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Exams Wrap Up Despite School Closures

The schools on Pwoje Espwa’s campus wrapped up a challenging week of exams. Students missed several days of valuable class time due to school closures during the country-wide shutdown during last month’s protests, as well as for the national holiday this week.

While most kids may have dragged their feet at the news of school reopening, our students were anxious to get back to classes and were excited to take their exams. Completing their education on time is regarded as one of the most important things they can accomplish to be successful in life.

Students preparing to take their computer exams. We are looking forward to expanding our computer labs in the next school year when our solar projects are completed.

In Haiti, an education is far from guaranteed for a child. While public schools are technically free, there are still several factors that keep children out of school – expensive uniform and supply requirements, long walking distances, the need for support at home. For those students who can afford to attend, classrooms are often overcrowded and underfunded.

While the students at Pwoje Espwa are all aware of the probability of more protests, they are appreciative of every opportunity they have to complete a day of school, and ultimately finish another school year and advance to the next grade.

Being able to provide the opportunity to so many community children along with our residential children is our most highly valued service…and a critical piece in helping the future of Haiti’s economy.

Your Lenten gift supports our education programs, and three other areas at Pwoje Espwa. Visit our website to learn more about how you can make Lent a time of faith, hope and love!

 

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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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