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Faith, Devotion and the Children During the Easter Season

As we entered into the season of Easter,  the children of Pwoje Espwa carried with them their faith in His love and gratitude in your devotion.

Pwoje Espwa believes that instilling a sense of faith and gratitude is a vital part of child development. This is why Father Gregoire and his religious education program are so important in keeping His word at the forefront of the children’s minds. 

Through weekly Sunday School lessons and daily devotional time, the children learn His word and are reminded of all they have to be grateful for in their lives. With the help from their house mothers, the children give thanks for their daily meals and opportunity to receive an education. 

Through these lessons, and in their Sacramental preparation, they are inspired to live under a loving God. 

Palm Sunday was just as Jesus walked into Jerusalem seven days before being crucified. House mothers, staff, visitors, and children gathered in front of the Quad and walked toward the chapel with palms in their hands.

Mass with Father Gregoire was beautiful and included a recitation of The Passion with some of the older kids. The service ended with everyone singing together joyfully in unison as they prepare for Good Friday and Easter Sunday next week

Karnaval ak Jesus, a beautiful pre-Lenten festival, was happily attended by twelve from Pwjoe Espwa Sud. These teen-aged boys and girls were able to celebrate Karnaval from February 9 – 13 in Côtes-de-Fer in southern Haiti.

The retreat was organized by the faithful community of Salesians of Don Bosco. The pastoral staff from Espwa accompanied the young retreatants. 

Karnaval is a bright and colorful cultural experience of music, dance, and parades. Attended by approximately 450 people, attendees were warmly welcomed by those who live in Côtes-de-Fer.

This Haitian tradition offered an unforgettable experience to those from Espwa. They were respectful and appreciative of the opportunity to continue their discovery of their moral and spiritual core. Their involvement gave them time to reflect on their understanding of the Lenten season and grow a deeper awareness of their Christian spirituality.

As we continue through the Easter season as hopeful Christians, our thoughts, understandings and devotion carry forward.

 

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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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