Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) has had relations with Pwoje Espwa (Project Hope) orphanage in Les Cayes, Haiti for many years. This March 2014, OWU will send its fourth team of students and faculty to Espwa to assist with construction, teaching the children, and other projects. Espwa provides shelter, food, and education for over 700 children, as well as vocational training such as carpentry, farming, and art classes. Our team is sponsored by OWU's Spring Break Mission Trip Program, which is operated on the basis of four pillars:
Restorative Justice: We seek to gain awareness of, show respect for, and build relationships with people and cultures with whom we interact. We seek to stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in a way that honors and restores the human dignity and sacred worth of all involved. We seek to become agents for justice on our campus and in our world.
Transformative Reflection: We seek to intentionally and thoughtfully reflect on our experiences and interactions. We seek to bring our authentic spirituality to bear on what we learn. We seek to be changed by our exposure to people and ideas beyond our own. We seek to reflect as individuals and as a team, to learn and grow intellectually, socially, and spiritually.
Substantive Community: We seek, as a team, to develop into a close-knit community of mutual support. We seek to learn to work together as a whole, to be greater than the sum of our parts. We seek to bring what we learn and experience back to OWU for the enrichment of the whole campus community.
Conscientious Leadership: We seek to call out the innate gifts and talents of each member of our team. We seek to hone and develop those gifts and talents for the betterment of ourselves and each other. We seek to learn how and where each of us is called to lead, how we might each add something unique and positive to our team's experience.
Right now, our team is fundraising to cover the airfare to Haiti. Any additional donations will be given directly to the orphanage. To learn more about Espwa, please visit their blog at: http://espwameanshope.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2013-11-23T12:39:00-08:00&max-results=7&start=7&by-date=false
Thank you for helping us to help others and learn through our service in Haiti.