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Shoes Campaign Yields Over 1000 Pairs

A hearty “Thank You” to those who responded to our request for funds to purchase shoes for our children.  Over an overwhelming success, over 1000 shoes were funded.

Just over 500 shoes were funded through Because International’s Shoes That Grow Program.  An additional 500 shoes and counting have been funded through several fundraisers in NJ and WI, and by several private donors throughout the US.

Shoes will be provided to Espwa residents, students at Espwa and Camp-Perrin schools, and children in the surrounding community.  Specialty shoes such as boots and saddles will also be distributed as needed.

Shoes take up a significant portion offer budget each year.  Your generosity will help us meet a large part of this need thorough 2018.  God Bless all of you who participated in this special campaign!!!


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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