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.