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“The best thing to happen to Espwa” [video]

Keeping families together when possible is “the best thing to happen to Espwa,” according to Child Development Director at Pwoje Espwa, Peronneau Richard.

Peronneau, a licensed social worker, sat down with Free the Kids Executive Director, Frank Irr, to talk about why keeping children with their families is important to their health and development.

We offer support through our programs to all children, whether they are living on campus or at home with their family. While each program area is critical to fulfilling our mission, supporting the struggling families that bring their children to Pwoje Espwa is our greatest responsibility in securing the futures of the children we serve.

Watch the full interview below…

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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