Monday, June 22, 2015
The Next Chapter
This weekend Espwa hosted a celebration in honor of the 113 young men over the age of 18 that are graduating from Espwa this week. These men will be part of Espwa's new transition program, which aims to help transition Espwa's older residents to life outside of Espwa's walls.
Through this program, Espwa has committed to fund two years of additional schooling for each individual, whether it be in Espwa's schools or in off-campus professional schools, where they can learn skills to enter into fields such as plumbing, hospitality, or truck driving. This education will help increase their chances of sustaining themselves in a country with roughly 46% unemployment.
We approach this coming week with excitement for each of these young men as they start a new chapter in their lives. But while education consistently is proven to be a gift that can keep on giving, it can come with a hefty price tag. The off-campus schooling alone is estimated to cost $160,000.
If you would like to help Espwa invest in these young men's futures, please consider making a donation to Free the Kids. We are looking forward to what will come from the vast potential these young men have!