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Bringing New Life to Campus This April

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

-The Lorax (Dr. Seuss)

In preparation for May 1st, Labor and Agriculture Day, the kids began planting trees – “pyebwa” in Haitian Creole – around campus last Friday!

Throughout the month of April, the kids at Pwoje Espwa will be learning to care for the environment and the importance of agriculture through various other activities across campus. Community school children are invited to participate so all can learn about the significance and broader influence of caring “a whole awful lot”!

Assisting with these activities alongside other PES staff members is Romain Fanfan (pictured on the left wearing a hat). Romain started working for Espwa prior to Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and has been an instrumental hand in the replanting of trees and other plants throughout campus over the last 2 years.

Romain lives in the local community and is a strong advocate for families in desperate need. When he is not working at Pwoje Espwa, he helps a local community church maintain an after-school program for community children that assists them with their education. Pwoje Espwa supports this mission with food so that students who attend other schools without a lunch program will have at least one hot meal that day.

In a country that has suffered from mass deforestation and whose economy is carried predominantly by farmers, teaching children about the benefits of planting even a single tree is a lesson that will influences future generations and the healthy future of the earth.

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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