Espwa Foundation

Creating positive change in Haiti

Alexandria, VA   |  www.espwa.com

Mission

Espwa exists to develop projects that empower the people of Haiti, alleviate poverty, build relationships, and ultimately encourage hope through Christ’s love.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Chris Pfeiffer

Main address

6210 Walkers Croft Way

Alexandria, VA 22315 USA

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EIN

27-3747384

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Christian (X20)

International Health Development (Q39)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In Haiti, it's easy to lose hope. Two of every five people can't find a job, over half of the population can't read or write, and three-fourths don't have access to proper sanitation. Many families have been plagued by some type of infectious disease, but can't afford the medication to help treat it. This type of poverty extends beyond simply a lack of material possessions - it begins to impact one's dignity. It slowly tries to convince people that there is no hope and that they'll always be that way.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Peace & Joy Family Project

A development project dedicated to the education, health, and welfare of 23 children living in 16 families in the Cap Haitien, Haiti area.

Population(s) Served

A development project where a skilled farmer shares his love for farming with communities in Cap Haitien, Haiti. Includes several plots of land and a chicken farm.

Population(s) Served

A relief and development project where we support a medical doctor, nurse, and security manager in serving the medical needs of an impoverished community in Cap Haitien, Haiti.

Population(s) Served

A development project where we support a Haitian pastor and missionary in his evangelism ministry.

Population(s) Served

A medical relief project where we support Dr. Eugene Maklin in his efforts of directing and maintaining a full-service hospital in the Plaine-du-Nord region of Haiti.

Population(s) Served

A development project meant to spread the beautiful music of Haitian choirs and empower choir members to sell their own recordings.

Population(s) Served

A development project to assist high school graduates with higher education opportunities in Haiti.

Population(s) Served

A development project where a family of 9 children is building a home and being mentored by other Espwa project liaisons.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Espwa is the Haitian Creole word for “hope.” Our primary goal is to empower the people of Haiti by alleviating poverty, building relationships, and encouraging hope through the love of Jesus Christ. Practical extensions of this goal include: increasing access to healthcare, creating sustainable small business opportunities, supporting families through education and long-term development, providing farming opportunities for the community, sharing the beauty of Haiti through choir music, and investing in spiritual development through evangelism and discipleship.

Our main strategy is to partner with trustworthy and motivated Haitians who can serve as project liaisons in-country. Our project liaisons are the eyes and ears of Espwa, alerting us to needs, interacting with community members, and carrying out our goals throughout the year. To support this strategy, we conduct a variety of US-based fundraisers, such as running in the Pittsburgh Marathon, hosting the 150-mile Ride the GAP bike adventure, and managing other directed online social fundraisers. We are also blessed to have recurring and one-time individual donors, corporate donors, organizational donors, and church contributions.

First, our US-based volunteer leadership board has a variety of skillsets spanning the medical, financial, engineering, government, non-profit, and legal fields. Our unique team dynamic helps to drive steady progress as we’ve grown over the years. Second, our Haitian-based team of project liaisons provides oversight and accountability in-country. Third, we send 3 - 5 teams each year on a variety of medical and project-based learning trips. These trips allow us to stay connected and continue to build relationships with our project liaisons and Haitian friends. Finally, our website, social media platforms, and donor management system have allowed us to effectively garner support from donors and organizations. This support encourages us and drives us to keep working hard for the people of Haiti.

Over the past several years, Espwa has made a commitment to "helping without hurting" and avoiding paternalism at all costs. This dedication has seen tangible results in several of our key metrics. By investing in New Hope Hospital and St. Anthony's Clinic (including the staff and medications at this location), the medical services available to those we serve in Haiti has increased significantly. New Hope Hospital in particular opened up healthcare to more than 250,000 people in the Plaine-du-Norde region. Our family support program has allowed more than 20 children to remain in their families, attend school, and have some attempt at a normal, healthy childhood. The pastoral ministry of evangelism has produced dozens of opportunities for people to hear the gospel. We continue to look for ways to provide meaningful small business opportunities, particularly for the parents within the families we support, as well as assistance to our farming efforts.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Espwa Foundation

Board of directors
as of 2/6/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chris Pfeiffer

Brady Cillo

Joseph Shaffer

Jennifer Schmidt

Kristin Rumcik

Gary Molinaro

Joelle Laszlo

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable