A Growing Dream
Espwa Berlancia was born out of the desire to honor the short life of a little girl. Berlancia was born in Haiti and spent 23 months here on earth battling HIV/AIDS and eventually succumbed to a related infection on August 29, 2008. Despite her affliction she had an incredible spirit, sparking eyes, a squealing laugh and a personality that stole the hearts of many.
She should have grown up to bless the world with her smile; instead she died because she was born in a country that couldn't take care of her.
HIV is now a manageable disease with available medication and a healthy lifestyle. The spread of HIV is also preventable, both during childbirth and through other means of infection. However; due to the primitive nature of Haiti’s health care system and the lack of dependable education, the disease has become a generalized epidemic.
Recognizing the need to bring these opportunities to the community, Espwa Berlancia was established in February, 2010. With the goal to provide HIV tests to clinics working in Haiti and support them in whatever way possible to continue their work.
In 2016, Espwa Berlancia expanded to include an inpatient malnutrition center and family preservation program. Since then, the primary focus of Espwa Berlancia has shifted to these two programs.