Help keep Project HOPE Art OPEN (for another year!)

third round_print_o-3We are skipping our annual Donor Dinner this year in lieu of a Holiday Auction. We are also asking for cold hard cash to keep us open, operating and able to help our friends in Haiti for another year.

Project HOPE Art is now a 501C3! To help support HOPE Art and keep art alive for kids in Haiti, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. Your donation is greatly appreciated!Please give what you can, every teensy little bit helps:


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 current contact information so that we can make sure you get a receipt for your donation. We are always open to accept donations, large and small. Thank you for your support!


$50 gives art supplies to a hospital $100 provides a classroom of students sketch books to keep a creative journal $250 employs local interpreters for our artists $500 offers the opportunity for orphans to learn a creative trade $750 buys an artist transportation from the US to Haiti $1000 supports “the frame”; what holds PHA together and keeps us creative

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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.



Chewed Paper Master: Charlotte Charles, Activist and Artist

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To meet 45 year old Charlotte is to meet the soul of Haiti. She is passionate, fierce, funny and vibrant. Not possessive of a vapid bone in her body, Madame Charles will take charge of any conversation and turn it into a confabulation about the rights of women in her beloved Haiti.

After the earthquake she managed a tent city in Jacmel. One of the only women that we know of to hold this difficult position. You can read about her experiences here and watch her here.

Madame Charles, is one of the few female artisans in Haiti. She develops her livelihood as a painter of vibrant Jacmellian papier-mâché . She has also become a mentor to other young women thinking about a career in the arts. A mother to one daughter, she represents women empowerment and encourages more Haitian women to become more entrepreneurial.

About the Horses: Artisanally crafted, these horses are carefully hand-painted and embellishes with an array of materials found in local marketplaces. Embellishments range from sequins, rhinestones, sisal rope, woven banana fronds, wigs, goat hair, glitter and anything else that can be foraged locally in craft stalls in downtown Jacmel. If you would like to purchase one of Madame Charlotte’s chevals (horses) simply email with her US friend, Melissa Schilling ( to make arrangements. Her horses range from $250-350 and support women’s rights arts programming.

About Jacmel: Jacmel is a commune in southern Haiti founded by the Spanish in 1504 and repopulated by the French in 1698. It is the capital of the department of Sud-Est and has an estimated population of 40,000, while the municipality (commune) of Jacmel had a population of 137,966 at the 2003 Census. The town’s name is derived from its indigenous Taíno name of Yaquimel.
The mansions of Jacmel with their cast-iron furnishings would later come to influence the home structure of much of New Orleans. Today, many of these homes are now artisan shops that sell vibrant handicrafts, papier-mâché masks and carved-wood animal figures. In recent years, efforts have been made to revitalize the once flourishing cigar and coffee industries. The town is a popular tourist destination in Haiti due to its relative tranquility and distance from the political turmoil that plagues Port-au-Prince.
The city has well-preserved historical French colonial architecture that dates back from the early nineteenth century and has little changed. The town has been tentatively accepted as a World Heritage site and UNESCO reports that it has sustained damage in the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

About Papier-mâché: French for “chewed paper”, is a composite material consisting of paper pieces or pulp, sometimes reinforced with textiles, bound with an adhesive, such as glue, starch, or wallpaper paste. For the paper strips method, the paper is cut or torn into strips, and soaked in the paste until saturated. The saturated pieces are then placed onto the surface and allowed to dry slowly.
The strips may be placed on an armature, or skeleton, often of wire mesh over a structural frame, or they can be placed on an object to create a cast. Oil or grease can be used as a release agent if needed. Once dried, the resulting material can be cut, sanded and/or painted, and waterproofed by painting with a suitable water-repelling paint. Before painting any product of papier-mâché, the glue must be fully dried, otherwise mold will form and the product will rot from the inside out.
In ancient Egypt, coffins and death masks were often made from cartonnage — layers of papyrus or linen covered with plaster.In Persia and Kashmir, papier-mâché has been used to manufacture small painted boxes, trays, étagères and cases. Japan and China also produced laminated paper articles using papier-mâché. In Japan and India, papier-mâché was used to add decorative elements to armor and shields.

Bon Fet Dokte Koffee

On a sweaty January afternoon, a group of five Project HOPE Art volunteers stepped into a swirling jigsaw puzzle of human sounds, smells and sights. People were milling around on foot and taking up space in a collection of chairs that ranged from the three-legged plastic lawn chair propped on a wall to planks of wood carefully balanced on broken cinder blocks and rocks.
In the midst of the people hurricane was a dark-haired woman in a beige sunhat holding a clipboard. She put us to work painting, singing and embracing the members of the people hurricane.

oo-12 Over the years since that day (four+ years ago), the storm of people vibe has faded and turned into a sweet wealth of friendly faces who have become like family. They know we bring with us music, watercolors and sometimes when Liz Ancker is visiting: green eggs and ham sandwiches.

Visiting the Ti Kay Clinic one day in 2013, I was astonished. The place seemed empty. When I asked Dr. Coffee about it she laughed and said, “Didn’t you listen to National Radio this morning? There is a big hurricane coming.”
I had no idea there was a hurricane in the vicinity.
(Safety Third!)
Since I was there already, I turned on music and set about painting a mini-mural with all the kids at the clinic and quite a few adults.
And that is exactly how Dr. Coffee runs her clinic. She is around when there is no one else. She digs up resources, nurses and meals by rubbing two pennies together and blowing her magic on it.

Today we wish a Happy Birthday to one of our favorite project partners.
Bon Fet Dokte Koffe!

At her clinic, Ti Kay (little house in Haitian Kreyol), Dr. Megan Coffee or Dokte Coffee provides free, high-quality medical care to Tuberculosis and HIV patients in Haiti. Ti Kay, Inc. is a medical non-profit organization that aims to treat, and hence prevent, tuberculosis in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Based at the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince, HUEH (L’Hôpital de l’Université d’Etat d’Haïti), Ti Kay focuses on treating inpatients and outpatients. After the earthquake when the state sanatorium was not functional, the head nurse of the TB program and Megan Coffee, a US doctor, established an inpatient program for the care. The outpatient treatment was expanded after the earthquake.

Project HOPE Art has had the privilege of creating art with Ti Kay patients. Simple coloring projects and face painting added a light to an otherwise bed-bound day. Patients young and old gathered around every available surface with any marker available to join in on our murals. We hope to create some more creative chaos at Ti Kay soon!

If you’d like to donate directly, Ti Kay Haiti has ongoing needs for the following:
14 gauge venocaths
Oxygen concentrators
60 cc luer lock syringes
Small stopcocks
Protein powder
Protein bars
B6 vitamins
Milk powder
Iron pills
Please contact Dr Megan Coffee to arrange shipping at