Basic necessities are crucial for progress and change, and ACFFC makes sure that none of the youth in our program lack for any of these. We provide registration, school supplies, exam fees, tutors, tuition, food, clean water, medical care for our students. All ACFFC participants and their families have a safe place to live. We partner with families to ensure that our children and young adults have what they need to succeed.
ACFFC uses art to inspire our students to be independent, productive members of society. We believe that the self-sufficiency learned through competency in art is invaluable. Youth in our program learn to become master artisans, painters, photographers and mosaic artists. Through art, they are changing the face of their home city, Jacmel. The arts are helping create their future.
ACFFC youth are their own unique and city’s community, with compassion and a strong sense of social justice at its core. Our youth are leaders. Their families have learned with them and from them. They have impacted their city community and are actively involved in positive change for their country. Through international visitors, travel abroad assisted by ACFFC, and connection through the virtual world, our youth have been able to join the global community as well.
The school system in Haiti is not free, and many children there are not able to attend due to costs. ACFFC ensures that all of our students attend school. We pay for registration, school supplies, exam fees, tutors, and tuition. ACFFC also has its own after-school curriculum, which includes critical thinking, creativity as a process, community service, collaboration, environmentalism, and social justice.
We look forward to the day that our oldest youth will be self-reliant and successful, using the skills and lessons they learned at the ACFFC. Our hope is that they will continue to foster their sense of community with the ACFFC long after they are no longer youth in the program. Our young adults are, and will continue to be, role models for the younger children and teenagers. Our vision for the future involves replicating this model in a number of locations throughout Haiti.
ACFFC was founded in 1999 as a small, informal “art day” program, and was formally established as an organization in 2003. We began as a three day a week program with 8 children in a rickety building, run by volunteer artists and administration. We started out with only $500 USD to build it on. Belief in these children and the idea that the art skills we had to teach could alter the course of their lives drove us and our program forward.
After many years of moving from pillar to post, we now have a home of our own! It is a wonderful building on Rue Petion in Jacmel. As grateful as we are to have it, the move has come with a huge financial burden on the organization. This, on top of the cost of operating such an extensive program, makes money a very real and consistent need for the ACFFC. Your donations, big or small, truly make a difference in the lives of the kids in our program.