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Social Workers Strengthen Child Development

“It’s not going to be easy.”

Child Development Head, Peronneau Richard, recognizes that he and his team of professionals are facing social and economic problems that are embedded into the fabric of Haitian society and institutions.

Creating a community of resources and support for the families of the 200 resident children at Pwoje Espwa is not only a new undertaking for our staff, but also long-term, demanding work.  That is why we have a Child Development Team equipped and willing to help create a path of success for children and their families.


This team will provide a variety of services in support of our Family Preservation program, including:

  • Providing accurate, in-depth records of each child and their family
  • Conducting family assessments and creating support plans
  • Assessing the children and developing an individual plan for their unique residential support
  • Training the wider staff on child protection and our code of conduct
  • Training the childcare staff for the personal and social development and well-being of each and every child
  • Assuring that programs are providing spiritual and moral guidance

With the recent addition of 3 new social workers, we will be able to further our ability to provide these services and support families as their children are able to be reintegrated into the home.

Social workers are invaluable to the well-being of the children and performance of our programs. Their educational background and skills along with their patience and passion for the social, emotional and psychological well-being of others creates an environment of encouragement for the children, their families, and the wider community.


Our staff helps create an environment of faith, hope and love for the children. You partner with them by supporting our Family Preservation program.


Did you miss Executive Director Frank Irr’s interview with our Head of Child Development? Click here to hear more from Peronneau about the importance of Family Preservation!

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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