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ESPWA
child development center

the evolution of ESPWA

Pwoje Espwa Sud (ESPWA) was founded in 1998 as a traditional orphanage in Southern Haiti.  After 20-years, upon assuming the financial sponsorship of ESPWA from Free the Kids in June 2020, Overture International successfully transitioned ESPWA from an orphanage to a child development and family strengthening center that provides vital programs for children and support for their families with the ultimate goal of keeping the family unit together. Because orphanages are NOT the answer.  Children who remain in their homes, regardless of extreme poverty, have the best chance of a sustainable future.

"Children develop best in caring families.  Families grow stronger in vibrant communities. And communities secure the future through their children"

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click image to read about  a family reunified

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our belief

We believe that children need their parents and that nothing can replace the connection of a loving family.

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our purpose

Our mission is to alleviate the devastating effects of poverty on vulnerable children in Southern Haiti.

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our dream

We aspire to become the largest and most qualified educational and child development center in Southern Haiti.

programs at ESPWA

1. Education

Classes are offered for Pre-K through University Prep to vulnerable children at a reduced tuition rate or full scholarship.  Religious education is also offered during the school day, which develops the spiritual, moral, ethical and service culture of the students.

3. Family Strengthening

We focus on developing parents as good role models in the home and providers for their families by training and offering them resources for personal skill development and vocational development.

2. After School

Physical, social and community activities are focused on developing life skills, enabling children to reach their highest potential.  Enrichment activities include job exploration and professional development through internships with key partners.

4. Crisis Care

In collaboration with Haiti's child welfare agency (IBESR), we provide temporary residency in safe family-style homes for children in crisis while their families regain their ability to care for their child(ren), at which point children are reunified with their families.

Click here to read about more programs offered for youth and families such as our Young Adult Empowerment Program

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our campus repurposed

Our 7-acre campus and 120 acres of farmland was once reserved strictly for housing and schooling of ESPWA's orphans has now been repurposed with a broader reach in mind.

Today, children, families and community members alike are all welcomed on campus and encouraged to benefit from the many programs we offer.

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The campus of Pwoje Espwa Sud is on 125 acres of land about 20 minutes from the city of Les Cayes and is fondly known as ESPWA...in Haitian Creole, ESPWA means HOPE.

we see the face of CHRIST in everyone we serve

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

–1 Corinthians 13: 4-7, 13

This quote from Scripture defines the core values of our mission in Haiti…

Faith, Hope and Love