Summer Farm Camp in Monterey County

This summer, Project HOPE Art’s Melissa Schilling will lead two weeks of day camp at Monkeyflower Ranch home of Garden Variety Cheese Dairy. Children ages 8+ are welcome to sign up for a fantastical adventure featuring a bevy of activities related to food, nature, farming and art.

Art Farm Camp

Cost is $265
(Two Scholarships per week are available – More info below)

All children should arrive promptly at 11am with comfortable shoes, clothes that can get messy and a sack lunch.
Snacks and Drinks will be provided by the farm during camp hours. 

Sample Schedule:
11am-11:30am: Scientific Sketch Journal Warm-Up (Put on your Scientist Hat and learn to sketch nature like a real Scientist)
11:30-12pm: Nature Hike to observe farm animals and the garden
12-12:30 Lunch on the Farm Patio with homemade lemonade
12:30-1:30 Papier Mache Sheep Sculptures
1:30-2 Free Play
2-3pm: Bread Baking in the Pizza Oven

Summer Camp Flyer

Interested in securing a spot for your child?
Wonderful! Mosey on over to Garden Variety Cheese for more information about the $150 non-refundable deposit and have any additional questions you may have answered!

Scholarships! Scholarships! Scholarships!
Two spots are reserved for low-income campers per session. Low-Income spots cost just $50 for Art & Farm Camp. Simply write a short essay explaining why you would like to attend Art & Farm Camp. Bonus Points if you can amaze us with fun facts about sheep and lambs. Extra Special Bonus Points if you include an illustration of a sheep or a lamb.
Mail your essay to (deadline June 15th):
Miss Mimi
Art & Farm Camp
1480 San Miguel Road
Watsonville, CA 95076

OJFA in Rainbows

The Rainbow Brigade || Lakansyel Squad … One of Project HOPE Art’s happiest afternoons in a long time. With just $20 worth of scrap fabric, 2 pairs of scissors, a flair for playing dress up, elaborate and inventive braiding skills, some portable lights – we wrapped the orphanage in rainbow braids.
Love Wins!

Our Art Director, Rachel Znerold started the Rainbow Braid idea in the States with various Musical Performers. We brought the idea to Haiti, on a small scale, in homage to the deep cultural history of African Braiding. Braiding hair was one of the few practices that slaves could hold onto and continue to openly practice in the New World.

We wanted to create a project that the girls at the orphanage could participate in with almost zero instruction and put their own flair and ideas into it. We wanted a whimsical, happy project. And we wanted to infuse solar lights into the project outcome as this orphanage does not have electricity and it gets dark at 5pm.

So here it is, the The Rainbow Brigade || Lakansyel Squad:

Braids are regarded as a cultural trait of the African people, and they can also be a fashion statement. The history of African tribes and the cultural significance of braiding is deep and long.

Africa is a large continent, which consists of innumerable tribes. The Massai and Zulu are among the primary tribes. Others include:


Tribal girls have varied cultures, and the hairstyles are unique and used to identify each tribe. Braid patterns or hairstyles indicate a person’s community, age, marital status, wealth, power, social position, and religion.

Elaborate patterns are done for special occasions like weddings, social ceremonies or war preparations. People belonging to a tribe can easily be identified by another tribe member with the help of a braid pattern or style.

Immense importance is given to the custom of braiding. The person who braids hair performs it as both a ritual and a social service. It is an art form taught by the senior female member of the family to her daughters and close friends. The person who braids well is considered an expert. The man or woman who braids does it as a social duty. No rewards are expected.


Mesì Gueldy René et Deesse Aishar Delismond for helping ??

-The Rainbow Brigade || Lakansyel Squad

Haiti: Through the Eyes of the Wise Elders

Midterm Report:

Today was the 4th and also the last day of revision with the participants of the #Wise elders creative workshop.

We have started the October 3rd with 34 people but, 4 more had joined us within two weeks later which make the final interviewing process is ended with 38 participants in total.

During these four weeks, the participants went to meet their respective elder in their neighborhood in order to fill their question forms. On Saturday they come to meet #Jure at HC so as to examine every single question. They shared their responses in front of the class so the others can hear responses of each one, ask questions and give their comments.

This first part of the project is come to an end. It has been a wonderful experience for all of us, teachers and students. We learn things that we did not know before, things we did not learn even at school. In fact, everyone was interested in knowing the answers of others when we meet.

