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Build a School in Haiti

The School Sessions exists to partner individuals with photographers worldwide to build a school in Haiti. Six years ago, an earthquake devastated much of the poverty-stricken nation, taking the lives of almost half a million Haitians and destroying thousands of schools.

Only a couple miles from the earthquake’s epicentre, the 200+ students from ECCA School, were left without a place to learn. Years later, staff and students continue to gather in a crowded and makeshift facility.

During the month of April, when you book a portrait session with a participating photographer, your session fee will help build a brand new facility for ECCA School.

In 2015, The School Sessions hosted our first global fundraiser. Our supporters (that’s you!) helped us raise over $45,000 and purchase new land for the future ECCA School. Together in 2016, we have a goal of $150,000 to fund the new building costs. Let’s get started!


of Haiti's population is under the age of 18


of Haitians live on less than $2 a day


of primary-aged children in Haiti are not attending school


of Haitians cannot read or write

  • January 12, 2010

    7.0 Magnitude Earthquake hits Haiti, destroying ECCA School’s building - only 10km from the quake’s epicentre.

  • 2010

    ECCA staff, students and community work hard to repair the devastating damage.

  • October 25, 2012

    Hurricane Sandy arrives, damaging the repairs ECCA School worked so hard to rebuild. Staff works diligently to teach 200 students despite disheartening conditions.

  • October 2014

    The School Sessions is created by Randy and Jamie Watson, in partnership with Hope Force International, to raise $200,000 to build a new school for ECCA.

  • January 2015

    Our first fundraiser website launches! Individuals around the world hire photographers for portrait sessions and donate 100% of the session fee to build ECCA School.

  • April 2015

    This month, sessions are photographed in exchange for donations and we raise over $45,000! Over 500 photographers volunteer and brand new land is purchased for ECCA.

  • October 2015

    Our founders and media team travel back to Haiti to visit ECCA and capture new material for our 2016 fundraiser launch.

  • January 2016

    Our second annual fundraiser begins and our website re-launches!

  • April 2016

    Your session booked with a photographer will help us meet our goal of raising another $150,000 to build the new ECCA School on the purchased land.

  • "We are honoured to be playing a small part in changing the lives of generations to come through The School Sessions."

    Mary Marantz Justin & Mary Photography

  • "I love the idea of using your gifts and talents to raise money for such a worthy cause."

    Katelyn James Katelyn James Photography

  • "We're proud to partner with artists using their talent to make a difference in the lives of these children."

    Brandon Peterson The Album Design

  • "Opening up the safe opportunity for children to have an education is outstanding. I'm grateful to be able to give back this way."

    Kristen Morris I'm Kristen Photography

  • "Education is the first step needed to push an entire country towards positive growth, and I'm honoured to play a part in helping Haiti's education system.

    Josh Newton Josh Newton Photography

  • "When I first heard about the School Sessions I knew I had to participate! It's a beautiful thing to see creatives coming together for one common goal."

    Elyse Michelle

  • "I was touched to contribute and know we will forever have a part of our hearts in the school once it's built!"

    Beth Anne

  • "We love supporting projects with a purpose and we are glad to involve our business and clients in the process!"


  • "We were so thrilled to be able to support this amazing cause, and would do it again in a heartbeat!"

    Matt Kennedy

  • "I truly love and believe in the heart behind this project!"

    Nikki Santerre

Make Haiti's Future Bright.

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$48,621 raised of $200,000




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