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Haiti’s Children are its Future

June 23, 2018

Dear Friends,

As we enter a new fiscal year for Free the Kids and Pwoje Espwa Sud, Father Marc’s recent message to all of you discussed some ongoing changes.

I want to thank Father Marc for his faith and trust in the team now navigating Haiti’s most challenging problem—its vulnerable children. These children are the future of Haiti and deserve our best efforts.  I am honored to pilot our efforts towards preparing these children for a life of independence with dignity.

This is an awesome responsibility. The lives of so many children at risk weigh heavy on the hearts of our Haitian and US staff as we have limited time to influence their futures. In a collaborative effort, we are focused on charting our course for the next 20 years.

This year, in Haiti’s continued unstable economy, we have met our budget (first year in many), built new residential homes, expanded the school, and created enhanced educational opportunities. We have collectively redefined our services and are putting a staff in place with the competence to help more children and families than ever in Haiti’s Southern region (read more about our programs).

Father Marc’s bold vision of serving Haitian children has blossomed into a mission full of Faith, Hope, and Love. Thank you for your Faith in us, inspiring us with Hope and pouring out your Love to these children. 

God Bless you for your continued support and prayers!

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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