5/15/2013

Ben Stiller Spreads Hope and Opportunity in Haiti



Ben Stiller sticks to his commitment of reshaping Haiti's future by providing access to education and basic necessities with the opening of the rebuilt Children's Cévérine Community School on the outskirts of Maissade.  "Education is one of the keys to ending the vicious cycle of global poverty." Stiller explained in an article in Architectural Digest. "And in Haiti, schools become centers for access to water, food, and other basic needs."


The School was funded through an online campaign called StillerStrong, he launched after his 2009 trip to the country just six months before the devastating earthquake.  The actor visited Haiti with the international aid organization Save the Children.  Even then the country's poverty and desperation were unfathomable.

The initiative, which garnered $350,000, involved the production of a series of comedic videos starring the like of Conan O'Brien, Owen Wilson, Robert De Niro, and former President Bill Clinton.

In the wake of the 2010 earthquake, Stiller furthered his philanthopic efforts by establishing the Stiller Foundation, with the goal of assisting children worldwide.  The organization began the Hatian School initiative to rebuild crippled institutions and their communities.  In partnership with Architecture for Humanity, the program helped resurrect two badly damaged facilities – the Ecole la Dignitee in cayes de Jacmel and the Collége Mixte le Bon Berger in Montrouis– and is currently working on the Ecole Baptiste Bon Berger in Port-au-Prince.