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The spiritual upbringing of the children of Pwoje Espwa Sud is an important aspect of their daily lives. Having a strong spiritual upbringing leads to a valued sense of community, family, and kindness. A Catholic priest provides Church services, though Catholicism is not the mandatory practicing religion. Pwoje Espwa encourages the children and staff to explore their faith, and they are supported in their choices of spiritual freedom. Numerous groups of various faiths visit Pwoje Espwa each year. Each of these groups is valued and encouraged to participate in all activities.

All of the younger children attend Sunday school each week. The older boys who teach lessons with a focus on community, love, and faith lead these classes. For the older children who desire to further their understanding and practice of faith, they are invited to participate in formalized religious education classes. These classes are funded through the generosity of donors.


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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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