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Mission & Vision


To alleviate the devastating effects of poverty on vulnerable children in Southern Haiti by:

1) Ensuring children’s essential needs are met (food, clothing, shelter, medical care)

2) Preparing them to live independent, productive lives (education/vocational training)


We look to a time when vulnerable children can access opportunities to realize their dreams and become leaders in Haitian society.

To be successful in our Mission and Vision we:

  • Focus our efforts on family preservation and ways that keep vulnerable children together with their families whenever possible
  • Implement best practices for family preservation, residential care, education, life skill, vocational training and transition programs
  • Collaborate with a network of partners who can assist and inform our delivery of services

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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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