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 the 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 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.