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May 2009 Featured Child

Child Spotlight: Aunon ‘Edy’ Winson Jude, age 12

Before Edy came to Project Espwa, his only possessions were two pairs of shoes and a few tattered pieces of clothing. After his father died, Edy’s mother struggled to care for him and his seven siblings. She turned to family for help, and Edy was entrusted to an elderly grandmother. Life with his grandmother was difficult. She too was very poor and couldn’t afford to fix the leaky roof of their small cement-block home or buy clothes. They often went whole days without food, because she had no money.

About a year ago Edy started having seizures – lots of them. His family, who lived in Camp Perrin, brought him to the hospital in Les Cayes, a nearly one-hour trip over winding, bumpy roads. Edy was too sick to go back to his home in Camp Perrin, and his grandmother couldn’t afford to stay with him in Les Cayes – so she brought him to Project Espwa. His health soon improved and he was welcomed into the village with love.

Though he still occasionally has seizures, Edy is able to keep them under control with the medicine he receives twice a day at Espwa. With this help he is able to have a normal childhood.

Edy enjoys going to school each day; he’s in third grade. He likes to play soccer, something he didn’t do in Camp Perrin because the other children wouldn’t let him play because of his seizures. He also goes to church often now because he has good clothes to wear. “This project has brought me hope,” Edy said with a smile. “I am so grateful to be here.”

There are many more children like Edy who depend on Project Espwa to help them grow and flourish. Without the help of this compassionate ministry, they would have no hope. To make a donation and give hope to Edy and others like him, please click here.

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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