There are no words to describe how I feel when in Haiti with the children we help with Artists for Peace and Justice.
APJ planted seeds in Haiti. This way, they support the relief efforts after the devastating 2010 earthquake killed more than 85,000 people. It also rendered 1.6 million homeless.
During this time APJ learned that Haiti had made great efforts to ensure access to primary schooling. Indeed, 70% of youth still could not afford to continue onto secondary education.
Affordable institutions just didn’t exist for ten year old kids to go on beyond 5th grade. But, without at least a high school diploma: how was a young person ever going to break the cycle of endemic poverty they had been born into?
This was our opening. Our best chance to make a true impact in the rebuilding effort.
The Academy for Peace & Justice
Built on a seven acre campus in the capital of Port-Au-Prince, the Academy is the largest secondary school of its kind in Haiti. Moreover, it was born out of the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. It has grown annually and is now at full enrollment. Offering dignified secondary education to more than 3,700 students ages 11-20.
The Academy is unique in seeking out some of the city’s most struggling and deserving youth. Providing them with a middle and high school education. Just 30% of teens in Haiti enjoy such an opportunity.
The Artists Institute
The Institute provides professional training and technical resources. This way, they power a youth-led creative economy of local film and music production. Located in Jacmel, on the southern coast of Haiti, the beautiful five acre oceanfront campus features world-class recording studios, video editing suites, production offices and classrooms. It is an oasis for over 300 students and graduates (ages 2o to 30) to learn, teach, collaborate, envision and produce.
The Institute is co-recipient of a 2014 Emmy Award and frequent host to internationally acclaimed artists. Many graduates earn twenty times the national average annual household income.
Brilliant is Beautiful
There are over 1,500 girls and young women in our scholarship program in Haiti receiving secondary education they would not have otherwise had access to. Supporting the global emergence of a generation of transformative women-led leadership, Brilliant is Beautiful, provides strategic support to local organizations working. This way, they empower girls and women through secondary education and professional development.
Building on our experience in Haiti, Brilliant is Beautiful is now partnering with organizations. As a result, APJ expanded the scolarship program in Peru, Uganda and Pakistan.
As a next step, we are exploring new brand and programmatic partnerships to further empower women around the world.