FrontStream Employees Raise Over $4,000 to Build a Farm in Haiti
We believe in giving back. Not only do we work to make sure nonprofits have the tools they need to achieve their mission, we volunteer our time during the evenings and on the weekends to help support causes we care about. We often make donations to co-workers’ fundraising campaigns, whether it be to support them in a 5K walk or run or simply donate to an organization they support. Giving enriches our lives and is a huge part of the FrontStream culture.
That’s why, we knew our team could help Espwa achieve their mission. Our team joined together to raise over $4,000 to help Espwa build a farm in Haiti and bring “hope to Haiti.” FrontStream matched all employee donations, dollar-for-dollar to enhance the impact of this campaign.
The Espwa Foundation’s mission is to bring hope to Haiti one child at a time. They are committed to fighting poverty through a network of medical clinics and orphanages that bring much-needed care and medical attention to the children of Haiti.
About the Project – Jovenel’s Farm
Twice a year Joe Shaffer, an Espwa team member, and his colleagues take unpaid time away from work to put “boots on the ground” in Haiti to carry out the Espwa mission. During an annual medical mission trip, Joe was introduced to a Haitian farmer struggling to serve his community.
|Jovenel on his farm.|
Courtesy of Espwa
Farmer Jovenel Joseph is a brilliant agronomist with a passion to change Haiti through hard work and education. This gentleman serves his community tirelessly, and keeps receipts down to the last penny. His dream is to have his own farm. His passion and dedication resonated with Espwa and the foundation adopted his mission.
“What farming can do for a community…it’s consistent and returns year after year, month after month. It’s hope for the future, for tomorrow” says Joe Shaffer, Espwa Foundation.
Through the efforts and charitable giving of the Espwa team, FrontStream employees and caring donors, Jovenel now has complete freedom to provide for his community. With 5 acres of farmland finally in his care, Jovenel has hired farmers and grows everything from mangos to beans. We’ve helped him purchase water pumps, equipment, land, but most importantly we’ve helped Jovenel realize his dream.
“As a FrontStream employee, I make the world a better place by aiding charitable organizations find the right fundraising solution for their needs, ensuring the mission grows. I often donate as well, if the cause inspires me. Jovenel and Joe’s stories do just that, inspire. I’m happy to help,” says Dan Fonseca.
For more information, visit www.espwa.com.
This album, “Son De Soley” meaning “Sounds of the Sun” in Creole, was recorded in Cap Haitien, Haiti by several groups including a group of 15+ girls who call themselves “The Divine Princesses,” a church choir group, a choir group from EBAC orphanage, a blind accordion player name Jack and a grade school class in Jacquesyl. The Espwa Foundation will use all money from sales of this album on urgent medical supplies, medical mission trips and clean water projects for Haiti.