APJ is committed to long-term, sustainable development in direct partnership with the Haitian people. Their model is simple: they believe in empowering local communities, fostering economic growth, and the power of education to change a nation.
Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) is a non-profit organization founded by Paul Haggis and friends in 2009 that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty around the world. APJ’s immediate goal is to build schools to serve the poorest areas of Haiti, providing an education, hot meals, clean drinking water and regular medical treatments to children living in the slums.
In October 2010, APJ opened the Academy for Peace and Justice, the first free secondary school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Each student at the Academy for Peace and Justice receives a full scholarship, which includes tuition, uniforms, nutritious meals, and access to free medical care. At full enrollment, the Academy for Peace and Justice will provide educational opportunities to approximately 3,000 students.
APJ also supports the St. Luke Family Hospital, which provides free medical care to the poorest and most vulnerable people in Port-au-Prince, including all Academy students and their families. The services provided by the hospital include a surgery facility, a rehabilitation unit and the Cholera Center. With APJ’s support, the Cholera Center was constructed just 36 hours after the epidemic hit and has treated 20,000 patients to date, 50% of whom would have died without immediate treatment.
Artists for Peace and Justice is making a substantial commitment toward growing a new generation of Haiti’s leaders by providing access to quality secondary and higher education.
Haiti is a nation of artists, with rhythm and music as the driving forces of Haitian culture. Artists for Peace and Justice supports independently run programs in Haiti that provide music education to thousands of underprivileged youth each year.
The Artists Institute is a free college for art and technology in Jacmel. The Institute creates modern opportunities for Haiti’s underprivileged youth to foster entrepreneurship and business development in local creative industries. The Institute is a partnership with the Cine Institute, Artists for Haiti and We Are the World Foundation. It currently offers programs in film, and soon will offer programs in music production and audio engineering as the Audio Institute opens in fall 2013.
The St. Luke Family Hospital provides quality medical care to the poorest and most vulnerable people in Port-au-Prince. Services provided by the hospital include a modern surgery facility, Haitian and international medical teams, a rehabilitation unit and the Cholera Center. APJ provides support for this hospital that serves over 120,000 patients per year.