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Art Creation Foundation For Children

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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Amelia E.


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.



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.


Rating: 5

This organization empowers children to take charge of their future. Not only does it feed them and send them to school, but they are also taught a skill, so they will be able to support themselves in the future.


Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that directly helps the ones who need it most in Haiti: the children. I have had very good experience with the director and know her to be an outstanding, caring, generous and sincere person, who gives her all to the cause.I highly recommend ACFFC to all my clients and any person who wants to give money to the tragedy that is Haiti.This is a country and a people who have incredible needs, and we will continue to try to help by being supportive of ACFFC.
Laurie Ahner, Galerie Bonheur



Rating: 5

What sets this organization apart, for me, is that every dollar I give goes directly to the children; there are no mailings or donor "gifts" diverting the money from those who need it most. The knowledge that I can directly help real people who are struggling in a very poor community is comforting in some way. Kudos to this team for providing that! And as an artist myself, I appreciate that one of life's greatest pleasures is made available to children who otherwise would have very bleak lives.



Rating: 5

As a donor who works in the nonprofit sector, I have been so impressed by this organization's efficient, low-overhead, non-bureaucratic business practice that I have asked friends and professional associates to join me in supporting it. Success is measured in human-survival metrics: kids taught, meals eaten, art supplies contributed and distributed. Philanthrocapitalism on a very small, very manageable scale.