Focus Haitian Music Inc. FOHAMU is a charitable, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization,
is dedicated to promoting empowerment of people through education, protection of the
environment, and respect for cultural diversity.
Our institution provides affordable, educational, and outdoor recreational activities in a safe, clean, and inviting environment for people of all ages through sound business and management practices. We are committed to achieving long lasting change that transforms people's lives and brightens Haiti's future.
Through our programs, we develop individuals with strong leadership qualities and
innovative mindsets. We are working to reduce poverty and injustice in disadvantaged
areas and promote democratic values, social change and free expression.
We believe that social change and progress depend on the ability of well-educated individuals to transfer their culture heritage and knowledge to future generations.
In this regard, FOHAMU is committed to providing the educational and cultural support necessary for the formation of the next generation if Haitian leadership, whom will become globally competitive and cognizant of the world conjuncture.
We support construction of schools, water purification and viable community events in the United States and abroad.
After 15 years as an educator at high schools within NYC's public education
system, Herbert turns his attention back to his origins: Haiti. Choosing
to teach within NYC's economically challenged areas, he found personal fulfillment
when he noticed positive change in the students.
In the United States, poor students have free access books, tech and science labs, free breakfast and lunches, free transportation cards, free uniforms (if it is mandated), well-trained teachers and administrators, etc. Yet, they have to be coerced to attend school.
He noticed that in Haiti, most youngsters are dreaming of such services, they have strong dreams and do want to succeed. Students are marching or begging for teachers and labs and cafeterias. Give them them the tools, and they will amaze the world! Since 2000, he has worked to his life's work operating as CEO at Focus Haitian Music (FOHAMU), alongside his brother, Jean Joseph.
Since 2000, Jean has been both the Principal and Educator at
Institution Chrétienne d'Haïti (ICDH). He oversaw the construction
and formation of the 5-story educational complex in Carrefour, Haiti.
Even after the disastrous 2010 earthquake, which left the building destroyed
and incurred personal losses and injury, his dedication to educating and providing
support to the Haitian community has only grown stronger.
Jean has rebuilt the school in 2011, and continues to oversee the growth & development of not only the students, but of the school staff and adults in the local community. He sets the standard of education above and beyond Haitian standards, to give students the opportunity to excel internationally.
As Vice Present of FBLA Chapter Haiti, he personally prepares his students to excel in the competitive events held in America. He ensures that the students are equipped with state-of-the-art technology needed in their classes and gives his staff all the tools and techniques necessary to effectively educate. All while ensuring a safe and secure environment for everyone involved.