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.
The Art Creation Foundation for Children is an outstanding organization serving children in Haiti and helping them build skills to improve their lives. It is exceptionally well run and a dynamic member of the Jacmel community. My organization works with ACFFC in a pilot project for ethanol cookstoves, to help improve the lives of the families served by the organization.
As producer/host of the Mosaic of Art, I've interviewed several people associated with the foundation. Judy Hoffman explained the founding of the organization and its mission just a couple of weeks after the earthquake. Subsequently, a friend and colleague, Laurel True organized a mosaic mural project in Jacmel, Haiti, coordinated with Judy Hoffman and local director Georges Metellus. The children were given both design and technical education and have created an extraordinary feature for the city.
From conversations with various participants, including artist volunteers from other organizations, I am convinced of the organization's vital contribution to the children, their families and the community.