Louis’ acting career took him all over the world including France, England, Indonesia, Ghana and Nigeria. All made easier by the fact that Louis can speak 5 different languages, English, French, Spanish, Italian and Creole. He also appeared in 4 Haitian movies. Jimmy Jean Louis received the best actor nomination for the movie ‘Sinking Sand’. He also received an AMAA in 2011, the equivalent of an Oscars for Nollywood movies.
With all his success, Jimmy Jean Louis, has never forgotten where he has come from. In fact, he uses his success to give back to the Haitian community. Louis founded the organisation, ‘Holly wood Unites’ in 2008 as a means of helping the people of his beloved native land, Haiti. It is a non-profit organisation; whose mission is to promote sports and cultural activities for the underprivileged youth of Haiti. They focus on sports and culture to brighten the hearts and minds of the children. It encourages them to build confidence, competence and gives them a sense of community. As well as this, they learn invaluable life skills and citizenship. The organisation creates arts and sports programmes in areas where there aren’t any. They provide existing grassroots organisations with equipment, supplies and funds to help them accomplish their goals.
A catastrophic earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, bringing much devastation and loss of life. The house in which Jimmy Jean Louis grew up in was destroyed and many of his relatives were killed. The earthquake also destroyed a school, which left over 100 students without a place to learn. The Hollywood Unites organisation, have since rebuilt the school in Cadet, a very remote part of the country, where 90% of the people don’t know how to read and write. Evidently, the need to rebuild the school was great, the school not only provides children with an education but also with one meal a day.