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How Espwa Helps Families

Walking through the community surrounding Pwoje Espwa in the weeks following Hurricane Matthew, you could see makeshift shelters of tin, tarp, and scraps standing next to collapsed homes. You could find Bernard Olivier and his wife, Lolia, sweeping the ground in front of their own shelter. Their children, Bertholet (age 7) and Lonia (age 5) ran around them barefoot.

Hurricane Matthew destroyed the Olivier home and blew away their farm, goats, and chickens. Seeking shelter in the following days, the family stayed in any safe place they could find until they were able to scrap enough tin together to construct a semblance of a home on their property. With most of their possessions destroyed along with their livelihood, the Olivier family was living day to day.

As the new school year approached the following year, Bernard and Lolia were discouraged about their ability to enroll their children, Bertholet and Lonia. Hurricane Matthew had destroyed their birth certificates, nor did they have the money to cover the high costs of tuition and school supplies.

 

Espwa reached out.

 

Espwa supported the Olivier family with food distributions while they recovered their farm. Bertholet andLonia were provided clothing and were enrolled in school at PES with a scholarship so their days could be filled with learning and growth.

 

 

Two years later as you walk through the community, you can find Lolia and Bernard tending to their small farm outside of their new home, which they welcome you into with big smiles and open arms. Two years later, the family has been able to recover and stay together, with YOUR assistance.

 

This is what Family Preservation is all about.

 

 

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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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