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The Haitian Art featured below is courtesy of Medalia.net. You do not need to send us anything, just click on one of the paintings below from our website to buy a beautiful Haitian painting and by doing so, you will be helping Haiti. A percentage of your purchase will go to Friends of FOKAL.
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Message of Hope
In the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Haiti, FOKAL USA (Friends of FOKAL) would like to first extend heartfelt sympathies to our fellow Haitians, all families, colleagues, and friends who have lost loved ones.
What is FOKAL?
FOKAL (La Fondation Connaissance et Liberté/Fondasyon Konesans Ak Libčte), is an independent foundation in Haiti supported by the Open Society Institute and other international and local organizations. Since 1995 FOKAL provides a range of educational, human development and economic activities to the local communities and community civil society organizations in the country and has become the leading independent organization shaping the future of Haiti.
Haiti has seen political instability, a severely debilating economy, and an impoverished population. In a country of more than 8 million inhabitants only a little over half the population, an estimate of 52.9% can read and write and per capita income rarely reaches $400 a year (according to the World Bank Report 2004).
The public education system is unable to meet demands: 48% of the population is under the age of 18. Out of 100 primary school age children, only 10 attend public schools, 32 go to private schools and 58 don't go to school at all.
Friends of FOKAL
Friends of FOKAL, formerly a Tides Center Project, is the US fundraising arm of FOKAL. It provides the structure necessary to seek funding in the U.S. With its 501(c)(3) status, it can accept contributions that are fully tax deductible.