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Frequently Asked Questions

As we strive for transparency and accountability, we are committed to answering your questions to the best of our ability.  Due to pending legal actions on this matter, we may be limited in providing some information. 


This FAQ page will be updated with questions and responses that we can appropriately acknowledge.


If you have a question, please fill out the form below.  One of our team members will respond as soon as possible.

You can always reach us via email or phone at and +1.336.870.5723

FAQ 1:  As a donor for ESPWA, I received a letter that mentioned a "recently released news article".  Where can I locate this article?

FAQ 2:  If ESPWA is no longer an orphanage, what has happened to the orphans?


FAQ 1:  As a donor for ESPWA, I received a letter that mentioned a "recently released news article".  Where can I locate this article?



On August 26, 2020, Ayibopost (a Haitian journal), released an article with detailed information about a criminal complaint.  This article was also released in social media.  

This information has been released because we want to ensure that our supporters are always informed about important activities and issues as they arise. We view any incident that causes harm to our beneficiaries and that violates the trust of our supporters and our dedicated staff as a tragedy.  

While we are unable to provide more information on an ongoing legal matter, Overture International and ESPWA’s priority is to stand with our vulnerable beneficiaries and ensure that their rights are protected and respected.  Information on how to report child protection matters, specifically in Haiti can be found in our Child Protection Policy.

FAQ 2:  If ESPWA is no longer an orphanage,  what has happened to the orphans?



Most of the children in Haitian orphanages have at least one living parent.  This was also true at ESPWA where nearly all of the children had a parent or close relative who were willing to care for them. 

Poverty places families in crisis situations where they see little hope, leading parents to relinquish their children to orphanages that promise to provide them with an education, nutrition, clothing, shelter, and medical care.

The reality is that orphanages generally never fulfill this promise.  Children spending an extensive time in orphanages experience a variety of developmental deficiencies and often suffer from abandonment issues and trauma during their stay.  Many children are at risk of being abused or a victim of trafficking by orphanage owners, staff, or visitors.


The best and only proven way to enable parents to provide for their children is to facilitate economic opportunities that offer sustainable, predictable financial resources for them and their communities. 

So, in the best interest of the children, their families and the community, the children who were formerly housed in the orphanage have been reunited with their families. Overture and ESPWA are working with these families, who are eager and willing to care for their children, to ensure they have access to the resources they need to effectively care for their children, and provide a hope and a future for them and the community. 

We understand that there may be some concern about the decision to move the children from the orphanage back to their families, but there are many misconceptions about orphanages, that if most people understood, they would fully support the family-based model of caring for children in poverty. We’ve included below information that will provide additional information about the shortcomings of the orphanage model.

Lumos, an international child advocacy organization has studied the orphanage crisis around the world.  Based on their research, they have published the "Top Five Myths of Orphanages":


  • Orphanages are good for children

    • The reality is that institutionalism causes long-term physical and mental damage to a child’s development.  Even with quality care we cannot replace the connection with a loving family

  • Children in orphanages are orphans

    • The reality is that at least 80% of children living in orphanages have at least one living parent and are not true orphans

  • Supporting a child to live at home is more costly than at the orphanage

    • The reality is that redirecting funds from residential care to supporting families is less expensive and will benefit more children

  • Orphanages must be needed because parents are placing their children in them

    • Families are led to believe that orphanages provide greater opportunities in addition to basic needs, education, and medical care.  In reality, families, even poor families, yield far better outcomes for their children.

  • Visiting short-term mission groups are good for the children

    • The reality is that well intending visitors contributes to the trauma created by separation from family, creates false dependencies, and hinders the development for the children’s future.

Our assessments of the children and their families living at ESPWA reveal the true nature of the situation facing most families there: 

  • the children have parents or close living relatives who are eager and willing to care for them

  • they live in rural communities that lack power, clean water, schools or medical care 

  • they live in unsatisfactory housing conditions

  • they have income that is insufficient to provide nutrition

  • they have minimal education

  • they lack transportation

  • they lack the ability to pay for their children’s education or transport them to a center

  • they lack services that support families and their children.  IBESR, the Haitian child welfare agency, has limited staff and resources and is unable to provide support to families.


With this in mind, we believe strongly that the children who were housed at the orphanage and have been returned to their family are in a much better position to experience a safer, more secure and sustainable future. Of course, all this is only possible with the support of people like you who have a heart to help these children, their families and their communities gain the tools, experience and resources they need to overcome the generational poverty in Haiti. 

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