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Family Preservation

We strive to keep families together with education and counseling aimed at empowering families to achieve long-term self-sufficiency and independence.

After 20 years of service to the children of Southern Haiti, Espwa is changing its service delivery to prioritize Family Preservation.  This change will allow us to benefit more families and children than ever before.

Recent statistics indicate that at least 80 percent of Haitian children have one or two living parents who want them.  Parents often give their children over to institutions because they do not have the means to provide five primary needs for their children:

  • Education
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Shelter
  • Medical Care

Espwa cannot substitute the love and community bond that only comes from living in a family environment.  Our Family Preservation therefore, is focused on supplementing the family’s abilities with these services in an effort to preserve the family unit.

While we encourage family visitations and extended stays during the summers for our resident children we also provide aid to the family so they can regain the care responsibilities of their children.

Our desired outcomes for this program:

  • Families and children live together in their own homes, as much as possible.
  • For families in crisis to regain their children within a couple of years of engaging with us.
  • For resident children, to maximize the time families build relationships with them at Espwa.

Some areas of support provided to families in the Family Preservation Program:

  • Education & Food Supports
  • Repairing Homes
  • Building New Homes
  • Starting Garden & Animal Farms

Make a Donation or Create a Fundraiser for Family Preservation

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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