Give a child hope. Join our Sustainable Giving Community.
When you make a monthly gift, you join a community of people committed to sustaining an environment of faith, hope and love for the children at Pwoje Espwa Sud.
The program formerly known as “Army of Angels” has transitioned and will merge with our community of sustainable donors to serve the needs of the children and their families as our Sustainable Giving Community.
Following Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, the Board and Staff of Free the Kids completed a thorough evaluation of our mission, and identified challenges, strengths, and areas for improvement. This allowed for a renewed commitment of meeting those challenges by restructuring programs and making improvements that increased our ability to focus on vital family preservation and ways that keep vulnerable children with their families whenever possible.
Members of our Sustainable Giving Community choose to support 5 Key Program Areas:
Supporting a child for one year costs $3,200.
Care includes healthy meals, clothing, safe shelter, medical care, education, and special activities.
Providing a scholarship for a child for one year costs $1,200.
Providing a quality education for each child includes books and supplies, uniform, and regular teacher trainings.
We support the families of residential children and families in our community in many ways, including food and education support, as well as shelter repairs and construction. To build a home for a family costs $5,700.
Our after-school programs cost $2,000 per quarter.
These programs and activities enable our children to reach their highest potential, build confidence, and dream big.
Supporting a student in the transition program costs $4,800 for 2 years of vocational training. When residents transition back into Haitian society at age 18, they receive support for 2 more years of education so they may find a path towards independence and empowerment.
These 5 areas are essential to the services we provide for all children and families we serve in Southern Haiti. Our Sustainable Giving Community ensures they continue to receive support in these areas every day.
As a member of our Sustainable Giving Community, you will receive regular monthly updates on spotlighted children and their progress, activities and programs, and how your monthly contribution has made an impact that month.
How does your regular gift have a broad impact?
After 20 years of service to the children of southern Haiti, Pwoje Espwa is changing its service delivery from an orphanage model to one that prioritizes family preservation. This change will allow us to benefit more families and children than ever before. We can love and care for children, but Pwoje Espwa can never replace loving, grounding environment that comes from children living with their families and within their communities.
Across Haiti, poverty-stricken families make the difficult decision to place their children in orphanages and other residential care facilities because they cannot provide them five basic levels of care: food, shelter, clothing, medical care, and an education.
Natural disasters, like hurricanes and earthquakes, have been followed by floods of new children being admitted into these facilities as families struggle in their aftermath. Devastating events like these can wipe away livelihoods in a matter of hours – crops and livestock may be destroyed, weak infrastructure may collapse, and already scarce resources become increasingly difficult to provide.
The Haitian government has recognized this pattern that has weakened family and social structures. Its social services department, IBESR, in coordination with UNICEF and Lumos, is implementing a plan to strengthen the family unit in Haiti.
This plan involves working closely with orphanages and residential facilities across Haiti, many of which are privately funded and internationally run, to encourage family preservation as an end goal.
PES remains committed to providing a safe home for those children that cannot live at home. We provide safe residential homes for orphaned children who have no family, and temporary residence for families with vulnerable children, who will return home after some time. You can read more about our Model of Service here.