Saturday, January 7, 2017

Many Thanks

Our beautiful children were overjoyed to receive gifts this Christmas, which members of the staff were able to purchase thanks to the generosity of our donors. Even though Christmas was a couple of weeks ago, our kids are still totally delighted by their new toys!

The staff laying out all of the toys on Christmas morning. 
Sweet Ferlanda.

All smiles from Casten.

Here is Maranatha using her new toys to make an imaginary meal for some friends.

Phanor enjoying some alone time to play with his truck.

Joyful Jamesly.

Jackson is a total rockstar! 

 From all of the kids at Espwa and all of the staff who witnessed the sheer joy of our children on Christmas morning – thank you.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Year, New Quad

If you have been to Pwoje Espwa before, we're sure you're familiar with the teal green walls of the Quad which quickly start to feel like home for many visitors. Over the next week or so, we'll be updating and repairing our beloved home to ensure that we are prepared for all of the visiting groups coming in 2017. Do you spot the room you usually stay in?

Check in for more updates as we finish up this large and exciting maintenance project!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A Visit From the President!

Wow, what a surprise! The President elect of Haiti, Jovenel Moïses, visited Pwoje Espwa on New Year's Day! 

As he entered the gates with an entourage, children and staff excitedly gathered around to greet him and to understand why we were the recipients of such a special visit. After a short tour of our grounds lead by Father Marc, Moïses gave a speech where he announced that he came to Espwa after hearing about the work that we do and being inspired by the mission through which that work is driven. He stated that he felt it was necessary to congratulate us in person for preparing future generations of Haiti. 

What an exciting way to start off 2017! 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from our family at Pwoje Espwa to yours! While 2016 certainly brought us its own set of challenges, it also gave us a beautiful bounty of blessings. One of these many blessings is Edelynne, a four year old at Espwa with inclinations towards giggling and spreading light in all that she does.
 When Edelynne and her sister first arrived at Espwa in August, it was clear that they were scared and unwell.  After 5 months of attending school and receiving daily doses of love and care, Edelynne and her sister are thriving! As we move into a new year, we look forward to watching all of our children grow and become healthier, happier, well-rounded individuals. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Decorations at Espwa

Check out our new Christmas sign that's hanging at Espwa's entrance! This beautiful decoration, that glistens during the day and lights up at night, was made by some of the young men who live at Espwa.

These gentleman formed a committee that's responsible for organizing activities for our children to celebrate the Christmas season. Seeing the hard work they have done to make their younger sisters and brothers happy is a beautiful reminder of the importance of family during the holidays.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Clean Up begins

With the help of our older boys including some who had recently left us, our staff started clean up efforts.
 With the primary school in the background where our boys are currently living,  our older boys and some neighbors are cleaning our property of fallen trees.
 Thank goodness our faithful workhouse, an old GMC military pick-up, is still working to help with the clean up.

"Men ampil, chay pa lou" is a Haitian expression that means
"many hands make for light work".  Here's living proof!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hope restored

Primary school uniform shirts were salvaged from the boys' homes,
 washed and are seen drying in the sun.
After the initial, disheartening reaction to all the destruction, we have started working to improve our situation.  With all hands on deck, the boys and girls under the direction of ChildCare carefully scoured through the mess that Hurricane Matthew left us to see what could be salvaged.
The photo above is proof that this effort was successful.  It is small steps to normalcy like this that allow us to be hopeful.
Thank you for your prayers and support.