Founded by filmmaker Paul Haggis, Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) is a non-profit organization that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty in Haiti, with programs in education, healthcare, and dignity through the arts. The organization is committed to long-term, sustainable development in direct partnership with the Haitian people. The model is simple: APJ believes in empowering local communities, fostering economic growth, and the power of education to change a nation. APJ is based in New York; David Belle serves as its CEO.
Since Pascal Raffy’s acquisition of Bovet 1822 in 2001, the charity endeavors undertaken by Bovet have been exclusively devoted to children and education. In 2012 a relationship emerged between Paul Haggis and Pascal Raffy through Bovet’s support of the actions of Artists for Peace and Justice in aiding children in need in Haiti. Becoming immersed in these efforts Bovet officially continues their commitment and dedication to the children through a long-term partnership with Artists for Peace and Justice.
Bovet 1822 agreed to support the fundraising efforts of APJ for at least five years a commitment of 5 million dollars. Mr. Raffy has traveled to Haiti to visit the facilities and personally ensures that pledges raised go directly to help these children receive an education.