On this last day, we had a meeting with all participants on base. We did a general review with everybody except those who could not come because the socio-political panic that has raised last week between two clan of gangsters in the area of Cité Soleil. This fact also cause two of our present participants had lost their questionnaires while running away under gunshots. Nevertheless, those who were not affected by this trouble and some who were able to save their work brought it. We commented responses. We collected all students’ papers. Planned to take more photographs and refreshed them about the next steps of the project.

As a whole, the first part is ended on a good atmosphere. We take pictures of the team, the participants and go home.

As a reminder, I want to make this refreshment about the next steps of the project Haiti Through the Eyes of the Wise Elders commonly known as #Wise Elders Creative Workshop. We will work with our young leaders to re-analyze and correct all participants work. Work with colleagues to on translation of the papers. Typing and polishing the final work in English then, work on publication.

The Wise Elders

Haiti: Through the Eyes of the Wise Elders

12074552_1659246027655866_4286918726364971506_nFACT:  The life expectancy for Haiti is low 50 years for men and 53 years for women.

FACT: Only 53% of Haitians can read and write

FACT: Only about 40% of school-aged children attend school regularly

FACT: Only about 10% of all Haitian children enrolled in elementary school go on to a high school

Project HOPE Art, with the help of donors like you, are dedicated to making a change.

An upcoming workshop spearheaded by Esnold Jure with his fellow faculty members (Winter, Gueldy, and Lisane) will conduct an eight week project for forty-six students.  The objective over the eight weeks will be to encourage the Haitian youth to reach out to the elders of their community.  Through the process of photographic documentation and interviews, students will help these Wise Elders preserve their memories, reflect on their accomplishments, and share their voices.

Subjects emphasized:

  • English
  • Writing
  • Photography
  • Public speaking/ Presentations
  • Interviewing skills

Workshop Budget breakdown

  • Tuition per student: $25 (Tuition for 46 students: $1,150)
  • Salary per teacher: $100 (Salary for 4 teachers: $400)
  • Education for our youth: PRICELESS

Mimi_Edited_Print-2MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

We HOPE you will consider making a tax-deductible contribution, big or small.

  • To Donate via paypal, please send donations to  Please include a note that contains “Wise Elders Workshop” and your current contact information so that we can make sure you get a receipt for your donation.
  • To Donate via Check: Please make checks out to Hope Art, Inc and mail to: Project HOPE Art, 2322 Humboldt Ave, Oakland, CA 94601.  Please include a note that contains “Wise Elders Workshop” and your current contact information so that we can make sure you get a receipt for your donation.

 Thank you for your support!


Music class performence in Konbit Soley Leve, June 25th 2015


Since2011, a group of young adults in Haiti, especially in Cité Soleil started a social movement named KONBIT SOLEY LEVE with the purpose to eradicate the rate of vandalism, social conflit between the differnts blocks wihtnin Cité Soleil and to promote fraternity and collaboration between them.

Cité Soleil is internationally known as an extremely impoverished and densely populated of the Haitian metropolitan area and one of the poorest and most dangerous area in the western Hemisphere also one of the biggest slums in Northern Hemisphere.

KONBIT is an authentic Haitian term that describes an old method of accomplishing a large or intense work. Usually they are a group each one of them has their own work but they prefer to combine to help the others in the group and this way they set out evry day to do someone else’s work in the group and sometime they do community work.

These young Leaders chose to name their movement this way first to trace back the method of living together but mainly to unity the people from different block and make them work together for one and other.

KONBIT SOLEY LEVE’s main objective is to work with the community Leaders so the inhabitants of Cité Soleil have a better lifestyle by promoting fairness, collaboration and peace in Cité Soleil. KONBIT SOLEY LEVE uses music, sport such as: soccer and basket game for peace, summer camp, sensitize people, do some workhop any eans to make the idea

Transcend everybody no matter social you are belonging to.

In June 2014, KONBIT SOLEY LEVE launched a program called “Cité Soleil Peace Prize”. This featured program aimed to reward the first 5 social Leaders withnin Cité Soleil that are doing or had done the must recent work and that has a social impact. This year, on June 25th was the second edition of Cité Soleil Peace Prize. Our linkage to the Konbit had permitted us to assist and our music class had been performing in that event. Our music teacher Gueldy RENE and our Education program Director Winter LUC are members of KONBIT SOLEY LEVE, we profite of this event to let people hear our children’s voice as we are promoting better life style for kids and there were many notable persons from various classes in the Haitian attending that event it was very important moment to spread out our objectives through the song of our children “ Children today adult tomorrow we need good care” which is also on Gueldy’s album. They had the opportinunity to perform live.

That was an amazing experience we had the opportinunity to meet lots of eminent people the greatest importance was performing and help the Konbit do this meaninsful job.