Art Creation Foundation
Haiti is currently the poorest country in the western hemisphere and ranks among one of the poorest countries in the world with the highest rate of HIV outside sub-Saharan Africa. Even before a devastating earthquake hit the country in 2010, killing over 200,000 people, the country struggled with economic and development issues. Extreme poverty has also led to severe deforestation and led to worsening poverty in a viscous cycle that has driven many people from the countryside into the major cities. The influx of people puts pressure on the most vulnerable areas and leads to increased crime and hunger. Children growing up in this environment have few options for development and can easily be taken advantage of or exploited.
Art Creation Foundation for Children (ACFFC) is a grassroots project that introduces extremely underprivileged Haitian children to the world of art. ACFFC provides 100+ students three meals each day, provides tuition for their schooling, uniforms, supplies, and introduces artisan skills to these children who would not have the opportunity and access to them otherwise. G Adventures travellers visit the project to have a meal and learn about the different types of Haitian art. Planeterra provided a grant to help establish a shop on the main boardwalk area in Jacmel, run by youth graduates of the program, in order to bring in more income to support ACFFC.
Cadet came to ACFFC after the earthquake. She is 10 years old and lives with her mother and sister. Their mother found her way to ACFFC after the earthquake, and camped as a group outdoors. Back then the girls had almost no clothing, no shoes, and there was no food in the house. Both fathers were long gone and their mother had no work. They were eating once a day, sometimes not at all. Now, Cadet loves school, and loves to be in her school uniform. She is joyful and fun. Cadet now has a chance at a bright future.
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