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Facebook Fun-raising

Facebook “Fun”-raising is an easy way to reach out to your network of family, friends, and community members for a cause you care about.

If you have a Facebook account, you can create your own fundraiser – or even dedicate your birthday! – to ask your community to donate in support of Free the Kids.

This summer, we need your help to raise $25,000 for the kids at Pwoje Espwa!

 

 

Download our easy to follow

Facebook Fun-raising Guide to get your page set up!

 

 

Choose one of our five Family Stories below to help create your fundraiser.

The following stories can be included in the description of your fundraising event, along with any personal stories or other information you’d like to share in reaching out with your community. You can view a sample fundraising story in the Facebook Fundraising Guide.

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1. Building Strong Families

Pictured is Esta. She was brought to Pwoje Espwa when she was 4 years old because her mother couldn’t provide for her basic needs, like food and an education. As an illiterate woman whose husband abandoned her and her two young children, finding sustainable income to support all of them often feels like trying to cross a vast ocean in a paddle boat.

Additional support is critical for families like Esta’s. By providing secure shelter, job counseling, and financial support. Pwoje Espwa is able to give families the opportunity build and sustain a strong home environment for their children.

2. Support Healthy Environments Through Residential Care

Pictured are Edeline and Rose-Andrès. They arrived at Pwoje Espwa in August of 2016, brought by their father who felt he couldn’t provide the care they needed. It was easy to see that these two were in desperate need of consistent, quality care. Edeline was a shy but sweet little girl with a quiet smile, while Rose-Andrès struggled with a tracheal blockage that inhibited her breathing and growth. She was very skeptical of people, and could not talk or walk.

An illiterate man, their father has a severed relationship with their mother, and was struggling to meet basic daily needs. Working in the fields and tending to livestock for little income, and with no care-giving or financial support from their mother, their father was floundering.

Now 6 years old and 4 years old, Edeline and Rose-Andrès have thrived with the love and support they have received in residential care. For many families it is not possible for children to live with their parents because of critical conditions. In these cases, Free the Kids strives to keep parents involved with the development of their child while they build their capacity for caregiving through support from partner organizations and local resources.

3. Empowering Future Leaders Through Education

Pictured are brothers Kervens (14) and Lunice (16). The brothers love the support they have found at Pwoje Espwa, but it still has not replaced their dream of being home with their parents and four other siblings.

With 6 children and little educational background, the meager earnings that their parents receive breeding goats felt overwhelmingly insufficient to provide for the basic needs of their children. The brothers left the one-room house they shared among all 8 family members to live at Pwoje Espwa in January 2009, where they have excelled in their academics and established themselves as kind, respectful and active around campus.

On campus the brothers have been given the space, opportunities, and resources to grow as students and leaders. Meanwhile, their family will receive support in the form of a new house, education support for their other siblings, and economic assistance for their parents so they can expand their ability to earn money and support their family.

 4. Reuniting a Family

Pictured is Francia. She is 7 years old and resides at Pwoje Espwa, where she attends kindergarten and receives loving care from staff. She arrived from a town not far from campus, where her mother and father provided what little they could for her and her four siblings.

The family calls a small, one-room shelter made of sheet metal home. The little economic activity Francia’s parents participate in is not fruitful enough to provide a sustainable and comfortable living for their family. With no access to electricity and the almost complete lack of other social services like schools and medical care in the area, Francia’s parents recognized that Francia needed a better opportunity for a more promising future.

Pwoje Espwa provides Francia what she needs for healthy growth while her parents are assisted with immediate shelter assistance and connected to community resources like job and business training – so that they can one day be united and provide her the stability of a home filled with faith, hope and love.

5. Strong Families, Strong Futures

Over 90% of the children living at Pwoje Espwa have families. Families in Haiti face harsh, daily challenges in a country with limited or inaccessible public services, an unstable economy, and a corrupt political system. Many feel they have no other choice but to find orphanages and other similar facilities so their children may have an opportunity for education, nutrition, medical care, and, simply, safe shelter.

Even though many children have families, going home may not always be the safest option. It does mean, however, that to help the children in the best way possible, it is also essential to help their families. Free the Kids and Pwoje Espwa help build a family’s capacity to provide care, so that parents can be reunited with their child and their bond may be strengthened. The child can be raised with the love of their parents…while still having the opportunities provided by Pwoje Espwa such as an education, nutrition, and medical care. Strong families mean strong futures, and stronger communities.

Mesi Anpil!

 

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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