Espere Kay (Hope House)
We believe Jesus is the hope of Haiti and one of the best ways we can bring that hope is by spreading the Gospel and fostering the next generation of Christian leaders. Matt 28:19 – 20, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
In April of 2014, Lucy Fraioli, Dave Kreyssig and Deb Kreyssig spent three weeks in Haiti. Deb and Dave knew God was calling them to full time ministry in Haiti but He had not revealed to them what He wanted them to do. It was during this trip God spoke to their hearts about the transition home. It had come to their attention that there was a new government mandate in which all children over the age of 18 could no longer stay in an orphanage. There were seven children at Loving Hands Orphanage who fell into this category. Upon praying and being open to God’s will, it was placed on their hearts to start a transition home for these children. The seed for Espere Kay (Hope House) was planted. Upon their return to the states, Lucy, Deb and Dave began the process of putting together the non-profit organization, Helping Haiti’s Orphans. HHO was established in order to support Loving Hands Orphanage, the young adults, and to begin collecting monies to support Espere Kay, the new transition home. HHO received their 501(c)3 determination from the IRS in October of 2014.
Currently there are eight young adults residing in Espere Kay in Port Au Prince, Haiti. All are former orphans from Loving Hands Orphanage. Seven students are in school working towards high school graduation and one is attending University.
The house itself consists of a bedroom and bath for the girls upstairs, a bedroom and bath for the boys downstairs, small living quarters for the directors (Deb and Dave), a guest room and shared common space. There is currently enough room for six girls and six boys.
The young adults have devised a schedule for household chores which they are following. They all work together keeping the house in good working order and improving their independence skills.
All the young adults have sponsors for education but some are currently in need of sponsors for basic needs. At Espere Kay they receive healthy food, clean water for drinking and bathing, clothes, shoes, uniforms for school, books, transportation, toiletries, electricity for basic needs, access to computers, mentoring, Bible Study and unconditional love.
The vision for Espere Kay is for it to continue as a transition home for the young adults from Loving Hands Orphanage who are over the age of 18 as well as other orphans as God may lead. In the years ahead, each young adult will continue to work on their own individual goals concerning spiritual growth, education and independence skills. These tools will help prepare them for their lives after leaving Espere Kay. Long term, the young adults will continue their education until the completion of High School, a Trade School or Post Secondary Education, based upon their individual needs. Espere Kay will provide love, mentoring, Christian discipleship, and support until these young adults are equipped to be independent young men and women of Christ in Haiti.
Helping Haiti's Orphans is recognized as a 501c(3) non-profit corporation by the IRS.