Perhaps the most important program, and the reason Pwoje Espwa was founded, is the childcare program. With hundreds of children to care for on a daily basis, it is vital that this program is functioning at an exemplary level. Staffed by “house mothers” these women work tirelessly each and every day treating the boys and girls of Pwoje Espwa like their own children. They maintain a clean home, see to hygienic needs, clean the children’s clothing, teach manners and respect, and provide a loving environment for the children to thrive.
There are approximately two housemothers to every twenty children. These women live with the children in their homes, providing them with a typical family setting home. The women get one day off each week in which they return to their homes to see their families. They are provided with benefits such as additional resources and scholarships to Espwa schools for their own children. The housemothers are perhaps the hardest working employees of Pwoje Espwa, and indeed the most appreciated.
The childcare program provides housemothers with regular training in CPR, caring for minor health and illnesses, child development lessons, nutrition and hygiene lessons, and crisis management. The housemothers are also given the opportunity to attend literacy classes for themselves, as well as provided with medical benefits. These programs would not be made possible without the assistance from generous donors.