As protests calling for the resignation of Haitian president Jovenel Moise continue, we remain dedicated to the protection of our children and the continuation of our programs against any odds.
The waves of anti-corruption protests that have enveloped Haiti since July 2018 have been a serious economic burden to the mission. With increasingly high inflation driving prices of goods up, fuel costs rising, impeded transportation throughout the country, and government closures, we are still struggling.
Despite these challenges, we strive to continue our programs to the best of our ability. No one displays this commitment better than our staff members at Pwoje Espwa.
Over the last few days, child care staff members have been coming to campus through back roads, avoiding protests in town, just to be there for the kids. Our security chief has been staying on campus to ensure their utmost security. A few school teachers have also been staying on campus to allow community students to come to campus to finish their exams and ensure that they will close out their school year.
It has been our promise to raise the children who find home at Espwa to be moral, ethical, and steadfastly hardworking young adults. We hope to lead by example by continuing to search for solutions around barriers, find hope amidst the challenges, and keep our mission alive.
Please continue to keep the children, staff, families, and community in your prayers. We are grateful for your support during Haiti’s struggle for peace and justice.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.