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Kiwanis partners with Free the Kids

downloadFree the Kids operates a school with 350 kids in a remote part of the island. Those 350 kids have been evaluated by a doctor and have been found to be severely malnourished, if not starving. But Free the Kids does not have the money to feed these children. I can’t live with that . . . knowing that I / WE could do something about it.

community-outreach-1Eliminating world hunger is way over my pay grade. I don’t know how to tackle that problem. But feeding 350 hungry children in Haiti seems doable, and I have stepped forward to lead the charge to do what I can to raise the money to feed these children. I can’t live with myself, if I don’t try to do it.

Can it be done? I certainly hope so! It will take more than $30,000 to feed these 350 kids for one year. The infrastructure is already in place to get the food to the country, through the ports and to this school. But the money just isn’t there . . . YET! And ALL the money donated for this need will go into a restricted fund at Free the Kids and can’t be used for any other purpose except to buy food and transport it to where these children are.

Thank you for your gracious gift!

President Ken Brown

Noon Kiwanis Fountain Hills


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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