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April 2009 Donor Tribute

A Heartfelt Thanks to the Thomas & Cracchilo Foundation!

FreeTheKids.org (Theo’s Work, Inc.) is fortunate to have the support of the Thomas & Carol Cracchiolo Foundation. Aside from their regular support of daily operations, they have been instrumental in the construction of several major projects at Pwoje Espwa. A critical project was the construction of a security wall for our southern neighborhood, which houses children ages 3 – 15. Another project was the buliding of a home for Fr. Marc at Vilaj Espwa. Formerly, Fr. Marc resided in a small room at our original orphanage in the inner city of Les Cayes. His new home provides him continual close proximity to the operation. Most recently, our good friends have has pledged to provide funds for the extension of the electric power grid to the north village where our older residents and some employees live. Fr. Marc and the children of Espwa sincerely thank the Cracchiolo Foundation for their steadfast support.

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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