How Staff Social Workers Create an Environment of Growth for Children and Families
All of our staff members are critically important to the loving, caring environment we provide for vulnerable children. But our team wouldn’t be complete without our staff of social workers.
Pwoje Espwa social workers work alongside social workers from IBESR (Haitian social services) and CRFAPS (a child protection organization based in Les Cayes) to
understand the physical, emotional, and social needs of each child, and
give our staff at Pwoje Espwa the information they need to deliver empathetic, loving care to the children in residence.
They also spend a considerable amount of time tracing and evaluating their families - visiting their homes in various rural communities throughout southern Haiti, gathering information and testimonies, and creating a care plan for their child. Each social worker spends hours talking with individuals - mothers, fathers, aunts, grandparents, people. They have heard the desperation in their recounts of their daily routines. They have seen their meager shelters. Most of all, they have heard the love for their children above it all.
The current family reintegration experience at Pwoje Espwa Sud has reinforced my belief that allowing a child to live with his family offers many more opportunities for the child and his family. Listening to the testimonies of families within the framework of this reintegration program, each family that has welcomed the final return of a child has come out stronger than the support intended to support them in their efforts to assume their responsibilities towards their children.
- Wijens Sainval, PES Social Worker
As we reunite children with families we empower the family by offering them the support they need to create self-sufficiency. This is done by supporting the family’s ability to educate children, augment its food supply through gardens and animals, and increase its economic abilities with training and business mentoring.
This has advantages for the family in which the child will live. For example, a family that benefits from gardening or cattle, business training - this kind of advantage will allow this family in 2 or 3 years to have its own autonomy and be able to support the children without depending on PES, to development their empowerment, and to be also a source of motivation. This also means that we strongly believe in empowering families.
-Diana Colin, PES Social Worker
All of our social workers are trained, experienced professionals in working with families for the protection of the rights of vulnerable children. We have a team that goes above and beyond for every child.
We are proud to have loving hands working for the futures of children and families.