to Espwa village and the surrounding community, and to beginning repairs within days after Hurricane Matthew destroyed much of the village.”

The category 4 storm directly hit southwestern Haiti in early October 2016 causing major damage to homes, schools and crops in southwestern Haiti. Pwoje Espwa is a staple in the community, employing nearly 300.  The organization is providing assistance to the local community where no government assistance is offered.

Frank Irr served as chairman of the Free the Kids board from February to October 2016. He joined the board in February 2014. Prior to joining the board, Frank traveled frequently to Espwa to help build and train the Haitian administration staff.

Frank is a founder and senior partner with AIM Consulting Associates. Before forming his company he served 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and holds a Master’s degree in telecommunication systems management. Frank first met Father Marc Boisvert, founder of Free the Kids when they were stationed together in Kodiak, AK.

Frank and his wife Kathy live in Norwich, CT. They have two grown sons. Frank is a native of Yuma, AZ.

 

 

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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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