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This morning we celebrated
Palm Sunday at Pwoje Espwa. Just like Jesus walked into Jerusalem 7 days before
being crucified, house mothers, staff, visitors and children gathered in front
of the Quad and walked toward the chapel with palms in our hands. Before
leaving, Matante was sure to remind the kids not to “...rip the palms or throw
them on the ground. They are holy.” (Of course, some couldn’t help themselves
and by the end of Mass many were sporting interesting palm bracelets and
crowns and the church floor was decorated with palms.)
Walking towards the chapel.
Ferlando really enjoying his palm.
Mass with Father Gregoire was
beautiful and included a recitation of The Passion put on by some of the older
kids. The service ended with everyone singing together joyfully in unison as we
prepare for Good Friday and Easter Sunday next week.
And tonight… a special dinner
of PIZZA will be enjoyed by the kids thanks to Sam and his trusty crew of pizza
Thursday of this past week was International Women’s Day! Without
women, Pwoje Espwa simply could not function. Women here are house mothers,
cooks, and administrators. They are firm and kind, intelligent and generous,
strong and understanding. They are truly what keeps our Espwa family moving
The women of Espwa gathered in the chapel on Friday to
celebrate the special day and to discuss the challenges of womanhood and how we
can overcome them together. Afterwards, sodas and snacks were shared. Songs were sung as well. An example of one of
these beautiful tunes is below:
“Famn yo, nou se rozo. Nou se rozo, se rozo nou ye. Lè lapli
tonbe, nou pouse, nap boujane.”
“Women, we are reeds. We are reeds, reeds we are. When the
rain falls, we grow, we are thriving.”
Here’s to strong women all over the world! Their strength
and resilience are an inspiration to us all.