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We understand the game-changing effects of secondary and higher education in breaking the cycle of endemic poverty.

On January 12, 2010 a magnitude 7 earthquake devastated Haiti. Hundreds of thousands were killed and much of the capital city was leveled. The destruction was unimaginable, but urgency of that moment required action. We pledged our support to do more than just provide immediate humanitarian relief. We pledged to build lasting academic institutions that would serve a greater purpose.

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On-Going Work

The Academy for Peace & Justice

In the immediate aftermath of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake that leveled much of the nation’s capital city, killing 300,000 people and leaving 1.5 million homeless, a community of leading artists from Hollywood gathered and helped to establish the Academy for Peace and Justice, an entirely Haitian led middle and secondary school that would provide dignified education to the poor. $4.5M was pledged that day, enabling purchase of land, construction of the first facilities and full scholarships to all attending students for the next five years. Since then with the help of many friends the Academy campus has grown with more buildings and an additional 400 new students a year. Today the six acre Academy campus welcomes 160 local staff and 3,200 students each day. It is also now largely locally funded, and general donations to APJ today provide the critical support needed to fill that remaining gap.

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Past Work

The Artists Institute

In addition to financing the creation and operations of the Academy a critical time for Haiti, APJ was instrumental in rebuilding and expanding the nation’s film school to become the Artists Institute, a professional training and technical resource facility that empowers local film and music industries. That support continued until 2018. The Institute is made up of entirely Haitian staff and is run today by many of its alumni.

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Background

Direct Impact!

Artists for Peace and Justice works directly with local nonprofit organizations in Haiti.

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