Community Outreach & Pro Bono

Community Outreach & Pro Bono - 2014

Aug. 2014

Howard M. Cooper, Working with Alliance for Children Foundation, Helps to Make a Difference in Haiti

The Alliance for Children Foundation is a Massachusetts based international relief organization devoted to improving the physical and emotional well-being of orphaned and at-risk children worldwide.  Established in 2000, the Foundation builds upon nearly 40 years of experience and key relationships established through its sister organization, the Alliance for Children, a nationally accredited adoption agency.  It has invested in child welfare in seven countries around the globe.

Howard M. Cooper, a partner with Todd & Weld LLP, has served as Chairman of the Board of the Alliance for Children Foundation ("AFC") since 2004.  The firm has represented the Foundation on a pro bono basis for many years.

At the end of May 2014, Howard and his daughter, Hope, travelled to Haiti to visit an orphanage located in Kenscoff, a village in the mountains located an hour's drive outside of Port-Au-Prince.  The AFC helped build the orphanage in 2013 following the devastating earthquake which destroyed much of Haiti's infrastructure.  The orphanage currently houses children ranging in age from newborn to 16 years old, many of whom will be adopted by families in the United States.

The purpose of the visit was to set up an interactive educational dance program to be run by The Cambridge School of Weston via Skype for the children living in the Kenscoff orphanage.  The dance program will be one part of an AFC-sponsored educational curriculum for the children growing up in the orphanage.  Educational opportunities for children in Haiti are few and those that exist are privately run.  Hope is currently going into her Senior year at The Cambridge School of Weston and will be working with her classmates to make the program a reality this coming academic year.