Hard to believe that three years have passed

The 12th Of January marked the 3rd anniversary of the devastating 12/01/10 earthquake in Haiti – over the month we’d ask that you spare a thought for all those killed, maimed, injured, who lost their homes , who lost loved ones, who lost everything. One of the many positives that came from this disaster was … Read more

Happy New Year from ESPWA!

Wishing tout fanmi nou yo, Ilandè ak ayisyen zanmi ak ko-travayè yo, facebook zanmi, sipòte yo e doners trè jenere anpil pi bon an pou Nouvèl Ane sa a, ak chèche pou pi devan pou kontinye pwojè nou an sou Ile yon vach nan 2013. Ki sòti nan tout nan ESPWA. Wishing all our families, … Read more

The Advance Party – Week Five – 10th December 2012

Ailish’s final week saw a much needed equipment upgrade for the medical centre and the inevitable sad goodbyes. ‘Sunday morning is a quick meeting about what jobs are left to do and we have the first round of goodbyes as Damien heads back to Ireland for Christmas. As he headed off the rest of us … Read more

The Advance Party – Week Four – 3rd December 2012

Week four sees Ailish referee a volleyball tournament, be boarded by UN troops and celebrate Christmas with the children of Isle a Vache. ‘The work out here is all team effort, this week especially with Damien, Calix, Chavanne and I working on the Fete Noel. We had 50 presents to sort and wrap and all … Read more

The Advance Party – Week Three – 26th November 2012

This week Ailish explores foster/sponsorship programmes and prepares for the Christmas concert and children’s party. ‘Well my first venture with the choral group went well. I only played one song very quietly in the background. I had a second outing with the choir on Monday as we had a mass for Sr Yvonne and her … Read more

The Advance Party – Week Two – 19th Nov 2012

This week Ailish highlights the power of music and reports an increase in Cholera cases on the island. ‘Has it already been two weeks and at the same time only two weeks? Bringing a guitar has turned into a fantastic idea for many reasons. Thanks to Breretons Music Academy in Loughrea for the donation of … Read more

The Advance Party – Week One – 12th Nov 2012

One of our founding members, Ailish O’Reilly , travelled to Haiti on a solo mission recently to prepare the ground for the wider groups’ next visit in February 2013. This is Ailish’s diary of those five weeks spent planning on Isle A Vache. ‘The weather in Haiti is still unsettled so there was no baking … Read more

Launch of 4Haiti.ie

Haiti Orphanage Project ESPWA is now live on the world-wide-web! We’ve built this site to let people know what we do, as just as importantly, why and how we do it. As we complete further works on the Island we’ll be documenting them here in words and pictures so you can see just how your … Read more

H.O.P.E wins funding award

Irish Life staff each year choose one Irish based charity and one Irish based international charity to benefit from staff fundraising activities. Haiti Oprhanage Project Espwa put itself forward for consideration for the 2012 award and was delighted to be selected as the Irish based international charity winner. Kieran Tansey, one of the founding members … Read more

February 2012 – Exceeding expectations

In February of 2012, we returned to Ille A Vache. On our last trip we built a pathway from the school to the orphanage, allowing disabled and wheelchair-bound children get to school without having to be carried over rocky and often broken ground. The school itself sits above ground level, with a ramp that many … Read more