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In Haiti, mealtime is a luxury. Luckily, at Pwoje Espwa Sud, through the generosity of donors, the resident children are provided with three well-balanced meals each day. These meals include but are not limited to Haitian spaghetti, enriched vitamin rice and beans, rice with bean sauce, chicken, a variety of fruits and vegetables, vitamin-enriched breakfast porridge, and fruit juices. Each meal is prepared in the Espwa kitchen by the employees. Employees participate in professional development to ensure food is cared for, prepared, and cleaned up in high sanitary standards.


The Espwa kitchen and dining room is a busy place. Along with the 300 resident children, the staff also cooks a lunchtime meal for all of the students in all four schools on the main campus- that is over 2000 meals each day! Employees are also provided with a midday meal. Because of the high volume of food prepared each day, Espwa tries to supplement some of the food costs by being self-sustaining. Much of the fruits, juices, and vegetables the children receive are grown on the property. The meat the children receive is also cared for and butchered at Espwa. Vitamin enriched rice and other cooking needs are either purchased from local merchants or donated by organizations such as Cross International and Feed My Starving Children.

With the constant rise in food costs and the importance Espwa places on ensuring all of the children have full bellies, the need for support from generous donors is imperative. Without your help, our children would not receive the proper nutrition they need to grow each day.

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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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