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Espwa Safe Despite Unrest

Posted – July 11, 2018 – I’ve received several phone calls and emails this week regarding the desperate situation in Haiti. Starting with the government’s announcement of fuel price increases (by 40-50%) on Friday, the country has been racked by violence, looting and riots. The government temporarily rescinded price hikes this weekend, but now there are calls for President Mo├»se to step down. This creates uncertainty and an environment in which random violence can flare up anywhere.

Thankfully, we currently have no visitors in country. Our children and the staff are safe within our compound, now surrounded by a 14-foot wall (new addition this Spring!). We’ve topped off fuel, water and supplies. Operations continue.

Although both the US and Canadian Embassies are currently recommending NO TRAVEL, it is too early for those traveling this Fall and Winter to make a final decision. Please watch the US State Dept. Travel site or the similar Canadian site for emerging details. Talk with us prior to making your final decision.


Please click on this link to donate to our security wall project.


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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