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Psychological Support Key for Students’ Success

  Meet Sony and Sonyse. Threateningly malnourished when they arrived at Pwoje Espwa as babies, these 6-year-old twins are full of energy and sass, and are well-loved on campus.

While these two are now happily in good physical health, they have struggled with behavioral issues that often manifest in the classroom, impeding their ability to excel in their classes. Both Sony and Sonyse were held back twice when their teacher could not give them passing grades.

In Haiti, for children who have learning disabilities, behavioral or psychological problems, the availability of individual attention and support in school is very limited. Most schools are severely underfunded and staffed by under-qualified teachers.

With the placement of a psychologist in the schools at Pwoje Espwa and the hiring of a staff of social workers, Sony and Sonyse can now be properly evaluated and monitored.

Emma, our school psychologist (pictured with the twins), is available to students who may need additional psychological support in order to succeed in their classes. She works with the teachers to ensure that all students receive the right support and guidance for their specific needs.

Sony and Sonyse are now receiving individualized attention in school, so they can continue on their academic journey to become successful, independent young adults one day.

This Lenten season, you can ensure Sony and Sonyse and the other children who attend school at Pwoje Espwa receive individualized attention by supporting our Education Programs.


Make Lent a time for faith, hope, love – and learning.

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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