The Stiller Foundation was featured on the December 2, 2012 broadcast of “CNN Heroes: Sharing the Spotlight.” For the show, Ben Stiller sat down with Anderson Cooper to discuss The Stiller foundation’s work in Haiti with Ciné Institute and elsewhere, as well his personal thoughts on philanthropy and celebrity

CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Ben Stiller from Ciné Institute on Vimeo.

We’re proud to announce that on October 1, 2012, the Academy for Peace and Justice welcomed a whopping 1,400 students to school for the year! With the help of Artists for Haiti, a fundraising organization chaired by Ben Stiller and David Zwirner, construction on the second wing of classrooms was finished and able to double the size of the Academy since last year.

Ben, who also sits on the Board of APJ, came down to Haiti with his wife Christine for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new wing. It was a beautiful day of joy and gratitude — and we want to share it with you. Check out the video here:

Artists for Peace and Justice: School Opens 2012 from APJ Now on Vimeo.

Our heartfelt thanks to Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor and David and Monica Zwirner for making this day possible.

Fun, Philanthropy, and Artists for Peace and Justice: The 2012 Festival Lunch raised $550,000 for Haiti!

On September 9th, 2012, we held our fourth annual Toronto Film Festival fundraiser to benefit our programs in Haiti. This year’s event was held at the University of Toronto President’s Estate, a beautiful outdoor venue, and was co-hosted by Trudie Styler, Jude Law and APJ Canada Board Member George Stroumboulopoulos.

Guests were treated to truly incredible performances from Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida from Our Lady Peace, K’Naan and Arcade Fire, and among the revelers were Alexander Skarsgard, Ian Somerhalder, Claire Forlani, the Property Brothers and Alison Mosshart of the Kills. K’Naan’s poignant performance struck home with the audience, as guests sang along to the lyrics, “It is better to light a candle than to curse the dark.”

For the finale, Arcade Fire strummed through the crowd and ended up on stage, giving a rousing performance of “Sprawl II” and then “Haiti,” a particularly moving song for our event. As Arcade Fire has been supporting work in Haiti for years, lead singer Win Butler gave an impassioned speech echoing the words of CEO David Belle urging all guests to be generous in their support. It worked – the afternoon raised $550,000 for our programs in Haiti. Thank you, Toronto! See you next year.

 

ARTISTS FOR HAITI – Artists for Peace and Justice from Ciné Institute on Vimeo.

Artists for Haiti was co-founded by Ben Stiller and David Zwirner, following a joint trip to Haiti a year after the devastating earthquake. The nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization awards grants to selected charities in support of children’s education and health initiatives in the country. Artists for Haiti hired Ciné Institute graduates to film institutional portraits of their beneficiaries including Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ). APJ supports communities in Haiti through programs in education, healthcare, and dignity through the arts.

 

On May 18th, Artists for Peace and Justice was honored to host Haiti: Carnival in Cannes with our friends JPHRO and Happy Hearts Fund at the Cannes Film Festival.

The benefit was presented by Giorgio Armani to support our three organizations and our work in Haiti. The event was the first of its kind for the Cannes Film Festival, and raised over $2M for Haiti.

An exciting crowd including Gerard Butler, Diane Kruger, Jessica Chastain, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Ewan McGregor, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tom Hardy, Robert De Niro, Sean Combs, Joshua Jackson, Michelle Rodriguez, and more attended the event. Event Chairs Giorgio Armani, Roberta Armani, CAA’s Bryan Lourd, MPAA Chairman and CEO Chris Dodd and the Festival’s own Thierry Frémaux were also in attendance. Singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett performed three songs for the intimate gathering, Haitian Ra Ra band RAM danced down the red carpet, and Haitian president Michel Martelly gave a video speech in appreciation of the work of the three organizations.

The event featured a live auction with a variety of once in a lifetime experiences and items for guests to bid on, including an impromptu auction item from Sean Penn: the chance to spend three days on the ground with him in Haiti. The experience went to three bidders, each paying over $128,000. Bono’s guitar and a backstage meet-and-greet with him at one of his shows went for over $215,000, while a lunch with a Victoria’s Secret Angel – along with VIP access to their 2012 fashion show – sold for over $115,000. APJ supporter Elon Musk donated the opportunity to spend the day with him at SpaceX and Tesla, and the item went for over $80,000.

We look forward to doing more good for Haiti at Cannes in the future!


Part Two of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight in Haiti, a special broadcast on the second anniversary of the 2010  7.0 earthquake in Haiti.

In this documentary, George talks with APJ Founder, Paul Haggis, as well as Stephanie Tremblay and Janne Suavanto from the World Food Programme, Patrick Elie, a former politician and activist in Haiti, Father Rick Frechette, director of NPH Haiti, and Lolo, of the Haitian band Boukman Esperyans. Click here to read more. 

On Friday, November 18th, the beautiful new wing of classrooms at the Academy for Peace and Justice officially opened.

APJ Country Director Bryn Mooser, the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s George Stromboulopoulos, and advisory board member Martha Rogers joined Father Rick and the St. Luc team to celebrate the opening.

The Academy for Peace and Justice now serves over 750 underprivileged students who would otherwise not be able to attend secondary school. Each student receives a full scholarship, including tuition, uniforms, nutritious meals and access to medical care. The new wing of the Academy is a milestone in our goal of providing free high-quality education to approximately 3,000 students every year.

