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Crisis Care

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.



Pwoje Espwa Sud is a residential care facility providing safe residence and nurturing care for children ages 3 to 18. Children live in one of three villages: girls (ages 3-18), young boys (ages 3-12), and teen boys (ages 13-18).  House monitors provide primary care with mentors providing supervision for teens ages 15 and up.

Each village is comprised of hurricane-proof domes and houses up to 15 children, along with 2 live-in house monitors.

We care for children with an exceptional staff who are qualified and continually trained!


Our desired outcomes for the children:

  • Children under our care develop on task or are caught up-to-task.
  • Children eventually transition back home, or if permanent residents, transition into Haitian society at age 18.


We provide for the primary needs of every child:

  • 3 healthy meals a day
  • Safe and secure homes
  • Kindergarten through Secondary education
  • School uniform, daily clothing and shoes
  • After-school programming and religious education
  • Regular wellness check-ups and immunizations




Make a Donation or Create a Fundraiser for Residential Care



Other Program Areas

Family Preservation


Life Skills & Vocational

Young Adult Empowerment

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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