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Our Model of Service


Our Model of Service

Families offer the best hope of a nurturing environment for developing children.  In Haiti however, providing for children and for their education is often a challenge. Our programs strive to keep families together with education and counseling aimed to empower families to achieve long-term success. By working with children and their families, we strengthen their ability to thrive together and generate stronger communities.

Breaking the cycle that separates families

Research shows that more than 80% of children in orphanages worldwide are, in fact, not true orphans but rather separated from their families due to poverty and discrimination. Children who grow up in orphanages often suffer from psychological, social and developmental delays. In the long-term, children need the social structure and parental relationship for healthy development.

Our ultimate goal is to break the orphanage cycle through partner engagement that will allow us to extend our services. We work with other Haitian non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, and like-minded organizations who support the delivery of services in several program areas. Partner engagement builds long-term success by providing opportunities to strengthen and empower families and young adults through education, generation of small businesses, and developing practical economic solutions.

Because every child deserves to grow up in loving, nurturing family environment.

Empowering Haitians to serve Haitians

Our efforts on the ground are led by local Haitian staff with support of US-based staff for operational expertise.  We also work closely with local organizations and businesses providing services and resources that benefit and enhance our programs. By working with individuals like local farmers and partnering with professionals providing psycho-social services, we are stimulating the economy and supporting change at the local level. 

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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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