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You too can make a difference – Fintan’s Story

I joined the Espwa Halloween team at Dublin Airport, initially with Kieran, Mags, Marie and later at our New York connection with Joe.  After some 9 hours flight time we arrived safely at Toussaint Louverture Airport.  We collected our luggage successfully from reclaim, but I learned I needed a docket (from Dublin) to match the label on the bag to navigate through Airport security; much to my chagrin, a docket I did not have! After a very discrete group huddle, ...

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7 days on the ground – A Volunteers Perspective

Having thought about going to Haiti for a while, I had plenty of time to research the country, its climate, temperatures, population, currency, language etc.  So I thought I was prepared for my new adventure but nothing could have prepared me for what I experienced during my week in Haiti with Haiti Orphanage Project ESPWA.  It was all kinds of amazing, good, bad, happy, sad, inspiring, overwhelming & scary. Would I change a thing about my week?  Absolutely Not, it ...

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Appeal for Buoyancy Aids, Floats and Fenders

Four weeks ago, following a conversation between Seamus O Brien, a boat builder, Trevor Whelan, a sailor and I, a volunteer with The Haiti orphanage Project Espwa, an idea to flat pack a traditional West of Ireland Curragh and ship it to Haiti was formed. Since then, not one Curragh but two have been prepared and are at time of writing this piece are on their way to Haiti in a forty foot container packed with medical supplies and equipment. The ...

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Kenscoff November 2016

  Little did we know when Kieran Tansey and I were planning our trip to  visit the orphanage and continue the great work done on previous trips, to improve the access for wheelchair users to the rest of the schools and orphanage did we know the people of Haiti would be hammered by yet again by another natural disaster. Hurricane Mathew hit Haiti on the 17th October, with winds of 230kph and torrential ran for 2 days it was hard to see ...

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Medical Supplies for Haiti

              Part of a consignment of medical supplies soon to be loaded on a container which will be sent to Haiti as part of the relief effort.

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Upcoming Trip Halloween 2016

We had a trip planned for Halloween 2016 to continue with concreting of footpaths and some roof repairs but in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew our plans have changed. Our team will leave Dublin on Saturday 29th of October to spend a week with Gena in Kenscoff to try and repair some of the damage left in the wake of the storm. Gena has sent a report informing us that thankfully  there were no injuries or fatalities but the orphanage and ...

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Gena Heraty is from Westport, County Mayo. Gina lives and works thousands of miles from her beloved homeland, all so she can bring a trickle of hope to the lives of the people of Haiti.  Just a few short weeks ago, Gena experienced the full force of Hurricane Matthew – and survived.  Others weren’t so lucky. We help Gena through the Irish charity called Haiti Orphanage Project Espwa (HOPE).  ‘Espwa’ means hope in Haitian creole, a word that has lost meaning ...

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Progress report on the work we are doing.

Haiti Orphanage Project Espwa 2016 For those of you that follow the work we do in Haiti, you are no doubt aware that a number of times a year, volunteers from our Organisation travel to Haiti to work on Orphanages there. Currently we are working in an orphanage in Kenscoff where we have been improving the infrastructure within it by putting in wheelchair access paths and ramps. Over the last number of trips we have put in well over 300 ...

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Kenscoff March 2016

The time spent working in an orphanage is very often the easy part of organising a humanitarian trip to Haiti. Planning a trip includes the identification of an orphanage to work in, assessment of the work that needs doing, raising of the funds needed to carry out the work, liaising with the local contacts to compile a materials list for works to be completed and deciding on the number of locals required to complete that work. Also completed before arrival ...

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Kenscoff October 2015

Our Halloween trip this year started out from Dublin airport on Sunday 25th Of October 2015,and  while there were only a few travelling, I was really looking forward to the trip as it would be my first venture North of Port au Prince to Kenscoff. I had travelled numerous times to Haiti already but my final destination was always South to the island of Ill a Vache. I had been assured that going North was a totally different experience not ...

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