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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 aim to keep the family unit together and connected wherever possible.

By working with children and families separately we maximize their ability to thrive together.  Our social workers keep them connected through various activities, visitation, meetings, vacation and family events.  Children and families may access our services multiple times throughout their child’s development.

We empower Haitians to serve Haitians.  Our efforts on the ground are led by the local Haitian staff with support of the US-based staff for operational expertise.  We partner with other Haitian NGOs, government agencies, like-minded organizations and volunteers who support the delivery of our services.

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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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