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Our Programs

 

Free the Kids supports the programs and activities at Pwoje Espwa Sud (Espwa) in Les Cayes, Haiti by providing needed resources to:

  • Keep our children with their families whenever possible.
  • Develop each child mentally, emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually through the age of 18.
  • Prepare them to live independently through education and life skills.
  • Provide an opportunity for economic viability through vocational training.
  • Provide the most exception adults with further academic and business opportunities.

Our Program Objectives:

  • Family Preservation:  We strive to keep families together with education and counseling aimed at empowering families to achieve long-term self-sufficiency and independence.  
  • Residence Program:  We provide safe residential homes for orphaned children who have no family, and temporary residence for families with vulnerable children, who will return home after some time.
  • Education:  We offer pre-Kindergarten through Secondary 3 education.  We set high academic standards in our schools while facilitating student achievement through caring assistance beyond the classroom.  Religious Education is offered during the school day, which develops the spiritual, moral, ethical, and service culture of our youth.
  • Life Skills and Vocational:  Our after school programs enable our children to reach their highest potential, build confidence and dream big.  Enrichment activities also include job exploration and professional development opportunities through in-house experiences and internships with key partners.
  • Transition Program:  Residents transitioning back into Haitian society at age 19 are offered one of two paths to independence and empowerment.  Our alumni attend either a two-year vocational program that results in a trade or skill that leads to potential employment through our partners or, if academically gifted, a path to higher educational opportunities inside or outside of Haiti.

Read more about Our Model of Service and Our Core Values

A printable version of our Programs is available here.

Conditions in Haiti continue to be devastating which brings more and more people to Pwoje Espwa Sud for shelter, food, education, and medical care.

Caring people like you make our programs possible!

 

Please make an online DONATION today! 

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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