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Mission Awareness Trips

Visit us at Espwa!

For those who want to learn more about how Free the Kids and Pwoje Espwa Sud (PES or Espwa) create an environment full of Faith, Hope and Love, we welcome you to visit our facility, staff and children in Les Cayes, Haiti.  Spend a week getting your hands dirty completing arts and crafts, throwing water balloons, losing (most likely) a soccer game, holding English classes, and completing other fun activities with the 300 kids at Pwoje Espwa Sud. You will work with the guest house managers on site to craft an itinerary that is informative, fulfilling and fun.

Prior to arrival, we recommend and encourage visitors to explore the different programs operating on campus (check them out here!), find one their group feels passionate about, and hold a fundraiser. When you arrive, you can see and experience for yourself the program your group has financially supported and how your support embraces the lives of so many.

We have one major expectation of our visitors – that you come with open hearts and minds to learn and love, and that your experience continues long after you leave the front gate of Espwa.

We depend on our visitors to share their experiences with their friends, family members, and communities so that our support network can continue to grow. It is our hope that our visitors learn more about our mission and experience how it is being realized so that they can become more informed advocates. By advocating and extending the branches of our support base, visitors play a critical role in aiding the programs at PES to continue to operate and give children the opportunity to develop and flourish as human beings.

When you visit Pwoje Espwa, we invite you to find friends and cultivate relationships among the children and staff. We invite you to embrace a new culture and language.

Most of all, we invite you to find hope – ESPWA – for the future of the next changers and leaders of Haiti.

If you are interested in organizing a trip or for more information, you can reach out to:

Free the Kids, Inc.

If you have already visited Espwa, please CLICK HERE and complete our survey

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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