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Box of Joy Days (UPDATED)

Espwa, Camp-Perrin and Torbeck Children Celebrate 
Box of Joy Days

 

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We were blessed to have had 1200 kids from Espwa schools (resident and non-resident) joined by another 1200 from local community schools to participate in “Box of Joy” celebrations.

The events were made possible through our partnership with Cross Catholic Outreach.

 
 
 
 
 

Celebrations were held on March 16th at Torbeck, March 22nd at Camp-Perrin, and March 23rd at Pwoje Espwa.  

School children enjoyed a day of games and music, food and fun.

 

 

They also received boxes full of donated gifts such as toys, candy, school supplies, and hygiene products.

The children checking out each other’s boxes to the left are from a Camp-Perrin community school.

 

 

Girls from Camp-Perrin School take a moment to show classmates the surprises they found inside their boxes.

After school most of these children spread the joy by sharing the contents of their boxes at home with siblings and friends.

 

 

Twelve journalists and videographers joined the Cross Catholic team visit.  These national media members hope to highlight the endless needs in Haiti and the opportunities Espwa provides to each child.

To the left students and families assembled in the Espwa Dining Room await the start of the program.  They enjoyed singing, dancing and speeches from staff.

One of our little guys smiles through a cinder-blocked window at the Pre-school as a classmate looks on.  

Thanks to our many Espwa staff who carefully planned and hosted the days’ events.  

 

Our kids embraced this experience expressing their pure joy with staff members, our partners, the journalists and their own families.  In the end they gave more to others than they received themselves.  What a wonderful way to spread the love of God during this Lenten Season!

 

 

 

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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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