Students and administrators filled the celebration with singing, dancing, musical performances and speeches. We are so proud of our progress, and we wanted to share more of the ceremony with you. We couldn’t have gotten this far without your support. Enjoy!

2011 New Wing Opening Ceremony from bryn mooser on Vimeo.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti — On the morning of October 10th, the sun was shining and the heat as the gates to the Academy for Peace and Justice reopened for school. Over 700 students streamed through the gates, smiling wide and anxious to get back to work. Bryn was on the ground taking it all in — here is his update from the first week back to school!

“It has been an amazing week here at the Academy for Peace and Justice. Last week teachers from all street schools did a training session at our secondary school.  Its great to see our school used by the whole community.  The uniforms were completed by Father Rick and his St Luc programs at Francisville and look great.   We opened on Monday with 754 students and three grades.  Currently staffed with 60 full and part time teachers and 12 staff members, cooks, administrators and maintenance. The school is a real joy to see and Father Rick and his team have been working so hard to open on time.  In a country where secondary education is so scarce it is amazing to see how far we have come.”

“The surrounding community is really happy with how the building has turned out.  Everywhere I travel people stop me to tell me how beautiful the school is.  There is a pleasant look of happy surprise on their faces as they see a promise followed through.  I wish you all could be there to watch as the students see their new school for the first time.  Moving beyond words.  I couldn’t be more proud of the St Luc team and all of you for getting to this major stage.  There is so much more to do and I look forward to keeping our school growing strong.  Haiti needs it now more than ever. Go APJ!”

—Bryn

Earlier this summer, the 7th grade students at the Academy for Peace and Justice had their first graduation ceremony. It was the culmination of a great first year of school for all of the APJ students.

Excitement and elation surrounded the day as students received recognition and awards for both highest grades and best attendance. New traditions were started at the graduation ceremony, and Mr. Smith was awarded the first “Teacher of the Year” prize from the students.

The ceremony finished with a wonderful dance performance from the students. Despite the continued economic turmoil in Haiti, the Academy for Peace and Justice is an inspiring center of learning and advancement for the future leaders of Haiti. Summer school is now in session and we are looking forward to welcoming our next class in the fall.

September 7, 2010

Back to School

This October, finally the children of Haiti will return back to school. We are excited to announce that thanks to all of your support, these kids will have access to the first free secondary school in the slums. APJ has begun to build beyond the 6th grade, which has been the standard education limit of this country. We will welcome 200 7th graders to our APJ secondary school as we continue construction on the remainder of the campus. Our goal is to build a school for grades 7-13, serving approximately 1400 students, with the highest standards of functional design and safety, that utilizes solar and wind energy, includes an amphitheater, a basketball court and an edible garden. We will incorporate training in the arts, film, music and computers in addition to vocational programs in agriculture, accounting and medical assistance.

Artists for Peace and Justice believes that getting the children of the slums back to school is a crucial step in helping them rebuild their lives. By providing a safe place to learn, two meals a day, clean water and basic medical services we are investing in the children of Haiti and providing them with the tools that will benefit Haiti in the long term. APJ is confident that this secondary school campus and its programs will serve as a best practice model for future schools and contribute to the improvement of the overall education system in Haiti.
Thanks to the effectiveness of our grassroots local partners, we have been able to overcome many of the obstacles that large NGO’s are facing in Haiti. There is still so much work to be done. Our medical relief efforts are expanding to support a new family hospital and to setup a blood bank for those in need.
We thank you for your continued support of Haitian children.

Reza Nabavian M.D. and Olivia Wilde
Co-Chairs, Executive Committee, APJ Board of Directors

In the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, APJ has provided humanitarian relief for the injured population at St. Damiens Pediatric Hospital in Port-au-Prince. In addition to donating food/water/shelter, APJ medical efforts have been directed at providing limb salvage operations for children and adult victims of this horrible disaster. By performing complex reconstructive surgery and wound care, our team has been able to save many arms and legs.
Unfortunately, there was a need to perform many amputations in Haiti due to the nature of the injuries and lack of access to advanced surgical care. For the children who have lost their arm or leg, APJ has set up a rehabilitation center to provide the necessary physical therapy and wound care to hasten their recovery. Moreover, in collaboration with NPH-Italia, we will provide artificial arms and legs for our young amputees. By providing prosthetics and proper rehabilitation, we hope to improve the integration of this devastated group of children back into their society.

APJ medical efforts are in line with our mission to address the basic medical needs of our school children and is directed at training and enabling local Haitian providers to deliver the care.

Sincerely,

Dr. Reza Nabavian, APJ Board of Directors

February 1, 2010

Re-Construction Begins

Dear Friends,

We are incredibly excited to have begun demolition and the planning for re-construction of the damaged street schools in Haiti. Last week we started demolition on our school in Cite Soleil, working with some amazing partners in Operation USA and Homes for the Heart to build disaster proof structures. We’ve contracted a number of Haitian workers to assist us in the rebuilding process and they are happy to be working on such vital structures for their community. They’re already excited about the next project.

We’re doing great things on the ground, providing supplies to Father Rick and his team at St. Damiens Pediatric Hospital as well as reinforcing the medical compound. Long term, APJ is committed to raising enough funds to build and support 50 street schools. We move forward with the generous support of our donors.

Love,

Team APJ