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Family Preservation

Families offer the best hope of a nurturing environment for developing children.

Our program strives to keep families together with education and counseling aimed to empower families to achieve long-term success.




What we know:

  • An estimated 30,000 children live in more than 760 orphanages across Haiti – less than15% of which are officially registered with the government (Lumos).
  • Recent statistics show that over 80% of children in orphanages in Haiti have at least one living parent.
  • Poverty and lack of access to basic services like medical care, education, and social services has forced parents to place their children in institutions.  


Espwa cannot substitute the love and community bond that only comes from living in a family environment.  Our Family Preservation program focuses on supplementing the family’s abilities by partnering with local services and resources in an effort to preserve the family unit.

Children develop best in caring families…families strengthen in vibrant communities…communities secure the future through their children.

Our desired outcomes for families:

  • 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.

How we help families:

  • Offer education & scholarships
  • Encourage long-term food support through gardens and animal farms
  • Provide safe shelter through home repairs and new home construction
  • Encourage economic growth with training and job creation





Make a Donation or Create a Fundraiser for Family Preservation


Other Program Areas

Crisis Care


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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