In 2008, Marie Miriame Darbouze Michel and her family embarked on a journey to restore the legacy of their father, the late Reverend Jean-Joseph Darbouze. Reverend Darbouze was a missionary in his hometown of Arniquet (Ar-nik-ay) and was a strong philanthropist of those in need of support in Haiti as his work of faith and a servant of Jesus Christ who said: “love your neighbor as yourself”. In the mid-1980’s, Reverend Darbouze started the very first after-school program in his living room in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He named the school “Jesus ‘children”. This after-school program was tuition free for the needy children of the neighborhood. In addition, he hosted weekly community prayer in his house, which started bringing an environment of togetherness to those who were struggling with life challenges in his community. Supported by his grown children, Reverend Darbouze provided food, clothing, school supplies to his neighbors and their children; while supporting youth development, basic literacy, and writing skills to those in need.
The passion for education and service to others of the late Reverend Darbouze inspired his grown children to launch the Jean-Joseph Darbouze Foundation by using their late father’s home to start the Jean-Joseph Darbouze Academy in 2008, creating a safe space for 75 children to have access to primary school education. This primary school in Arniquet was led under the leadership of the late Mr. Rene Clervil.