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Move-in Day Approaching

Moving Day is fast approaching for the Young Boys. Within days of Thanksgiving we will bless the new dome homes and begin to occupy the Young Boys neighborhood. Children from ages 2-11 will be among the first occupants of these new sturdy, weatherproof homes. The area is comprised of seven dome homes and a single sanitation dome (dark grey in this picture) with new toilets, a hand wash station and showers.

The rainy weather has given our construction crews fits since mid-Summer; it has not let up one bit. As we started putting the finishing touches on the inside construction, we beg an painting the domes. We need three days of sunny weather for the roofs, walls and floors to dry out enough for paint to adhere. Since July have had very few days without rain. However, as you can see, we’ve soldiered on and are near completion.

The domes feature an inside sink with running water, led skylights, and a floor drain for cleaning. Screened windows on the sides and a copula at the top provide convection for heat removal making the domes very comfortable even during the hottest parts of the year. We will start installing a walking path between domes and landscaping the yard this week.  In the figure, Young Boys Domes on the left; girls on the right.In the Teen neighborhood we have been able to erect 8 domes. Construction is progressing, having completed the outside shell of all but one dome (no roof). After putting the roof on the final dome we will start building rooms inside for housemothers. 

We hope to complete the Teen Dome project soon after the first of the year. To keep restless hands busy after school we will build recreational facilities in both areas. We will add a soccer field and volleyball court to the existing basketball court for teens and a playground for young boys. this photo shows domes under construction.

The dome design has been so successful that we are building a bathroom dome on our school campus. Kindergarteners, for instance, can now be taught the importance of proper hygiene and cleanliness, especially the value of hand washing.  The photo below shows positioning of the domes in the existing village.

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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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