April 16, 2014

Ben Stiller’s Haitian School Initiative and Artists for Peace and Justice Join Forces for Haiti

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Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) announced today that Ben’s Stiller’s Haitian school initiative (HSI) will merge with APJ effective immediately.

The two organizations, both of whom were committed to improving living conditions in
impoverished Haiti prior to the devastating earthquake, will combine their shared passion in
helping build essential schools for the children of Haiti. Together they have engaged Global
Philanthropy Group (GPG) to help develop and manage their philanthropic efforts. In
partnership with an interim Country Director in Port-au-Prince, GPG will coordinate the day-to-
day efforts of APJ.

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“Ben Stiller understands the important role of schools in the lives of Haitian children. Together
we share a mutual passion and determination to be as effective as quickly as possible,” says
Paul Haggis, founder of Artists for Peace and Justice. “For the children of Haiti, schools provide
so much more than education. They provide their only hot meals, their only clean drinking water
and medical attention. These are critical elements for children, especially in a time of crisis.”

Established in early 2009, Artists for Peace and Justice (www.artistsforpeaceandjustice.com) is
a fundraising effort founded by Paul Haggis and friends that encourages peace and social
justice and addresses issues of poverty and enfranchisement in communities around the world.
Over the past year, APJ has focused on raising funds to support essential street schools in
Haiti. Following the devastating earthquake APJ has expanded its efforts to include emergency
aid. To date, APJ has raised nearly $6.3 million including an impressive $3.5 million in
long-term commitments through 2014.

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Ben Stiller’s Haitian school initiative
Ben Stiller funded a community school in the rural village of Cérévrine, Haiti in 2009 and
launched the Haitian school initiative in January, 2010 in an effort to help provide temporary
schools for Haitians displaced by the earthquake.

Ben’s humourous “Stillerstrong” campaign (www.stillerstrong.org), which was launched prior to
the earthquake, included viral videos with high-profile participants such as Robert DeNiro and
President Clinton. As a result of this campaign, Ben generated the $300,000 in fundraising
needed to complete the school and achieved an increased awareness of the needs of the
impoverished Haitian people.

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“If there is one way we can help Haiti emerge from this crisis, putting our efforts into building
temporary and permanent schools is a step in the right direction,” says Ben Stiller. “When I
heard about APJ’s initiatives and the difference they’re making in the country and spoke with
Paul Haggis about their fundraising efforts, I knew we could accomplish more together.”

Given the shared goals and interests of Artists for Peace and Justice and the Ben Stiller Haitian
school initiative, a merging of forces seemed a natural progression. As part of the merge, the
Haitian school initiative will become a core program of Artists for Peace and Justice with Ben
Stiller continuing to provide funding. Ben Stiller will join the APJ Board of Directors that includes
Paul Haggis, Dr. Reza Nabavian and Dr. Bob Arnot. The Board of Directors is supported by an
Advisory Board that includes a number of influential voices: Simon Baker and Rebecca Rigg,
Javier Bardem, David Belle, Maria Bello, Josh Brolin, Jackson Browne, Gerard Butler, Jim
Clark, Daniel Craig, Russell Crowe and Diane Spencer, Penelope Cruz, Dina and Clint
Eastwood, Frances Fisher, Dr. Henri Ford, James Franco, Gale-Anne Hurd, Jimmy Jean-Louis,
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Natasha Koifman, Diane Lane, Michael Stahl-David, Lekha
Singh, Madeleine Stowe, Charlize Theron, Olivia Wilde.

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The Artists for Peace and Justice Haitian school Initiative

The mission of the APJ Haitian school initiative is to build and maintain schools that will provide
education, nutrition and other critical services to the children of Haiti. The key objectives of the
Haitian school initiative are to:

• Create safe learning environments for children
• Provide access to food, clean water and sanitation
• Provide essential medical services  
• Create a haven for orphaned and unprotected youth
• Help reduce effects of trauma
• Allow parents to rebuild homes and livelihoods

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APJ has already identified sites in which to build these essential schools for the children of Port-
au-Prince and will work closely with its strategic partners on the ground to manage and oversee
the design, building and operation of these schools. Partners engaged to-date include:

• Father Rick Frechette, an American doctor and community organizer who has spent
the past 22 years in the country working to improve the lives and conditions of the
people living in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
• Architecture for Humanity (A4H), a not-for-profit association that brings design,
development, and construction expertise in building temporary and transitional to
permanent schools.

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One Comment

  • Tim
    March 12, 2010 | Permalink |

    it’s always nice to see celebrities using their star power for the good

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