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Internship Program Begins This Month

It’s said that the best way to learn is by doing.

One of the ways we hope to prepare our resident children for independent life is through on-campus internships.

While we have had a few similar opportunities available for our residents over the years, Child Development staff have been working with other staff members to build a more robust and cooperative internship program that will encompass more areas on campus and include more of our residents.

Engaging teenagers in work activities and experiences gives them the opportunity to learn about the jobs that are available to them when they return  to their communities outside of Espwa. Exploring different work environments allows them to gauge their strengths and weaknesses, learn how to work with others, work on their communication skills, and hone other skills they may need to engage in the various positions.

Young interns have been working in the guest house and maintenance teams over the years, but the new program will extend to many other departments, including:

  • Kitchen
  • Transportation
  • Food depot
  • Clinic
  • Reception
  • Tailor shop
  • Agroforestry
  • Stock room
  • Child Development
  • Haircutting
  • Electricity

 

The internship program will focus on teenagers in their last 2 years at Pwoje Espwa. When they enter the Transition Program at 18-years-old, the teens will continue their education for 2 years in a trade school or pursue other business opportunities. The internship program allows for them to prepare for these experiences and gives them a better idea of what their future dreams, goals, and pursuits will be as they transition out.

Beginning this month (April), 20 to 24 teen students will fill internship positions across these departments for a term of 3 months. We look forward to seeing the closer cooperation and growth between our residents and staff members!

 

 

Make Lent a time of faith, hope, love, and growth for the children at Pwoje Espwa.

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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