Here at ACFFC, we believe that anyone has the power to change their world and make a positive impact in the world around them. Whether you live in suburban USA or grew up on the streets of Jacmel, we all have the potential to enact positive change.
ACFFC needs your help to keep doing what we do. To help you help us, we have created the Ultimate Get Involved guide, with tips and tricks and ideas to fundraise for ACFFC and make a difference, no matter who you are.
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Current Volunteer Openings – Coming Soon!
ACFFC’s US staff is all volunteer. We do not provide funds for travel or accommodation to Haiti for Volunteers or members of our Board. All fund raised go directly to supporting operations at our facility in Haiti.
Please note: we are not accepting on-site volunteers at this time.
To Whom It May Concern:
Please let this page serve as confirmation of volunteer activities in support of
the Art Creation Foundation for Children, for the individuals listed below.
This page also confirms that these individuals has not received any financial or “in-kind”
remuneration, other than possible reimbursement of actual expenses, in return for his/her
services. Please feel free to contact me if you require any additional information,
President and Board Member of the ACFFC
Name: Katherine Bullock
Title: U.S. Director of Operations
Starting: October 2013
Hours: Approx. 20 hours per week
Name: Rae Stevenson
Legal Name: Sienna Stevenson
Title: Media Coordinator
Starting: August 2013
Hours: Approx. 10-15 hours per week
Name: Angie Amos
Title: Graphic Designer
Starting: November 2014
Hours: Approx. 10-15 hours per week
The ACFFC strongly values and supports the connections made between our students and our visitors in Jacmel. These friendships formed with people around the world foster an invaluable sense of global community in our youth. The impact of connections like these has limitless potential. In coming together, we are defying stereotypes and creating change.
Through our new Sponsorship and Mentorship program, the ACFFC seeks to better connect friends with ACFFC children and young adults.
For Tweens and Teens
Sponsorship of a specific ACFFC teen or tween is an option available only to prior visitors. This is because we would like to emphasize the importance of real, individualized connections between our overseas friends and our students. The goal of our sponsorship program is to focus on realizing potential, rather than pity. Sponsorship funds are not a handout, but an investment. For $1,500 a year, a prior visitor can sponsor a specific ACFFC child or young adult for complete program participation. All ACFFC expenses, including food, water, education, medical care, art supplies, art instruction and most special needs are included in this average standard cost.
Often, visitors come to us with their own array of skills and knowledge that, when shared, can have an incredible impact on our youth. Our students are always ready and eager to learn new things and hone new skills.
Through the mentorship component of the sponsorship program, prior visitors of the ACFFC can also mentor the youth they are sponsoring, be it with a skill, trade, additional support for English or computer classes, a commission agreement, or something else entirely. It can even be as simple as sending art supplies, books, or a special gift at holiday time. Mentorship options are not limited to the ideas expressed here, so if you have an idea, please let us know! Specific arrangements for every individual mentorship will be worked out between the mentor and the ACFFC team. Sponsorship is a requirement of mentorship, but sponsors are not required to mentor if they choose not to.
Sponsorship is a requirement of mentorship, but sponsors are not required to mentor if they choose not to.
Sponsorship of Younger Children
This option is available for all friends of the ACFFC, whether or not they have personally visited us in Jacmel. As with teens and tweens, an annual sponsorship of $1,500 covers all ACFFC expenses, including food, water, education, medical care, art supplies, art instruction and most special needs.
Through sponsorship of our 5-11 year olds, the goal is very simple: we hope to show our little ones that someone cares specifically for them. Sponsors may send books, small gifts, letters, and other things they can think of to connect with their sponsored child.
All sponsors may make their annual donation annually, monthly, or quarterly. Sponsors may be individuals, families, groups of friends, etc. We welcome and encourage fundraising teams!
Sponsors are considered crucial, important members of the ACFFC family. All sponsors will be added to our Fanmi website page as a thank you for your support, unless they wish to remain anonymous. All sponsors will also receive updates about how their sponsored child or young adult is doing during the year. Please note that children with special needs may cost more than the general $1,500. If you don’t have a child in mind that you would like to sponsor, we would be happy to choose a child for you.
