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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, International, Public & Societal Benefit, Youth Development Programs

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,

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with ACFFC for nine years. I've been to Haiti numerous times. If you want to know that every single penny is used on the ground and not for administration, this is the organization that delivers! If you want to have a life-changing experience, go spend some time at ACFFC! You will be a better person when you leave than when you went! Make a difference!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ACFFC is an inspirational organization. They raise money to help Haitian children attend school, and provide free after school enrichment programs to children. They also work to provide food, clean water and medical supplies to the children. Besides the material goods they given these children in need, they provide kindness and inspiration to the children they work with.

Krista K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization makes the ordinary extraordinary. They raise money in a fun and creative way to help all walks of life. E4K and GISHWHES are some of the most rewarding events I have had the pleasure of participating in. Doing good while having fun, who can beat that?

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are few causes more worthy of support than those invested in the welfare and future of children. Which is why organizations like this are so exceptionally important. This program in paticular seems to do an excellent job at what they set out to do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The ACFFC is such a great organization. It provides wonderful educational opportunities for both children and young adults in need and is making a real difference. The skills the children learn here will remain with them for the rest of their lives and I hope to one day be able to visit the ACFFC in person to volunteer and meet some of the incredible people involved.

Rae_3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are few causes out there I can genuinely say are making the greatest impact that is in their capacity to do. The ACFFC is one of them. I've seen their work on the ground, and I've seen the way it is changing the lives of children and young adults in Jacmel. Every mosaic wall they've decorated throughout the city stands as a shining testament to the good they've done, and continue to do. In terms of butterfly effects, the ripples of this organization are tenfold. The tenacity of spirit and perseverance of everyone involved in this organization is an example to us all.

Long live the ACFFC!

Emily94

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The ACFFC is chock full of some of the most hardworking young adults I've ever had the privilege to meet! The artwork they create shows great talent, unique styles, and creativity extending beyond all expectations. The foundation gives these kids access to meals and an education which they may not otherwise have, and that in and of itself is invaluable. Add to that the artistry and life skills learned within the foundation itself, and the ACFFC becomes a truly outstanding program. I can't wait until my next visit!

Amelia E.

Donor

Rating: 5

The ACFFC's cause is one that I greatly believe in and the children they help put out the most remarkable artwork. What they do in Haiti should not go unrecognized. I have several products from them on my mantle, and am in the process of saving to sponsor one of their children. The work that goes in to this group is remarkable, and their volunteers are among the best. Anything I have ever done with them, any question I have ever had I have always received swift service and answers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered a year ago and it was an amazing experience. I saw first hand the good works of the ACFFC. I would assist them again in a heartbeat. I wish continue success to a wonderful organization helping some awesome kids.

Cassie K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The art created is truly unique, benefiting not only the children/students, but the recipient as well. Young people learn a trade, while devloping as an individual and an artist.

DrD

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found ACFFC in 2007, and my life has never been the same! I have been involved in many service learning fundraisers with college students for this group. I have made many trips to Haiti to work at the foundation. I am impressed for many reasons: ALL donations go straight to ACFFC, none kept for "administrative" crap! The foundation is a wonderful combination of art and education; they are helping to teach these young people how to become self-sustaining adults and contributing members of their community. One of my students once said, "You may not change the world, but you changed the world for one person.!" That's what it's all about- changing the world, one person at a time, and the amazing thing is that as much as it changes them, it changes me more!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I was first attracted to this organization because it combines education and art. I continue to be attracted to ACFFC because of that and also because they are helping these young people to become contributing members of their community; they also do not keep any monies for overhead--unheard of in this day of non-profits. I have visited ACFFC in Jacmel several times; the children are eager learners and very respectful--something that is often rare in America. Being involved in education for 42 years, I find this to be a credible organization, both personally and professionally.

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Jane71

Donor

Rating: 5

Haiti has monuments of aid which failed to aid, buildings without staff to help people(a uninversity, etc). ACFFC is the opposite, an organization that invest in Haiti's people, educating and encouraging it's children. I often doubt independent aid organizations, but a Haitian native I respect told me how much difference this organization makes, and how it keeps families together.

I visited Haiti twice. It's a great, cheap Caribbean vacation. But in it's markets I'd occasionally see a face which would haunt me, children and women who I just knew weren't eating regularly or were really struggling to survive. So I'm grateful to an organization which gives me hope for people who deserve it.
I've donated to a lot of causes, but i feel especially great about supporting ACFFC.

Katherine29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I discovered ACFFC during my first visit to Haiti one year ago. I was so impressed with the program, the staff and the children in the program that I am now involved as a volunteer on a regular basis. What I have come to learn over the past year is that the program is truly amazing. ACFFC has been able; on a very tight budget to continue to grow their program. The approach is truly unique, striving to not only provide for the children’s daily educational, food and medical needs but also within a creative environment enable the children to grow into adults equipped to utilize their talents and skills toward a goal of economic self-sufficiency. They are a family, a community all working together toward a common goal.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been fortunate enough to help ACFFC out since 2011. It's been wonderful to see the progress the kids have made, be able to see them grow up and have them be so involved in the creative side of life. I adore all of them and adore what Judy, George, Jen, Guy and everyone has done to help them along the way.

Sara84

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband & I became aware of this foundation through the efforts of Judy Hoffman, who is dedicated beyond words to help these children through their struggles with art and creativity. This nurtures the soul and ignites the spirit to move beyond the day to day and to keep moving forward through the lens of seeing hope and possibility through art. This organization provides the instruction, the foundation, and the inspiration for these children and they are surrounded by dedicated people every day. They all do such great work, and the children are amazing! The mosaic wall is my favorite! My husband & his company have donated tons of tile to them and we couldn't be happier when we see the pictures.
Dennis & Sara McLennand

Nancy63

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Bec C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with the ACFFC thanks to the fellow Nonprofit organisation, Random Acts. Each visit I've made has had a bigger and deeper impact upon my life. The dedication of the staff and volunteers to the school is reflected back in the joy and skills instilled in their students. It truly is the perfect example of 'what you put in is what you get out.' The staff and volunteers put in so much love and effort into the ACFFC and the evidence speaks for itself as the school continues to thrive and grow and achieve greatness for all involved.

Sue_27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a working flight attendant with easy access to Haiti, I have had to pleasure of visiting ACFFC in Jacmel, and seeing first hand the benefits that the children gain in their "adopted" home. By teaching the children a skilled trade through art and crafts, the countless smiles I saw tell the real story of how the children are empowered to better their futures and by extentsion, also their immediate families. As an example, the kids have been directly responsible for changing the "face" of Jacmel by learning and participating in the mosaic resurfacing of several prominent locations throughout the community, thus incorporating many aspects of forward thinking: i.e. recycling, beautifying, tourism...etc. ACFFC is a fantastic organization committed to children's health, welfare, and the future of Haiti.

George Garland

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I visited the ACFFC in Jacmel Haiti to train 12 families to use ethanol cookstoves. The ACFFC was very well organized, the mothers using the stoves were very enthusiastic, and the ACFFC staff and older children helping with the pilot project were very professional. ACFFC is a combination orphanage, day care center, k-12, and vocational school whic definitely makes a life changing difference for 100 children in Jacmel. ACFFC is also playong a key role in introducing a cookstove alternative which eliminates deforestation resulting from cooking food as well as health problems from indoor air pollution. Clean, compact cooking inside the home is now a reality. Ethanol is made in Haiti.

Viktor N.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.