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Espwa’s Soccer Star!

We are excited to announce that one of Espwa’s own, Michael Martine, was selected to play on Haiti’s junior national team! Michael, who is currently in Espwa’s transition program, first came to Espwa in June 2007. He always had a passion for soccer and his skills flourished while at Espwa. He currently plays for a club team in Les Cayes which is where his talent was recognized by the national team. Haiti’s national team has the best of the best of the country’s soccer players, which represents the country in international tournaments. Earning a spot on the junior team, Michael is one step closer to playing on the international stage. We are so proud of him and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors!



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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