The HEART methodology (Healing and Education Through the Arts) provides psychosocial support to children living with acute or chronic stress. Art helps them elaborate and communicate their memories and emotions to a trusted adult. And that is how the healing process is activated.

Save the Children Switzerland spread the use of the HEART methodology in 12 schools in Haiti by offering a 4-day introductory course and a strengthening session with Alta Mane support. Each of the 61 participants received a HEART implementation manual translated in French and Creole. From January to June 2017, the trained teachers introduced the HEART methodology in class, providing artistic activities (drawing, painting, sculpture and music) to 2’307 kids, ages 10-13. In order to ensure the good implementation of the HEART methodology, Save the Children Switzerland has conducted 48 monitoring visits, 18 focus groups and 4 awareness sessions intended for parents. Most of the teachers daily introduced the HEART methodology in class, improving the psychosocial wellbeing of children. On the basis of the positive results obtained, the Ministry of Public Education highly recommends the perpetuation of the program HEART in the schools already participating to the project and its extension to other educational institutions.

The project in summary

The project in detail

In 2017, the project supported by Fondation Alta Mane, has transferred the HEART methodology to 36 teachers and school headmasters from 12 schools in three municipalities in the South-West of Haiti. The training gave them the tools and knowledge to provide psychosocial support through the arts to 2’307 children affected by Hurricane Matthew. Certified international trainers trained 5 operators of the Haitian NGO PRODEV and 2 officers of the Ministry of Public Education to support and supervise the implementation of the HEART method after the end of the project.

Direct beneficiaries

  • 61 participants in the HEART training course, of which:

-36 teachers and school headmasters;

-5 PRODEV operators;

-2 officers of the Ministry of Public Education;

18 members of Save the Children local staff.

  • 2’307 children, ages 10 to 13.

Human resources

  • 2 international certified HEART trainers.


  • 12 schools 4 of which in Torbeck, 2 in Camp Perrin and 6 in Beaumont. Save the Children has already involved these schools in the Parc Macaya Quality Education Initiative (PMQEI).

Save the Children Switzerland

Save the Children has been active in Switzerland since 2006. Since 1919, the organization provides medical care, food aid, education and protection to children in 120 countries all over the world. It is present in Haiti since 1978 where it manages, since 2014, the PMQEI initiative, involving 27 schools in 9 municipalities of the South and Grand’Anse departments (which hosted the project supported by Alta Mane). Even before Hurricane Matthew, Save the Children had activated Education, Child Protection, Health and Disaster Risk Reduction programs.