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Archive for May, 2017

Dome Home Construction Begins

Young Boys Neighborhood to Provide Safe,
Secure Living for Growing Boys

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, and all of the destruction it brought to our community in Haiti, Free the Kids committed to providing safe and secure housing for the youngest children of Pwoje Espwa. Now, we have the funding we need to complete this important work.

We’ve been quite busy. In January we completed the Espwa master plan, developed dome home architectural drawings and entertained a site visit from our construction partner to finalize the design. 

We broke ground late February on the first of two dome home locations–a young boys neighborhood.  The young boys site is located adjacent to the girls dome neighborhood and will house boys, ages 2 – 12. See our master plan drawing above; the girls’ neighborhood is on the left; boys on the right.

Thanks to the generous response from our donors, we have recently
achieved our campaign goal for these homes!


Despite torrential rains we’ve experienced during the past two months, we’ve been able to continue infrastructure work and raise walls for each dome.  Infrastructure includes water, electrical, septic systems, drainage, a wall and the foundations.  Further construction awaits the air forms, which are used to build the roof for these structures and give these homes their dome shape. 

Each dome will provide living space for up to 20 boys and a house mother (separate room).

A wall has been erected to protect the children and a security guard will man each neighborhood 24/7. 

One of the most exciting features of this new community is that it features play and art space for the children! This gives them a place to play and create under the supervision of house mothers–an opportunity for fun and exploration that all kids need to develop.

The project is being overseen by Cameron Parker. Cameron is an amazing talent serving as our agronomist, landscape architect, master planner and project manager. He is responsible for overseeing all of the rebuilding and construction projects on the ground and has built an exceptional construction management team in Haiti.





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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