For spring break this year, 5 female relatives in our family – my twelve year old daughter, nieces, sister-in-law, and myself – are going on an adventure to volunteer at a rural Haitian orphanage called Pwoje Espwa for one week. Pwoje Espwa (meaning Project Hope in Haitian Creole) is a non-profit organization, also known as Free The Kids, that houses, feeds, educates and nurtures orphaned and abandoned children in Haiti. Originally focused on boys, they have expanded and opened their doors to include girls after the terrible earthquake in the country that happened 3 years ago.
This trip is a first of a lifetime adventure for our family; much different than anything we have ever done before. We are not world travelers or wealthy philanthropists, but we would like to make a difference in a child’s life. We feel we are so lucky in our lives and want to experience firsthand the struggles other people face and the reality of their difficult worlds. We also want to assist these children and this wonderful organization by raising money and raising awareness for this cause.
Just by taking the time to read this letter or visit their website, we will have raised awareness for the children of Haiti.
My girls are fundraising to raise money, new children’s underwear and backpacks to bring with us for the children of the orphanage. They have set a goal of $3000; in their minds that equals $5 for each of the 600 children we will be visiting. These donations may be made through our Fundly Page or mailed to our address:
Dr. Jill Smith
Dental Health and Wellness Boston
31 State Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02109
Please make checks payable to “Free the Kids”. For more information about our cause, visit www.FreeTheKids.org. It costs Pwoje Espwa $150 a month to provide medical care, education and clothing for each child, so they could definitely use our help.
We appreciate your help and support, and want you to keep us in your thoughts for a safe journey. I look forward to sharing our stories and adventures with you when we return!
Dr. Jill Smith