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Situation calms, but challenges remain

UPDATE FROM PWOJE ESPWA: Situation has calmed, but challenges remain.

As things start to settle across the country, we are slowly resuming operations at Pwoje Espwa.
School was reopened yesterday on our Pwoje Espwa and Camp Perrin campuses, but attendance was low and some teachers could not make it to campus. We expect this to become more normalized over the days to weeks as parents become more comfortable sending their children to school and as long as things remain stable.
The situation has calmed in our area, but challenges remain. Some employees are still unable to get to work. Supplies are limited because transportation through the country is still impeded, keeping trucks with supply deliveries from reaching southern Haiti. Vendors have increased their prices significantly in order to preserve their stock, keeping many families from accessing needed supplies. Local families and community members are desperately trying to meet their food and fuel needs. On campus we are also preserving resources while assisting our community in the widest degree possible.
Yesterday, we distributed food to the Camp Perrin parents of our students, and students were served a hot meal. We have also distributed food to community members in our immediate area who are in critical need or with handicaps.


We are continuing to provide employment opportunities to our community members with a few projects on campus. We tried to keep these projects going to the best of our ability through the crisis so families have a means to support themselves.

We will be experiencing instability, tension, and facing the consequences of the changes Haiti will endure over the next several months. As we manage Free the Kids remains committed to the vulnerable families and children in Haiti. We ask that you continue to pray for our Haitian brothers and sisters, our children, students, and staff along with their families, and our community members.
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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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