Art Creation Foundation For Children

Rating: 5 stars   36 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, International

Location: 4020 South 57th Avenue #101 Greenacres FL 33463 USA

Mission: Art Creation Foundation for Children (ACFFC) is a pacifist, non-religious, apolitical, NGO (Non-Governmental Organization). Our mission is simple: we serve over 60 children in Jacmel, Haiti. Art is the focus that provides them a future. Our children have been selected based on specific criteria. All of the children were between 6 and 11 when enrolled; they had never attended school nor did they eat on a regular basis. Many of our children are orphaned and were destined to a life on the streets. The children who are blessed with family are still living a life of severe poverty that should not exist in a world as advanced as ours. Knowing that these children now have an opportunity for a better life, arts education, schooling, consistent supply of food, medical care and support is an overwhelming relief to the children. We are a simple, grassroots, non- bureaucratic organization with no hidden agenda ... all we want is for our children to thrive and be children! MISSION Art Creation Foundation For Children is a non-profit arts organization created for education and personal growth of children in need in Jacmel, Haiti. VISION Children achieve self-sufficiency via the arts and education as well as internalize a sense of social responsibility, community and connectedness in partnership with ACFFC staff and supporters. ACFFC was founded in 2000 and has been granted 501(c)3 status. arts education - food - schooling - health care - love
Results: Over 60 children in our program ... they are reading and writing ... doing basic math ... learning French and English ... learning traditional Haitian arts and crafts. All on a 'shoestring.' Shoestring = under $60,000 annual budget.
Target demographics: Impoverished children, ages 6+ who have not been eating regularly, have never attended school, do not have strong family support .
Direct beneficiaries per year: 100+ children/youth enrolled in the program, their siblings and family members, Haitian staff and their families
Geographic areas served: Jacmel Haiti and environs
Programs: Papier Mache, Painting, Mosaics, Leadership and critical thinking training, education, entrepreneurship, ACFFC youth community outreach, Mosaique Jacmel, Jours des Jeunes,
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a member of the student advisory board for the ACFFC and have represented the foundation on several occasions including the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative University Conference. I have worked hands-on with the children in Haiti and can attest to the extraordinary environment they work in. It is not often that non-profits are able to effectively address the issues which face there communities --- especially in a place like Haiti. However, I can say with total confidence that 75+ children in Jacmel, Haiti have seen a drastic improvement in there quality of life since ACFFC came around. Consequently, the broader Jacmel community has also been positively affected by the impressively prolific group of young artists emerging from this foundation. ACFFC was in full operation before the earthquake and was able to make use of it's infrastructure to help see to the needs of the Jacmel community which had some serious damage. A non-profit like this one is a 'diamond in the rough' and should be acknowledged for its exceptional performance.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so very moved by the great work ....continuing great work...that this organization does. The mindful nature of the organization's mission is at the core of all the projects they do as they involve and teach the kids and young adults to take their place in the community as leaders. The shift that the kids experience is beyond amazing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have larger organizations give more resources so ACFFC wouldn't have to struggle in operating

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This foundation REALLY works! The underlying themes of social consciousness that permeates all that is done is inspiring. The art is magical, the kids and young adults are invested in ways that launch them into their roles as citizens of a bigger world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been on the board of Art Creation Foundation for Children for several years. This is a group that changes lives. Street children with no aspirations for the future who join the foundation's programs are enrolled in school (fees paid, supplied with uniforms, shoes, bookbags, books) and learn art techniques that will help them earn money as adults. An important goal of the foundation is to install a sense of community in the children. This proved to be particularly important after the 2010 earthquake. Several planeloads of supplies and food landed in Jacmel and the staff and children of the foundation bagged them and delivered them to families in the area. Also, perhaps most important to donors, is the fact that NONE of the money donated goes to expenses, staff or travel in the US office. Judy Hoffman, the founder and director of the foundation, operates out of her corporate office in Florida and covers all expenses. I have traveled to Jacmel to work with the children (now totaling 100) and can personally vouch for the incredible work Judy and her staff doing to change lives. My blog on my trip: dianesmook.wordpress.com



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Life-changing

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The Art Creation Foundation for Children is really special. The founder and president is my childhood friend Judy Hoffman. She runs the foundation out of her business so that there is absolutely no overhead. Board members and volunteers who visit Jacmel, Haiti pay their own way. Her hands-on approach to the development of the programs has been a life-saver (literally) in these difficult times for Haiti. In addition to providing an education in scholastic and artistic areas, the children have developed the sense of community and the need to take responsibility for others that will lead to their taking leadership roles in their country in the future.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Regular updates on the activities of the foundation from the president and founder, Judy Hoffman.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It would be wonderful if we could raise enough money to buy a nearby building to expand the children's activities.

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Art Creation foundation for Children is a non profit organization that is founded to help these children. It is a family oriented organization that is devoted time,efforts,and energy to help these children to learn of how to write, and read, and as well as feed them a daily bread.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Progress

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be big time challenging myself of the way Haiti is operating.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Method that will work in most rural.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Phenomenon

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be million time successful

Ways to make it better...

Haiti was to follow legal proper documentation.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

power in Haiti.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thanks to the founder who is very comprehensive, and good of what she does.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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