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Father Marc Talks about Espwa Schools – Camp Perrin

Poverty Keeps Haitian Kids from School 

The World Bank recently reported that more than 200,000 Haitian children lack access to any form of education. 

This is partly due to the fact that 90% of Haitian schools are privately run and require tuition fees. This represents a significant barrier to entry for many children whose families cannot afford the cost of tuition, books, transport and uniforms.  

Thankfully, Espwa schools provide affordable education to over 1200 resident and non-resident kids from Southern Haiti communities.  A nominal tuition is asked for, but like many Catholic schools in the US, families that cannot pay the low tuition fees are never turned away.

Your Support Keeps Espwa Schools Affordable for All.


Click on the short video clip below to hear
Father Marc talk about
founding his first school at Camp-Perrin

Our School Lunch Programs Fight Malnutrition

Hunger and malnutrition present a big problem in both long and short-term academic performance. 


Enter Pwoje Espwa’s school lunch program!

Our program feeds each student a warm lunch every day. Studies show that comparable school lunch programs in the U.S. improved attendance, in-class focus and comprehension, higher standardized test scores and improved overall academic performance. 


Haitian children are no different than our own.  

They deserve a chance to learn and grow so that they can eventually live
independently with dignity.


Our schools are totally dependent upon your support.  
Please help us keep our schools open and thriving.


Donate today to help educate a
child in Haiti.


Spread the Joy this Holy Season

The Unconditional Kindness of Strangers

In this beautiful video sponsored by Cross Catholic Outreach, you will see the living conditions of many of our children in Les Cayes, and then experience a day of celebrations as students sang, danced and received gifts–2,400 Boxes of Joy sent from the United States.

As each child opened their boxes, smiles of gratitude shined through. Many were awed by this rare chance to receive a gift of unconditional kindness from a stranger.  Most responded by sharing their gifts with their friends and family, extending the spirit of giving even further in the community!

As we celebrate Passover and Easter this week please do not forget these children who grow up with very little opportunity. Pray for those who provide them a hand up.  And remember that your gifts can make a tremendous difference in each of their lives. 

Every day, Free the Kids and the Espwa staff bring joy and opportunity to these children. Help us keep the spirit of giving going throughout the year.

Spread the Joy!



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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