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"
programs at ESPWA
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.
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