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:
- 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