If you are interested in becoming an ACFFC fanmi sponsor or sponsor/mentor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our kids have a future and a voice, and the stories of what they’ve overcome only make where they’re headed that much more exciting. We are truly grateful for every child and teen in the ACFFC and are continually blown away by how they’ve blossomed in this program.
All commentaries are by ACFFC president, Judy Hoffman, and are circa 2011. Many thanks to our friend and supporter, Vanesha Gya, for taking these photos and compiling these stories. Please see her website for more, as this page is currently under construction.
Roselaure was found on the street carrying water, by Georges, our Executive Director. He stopped to speak to her mother and grandmother and asked that she come to ACFFC. This was over a year ago. The fact that she is posed like this means a lot.
But if you look at her eyes, you maybe can see what we see, which is that she is a child who has been damaged, maybe even brutalized. It took a long while for her to play with the other kids. Georges would find clothing for her because she was often in tattered clothes and send her home with more. She is 9 years old and passed first grade after two tries. She always seems afraid, even when safe. The other girls her age sense this and protect her in a sense. That is good.
And this past month, she came and joined us at a dinner, hugged, sat on my lap (a first!). We need to work with her to help her let herself out and as we do, Georges has to keep at it with her mother and grandmother who don’t seem to accept the importance of her attending school. She does not pick up a paintbrush and we will work with her using art as a means to communicate, when she is ready. I am happy to see this photograph of her. First time she is looking at all free.”
On the left is “Tico”, Jamieson Jeanty his real name. Tony Tervil is on the right. Tico is 14 and Tony is 13. They have been inseparable since they entered ACFFC
Tico has been with us since 2007 and is not only an incredible painter but also extremely articulate in explaining what it is he shows in his paintings and why. He is never without a sketchbook, never! Tony joined us after the earthquake and quickly became very adept at papier mache, mosaic, and being a part of the group.
Tony is a superstar, not only artistically talented but also incredibly professional and industrious. Tony is frequently given opportunities that others his age would not be given, he is a unique young man. He gives 100% to everything he is involved in and will be one of the first to volunteer when there is a need.
This lovely little girl is Seinthia. She was just a baby when we found her at the Hospital St. Michel in Jacmel in March of 2010. Several ACFFC staff were there to check on a family member of one of our younger children who was in the hospital with typhoid. While there, a Haitian doctor was overheard saying that he wished we would take this baby (she was about seven-eight weeks old) or she would die (she was born with Hydrocephalus and Down Syndrom). We all stopped and the kids touched her, held her and from her sleep, she reached out. They would have handed the baby off to us, but given all of the news about Americans kidnapping Haitian children who were not orphans, etc., we did not want to risk the status of ACFFC. We had a baby team for a while, heading over there with food, diapers, etc. while Georges, our Executive Director went about obtaining papers from the Mayor’s office to release her to the custody of ACFFC – everyone was incredibly cooperative.
We brought her home and Jaelin, who handles housekeeping and lives at ACFFC with her son and niece, instantly became the mother. Everyone pitched in. Sadly, the hospital there did not have the capacity to perform surgery for her hydrocephalus. The search was on for surgery, as her head was still growing and one eye nearly closed. Only by luck and social media, we discovered that Project Medishare comes to Port Au Prince twice or so a year to perform these surgeries. We were on the list and in just a month and after countless phone calls, she was brought to the hospital for her procedure.
She was a very fortunate little girl – the were able to do an Endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV),meaning a minimally invasive surgery allowing the fluid to drain.
Her challenges did not end with the surgery, Seinthia also has Downs Syndrome and with the help of Pazapa, an organization in Jacmel that works with handicapped children, she has become an active and bright-eyed child. She has a very large family now of 65 children and young adults who spoil her wonderfully! She is 7 years old now, she loves to talk and dance and sing songs that only she understands.