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Tracing Jesus’ Journey at Pwoje Espwa

Free the Kids Executive Director Frank Irr shares on participating in the ‘Stations of the Cross’ with the children during his recent trip to Pwoje Espwa.


Last week I was in Haiti and had the honor of participating with the children and our Pastoral staff in Friday Stations of the Cross at Espwa.  Stations of the Cross trace the journey Jesus took to his crucifixion.  It is a way of commemorating the pain of suffering Christ endured to give us salvation. 

Each of the 14 Stations are placed around campus.  A short reading is proclaimed and a few prayers are said before moving onto the next station.  The group engages in singing in between stations.  The service teaches our children the salvation story.  The beauty and reverence of this service are part of a Catholic’s Lenten tradition each Friday. 

One of our Pastoral Staff, Mr. Lacrose officiated and led the prayer.  Matante and the Housemothers accompanied the children to help them stay together and show the proper respect.  This is all part of the spiritual and values formation of our children. 

For Catholics and Protestants alike, we are all part of Christ’s universal church.  We hope you will join with us in this Lenten devotion by participating in a Stations of the Cross service at your local parish. And when you do, please keep these children and our staff in your Lenten prayers.   








Make Lent a time for faith, hope and love.

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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