This past weekend some of the Espere team was able to load up on three motorcycles and head out to visit some of the families in the Special Needs Program. We hopped on our moto's and took off at 9:30. After two long hours navigating the crazy Haiti traffic we finally arrived at sweet little Mile's home. Mile (My-lee) is 3 years old and full of sass and laughs. It is difficult to diagnose exact disabilities in Haiti, but we believe she may have a mild form of Cerebral Palsy.
"When I live with my mom, my mom shows me a lot of love, a lot of affection," Sondy says. "When I'm with my mom, I have everything. When I was in the orphanage I didn't have anything." At Espere, we find ourselves on the front lines of this orphanage crisis. We stare into the blank eyes of the traumatized five-year-old who hasn't smiled or laughed or even cried for years. We can only guess the memories she is trying to forget. We wipe the tears of the the mom who is drowning
Happy World Kindness Day!! How have you celebrated? Maybe you said thank you to the custodian you always pass in the halls. Maybe you took an extra minute to really listen to the answer when you asked someone how there are doing. Lady Gaga, a champion for mental health awareness, shared results from the "King Communities Survey" done by the Beneson Strategy Group that found youth with high mental health inventory scores are significantly more likely to describe their environm
“You shouldn’t go down to the main office any time soon, Ms. Childs” “Why not?” “Because there’s a mom down there who says she wants to kick your head in” Erika Childs Charles remembered during a discussion with the Espere team about the importance - and dangers - of reporting abuse. At the time, Erika was a teacher in a school in Nevada. She reported suspected child abuse, as was her duty, and received threats because of it. “People are smart,” Erika reflected, “Even if conf