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PopWrapped | Celebrities

Paul Haggis Receives Charitable Commitment From Bovet Watches

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Updated 02/19/2014 12:36am
Courtesy of The Star Courtesy of The Star

Shannon Connolly

Staff Writer

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The Swiss maker of beautiful timepieces, Bovet 1822, has given a huge five-year charitable commitment to director Paul Haggis’s charity Artists for Peace and Justice. This totals a global minimum of $4.5 million. The current owner of the Bovet Watch Company, Pascal Raffy, who has held the positions since 2001 met Haggis  at a party in 2012. Raffy, who is known to be a nice and caring guy, listened to what Haggis had to say about his charity. Raffy loved Haggis’s passion for his charity. Artists for Peace and Justice is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2009 by Paul Haggis. Its mission is to serve the poorest communities in Haiti with programs in education, and healthcare. In 2013, they began the construction of a post-secondary school called the Artists Institute of Haiti, which is a free college for art and technology in the coastal city of Jacmel. Paul Haggis also helped build a free high school with Father Rick Frechette, who was a priest and doctor who worked in Haiti. They started with seventh graders, and are going to annually add grades to the school. 400 kids showed up the first year. Now they teach grades 7-11 and they have 2,200 students. They would like to expand to grades 7-13 and have about 3,000 students, sometime in the next two years. Raffy talked about the efficiency and concentration of Bovet's charitable efforts stating that “Children everywhere matter; it's about maximizing what can happen in one place. If everyone gave with modesty and humility what APJ is doing for the children of Haiti, all over, Earth would do much better."  

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