Our Story

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Organization was born in 2014, when two Lithuanians, Aura Copeland and Raminta Lilaite went to Haiti for the first time. During their first trip they visited several  schools and orphanages, spoke with their directors and tried to understand where and how they could make an impact in the lives of the most vulnerable children.

During one of such visits in the most violent Cite-Soleil neighborhood, they witnessed a group of boys who spontaneously started making music with self-made instruments. Very soon, other kids started gathering around, singing, dancing and a complete transformation was happening before their eyes. 

This was the moment when the idea for CREATE was born. A month later Aura went back to Port-au-Prince where she started teaching art and design classes herself at two orphanages. Eventually she started hiring and training local teachers, expanding the curriculum and enrolling more and more orphanages into the CREATE, - arts, design, music, dance and English language program.

 

Founder/CEO 

Aura Copeland

Board of Directors New York

Chairman Gregory Schmitt

Secretary Thomas Citro 

Adam Levy

Events Committee New York 

Anita Covic 

Danijela Lazarevic

Advisory Board Miami

Yoeli Goldstein

Sara Shulevitz

Events Committee Miami

Lina Maya

Alicia Hall

Alessandra Fiorini 

Stefanie Messinger

Bonnie Calean

Dasha Balashova

Martina Tasevska

 

Designer, CREATE Developer  Fausta Kingue

Teacher's Coordinator in Haiti Louis Olny

Teachers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

                                                Music teacher Darline Ilan

Music teacher Vesly Anneus

English Language teacher  Dave Pierre-Louis

English Language teacher Laurore Marie

English Language teacher  Naphtania Dolce 

Dance teacher  Sonide Louis-Juste

Dance teacher  Jennyfer Leonard

Dance teacher Sovenel Joseph

Art teacher Charles Dawilking

Art teacher Island Louis 

Art teacher Jimmy Joven