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Espwa is Slowly but Surely Rebuilding Their Community

Rebuilding the Community

Because of your donation, these kids now have a roof over their heads and food once again!

Children Living in the Primary School

Hurricane Matthew Caused Massive Damage to Espwa

The children have been living in the Primary School since the day before the Hurricane hit. They were only able to take 2 days of clothing and all other clothing has been lost.

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Bathroom at Primary School

Hurricane Matthew Caused Massive Damage to Espwa

The Bathroom at the Primary School has roof and water damage. All of the Sanitation buildings are in the same situation.

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Building Damage

Hurricane Matthew Caused Massive Damage to Espwa

All of our offices, schools, and trade workshops have damage. Supplies and equipment are lost or damaged beyond use.

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Hurricane Matthew Destroyed Homes

WE NEED YOUR HELP

We need your help to rebuild homes for these boys

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Boys Village

Hurricane Matthew Caused Massive Damage to Espwa

All of the houses for our Boys have either been destroyed or have structural damage. All of them lost the roofs.

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Moving Back In

Rebuilding

Boys moving back into their homes.

The Boy's Village Now Has New Roofing!

Rebuilding

Thanks to your donation, these boys now have new roofing on their homes!

Espwa is Slowly but Surely Rebuilding Their Community

Rebuilding the Community

Because of your donation, these kids now have a roof over their heads and food once again!

Espwa is Slowly but Surely Rebuilding Their Community

Rebuilding the Community

Because of your donation, these kids now have a roof over their heads and food once again!

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Hurricane Matthew, a monstrous category 4 storm pummeled southwestern Haiti on Oct. 3 and 4, 2016. Reports estimate that the death toll will top 1,000 with widespread damage to homes, schools, transportation and critical infrastructure in the areas surrounding Les Cayes. Crops were damaged and animals scattered or killed; other sources of food have been cut off. There has been a rampant rise in cholera and other serious life threatening diseases. Children and families are in dire need of help.

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Pwoje Espwa, a 125-acre village and home to over 300 orphaned and vulnerable children, was directly in the path of the storm. The storm caused major damage to our boys’ neighborhood and secondary school plus destroyed 3 of the 6 classrooms in one of our outlying schools. All will need to be rebuilt.

None of our children were injured during the storm because of the safety precautions our staff executed prior to the storm. Two days before the storm hit, our staff moved 200+ boys from their homes to the primary school, which is a more secured building. Each boy carried a mattress and two days worth of clothing. The storm caused major damage to all 20 homes in the boys’ neighborhood. Six of the homes were left unrecognizable as the roof and walls collapsed; the other 14 will require new roofs.  Our girls’ dome housing, on the other hand, sustained no damage.  As we rebuild the boys’ neighborhood, our long-term plan is to replace these homes with the sturdier dome design.

In addition to rebuilding our own facilities, we are reaching out to help the surrounding community. Many of Espwa’s neighbors have been displaced and they are seeking food and shelter at Espwa. These families are in dire need of food, water, clothing, shelter and medical services, and will require our assistance with home repairs and rebuilding.