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Core Values

We see the face of Christ in every child we serve

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

–1 Corinthians 13: 4-7, 13

This quote from Scripture defines the core values of our mission in Haiti…Faith, Hope and Love.

Faith: The values and teachings of the Catholic faith comprise the foundation of our mission.  We do not require those we serve to be of the same faith—we welcome all in need.  We are exemplars of our faith acting consistent with Catholic teachings, conducting our lives morally and ethically, and serving the most vulnerable children of Haiti for the glory of God.  We have faith and trust that God will guide us to the best possible outcomes for the individuals and families we serve.

Hope: We hope and pray for God’s assistance in the midst of difficultly and confusion.  Through hope we remain optimistic, looking forward to the future with joy.  With a vision for a positive future we are able to deal honestly with the reality of our current situation. With hope we are able to achieve an inner peace, which allows us to look beyond the present challenges, find joy in the struggle as we cultivate our capacity to achieve the good in life.

Love: We look on those most in need with compassion and love. We strive to “do small things in life with great love.” (Saint Mother Theresa)  We are compassionate towards those who are helpless, supportive of those in need, and eager to empower those capable of developing their futures.

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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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