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[Video] Schools reopen, but instability

Schools reopen this week, but several challenges remain

Update from Peronneau (February 23, 2019)

Click the link above to watch an update from from Pierre-Richard Peronneau, social worker at Pwoje Espwa Sud, on the children and programs on campus this past week.

Note: When you click the link, the video will download to your device for viewing.

As we move into the weekend, we are relieved to have experienced a few days of calm. However, families and communities, including Pwoje Espwa, are facing economic instability and insecurity.

Our biggest challenge is confronting the heightened prices in the markets and transportation. Transportation is critical to our mission of serving families – whether it is keeping our residential children connected with their family, purchasing food and supplies, or transporting staff members. The assurance of adequate fuel to meet needs is causing vendors to ration fuel and raise prices. Secure movement of our vehicles also remains a challenge, as outbreaks of protests are still unpredictable.

We have already experienced two wage increases this fiscal year to meet the growing costs of living, and we are most likely facing another increase soon.

As we face mounting economic challenges, a monthly donation from our donors is more important than ever. You can sign up to make your recurring donation or make a special recovery donation here.

As always, thank you for your continued prayers and support.


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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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