The Elisha C. Foundation envisions a poverty-free world. We believe the best way to bring about economic stability is by empowering the people. Our role is to establish sustainable programs that will become long-term solutions to alleviating poverty. We want to see lasting change. Whether it is through giving educational scholarships, creating job opportunities, or providing medical aid, we are breaking the cycle of poverty one story at a time.
Here's what we are working with
Haiti was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492 and was called the Pearl of the Antilles because of its natural beauty. Independent since 1804, Haiti has struggled with political leadership, dictators and military coups, and has been the poorest country of the western hemisphere for most of the last two decades. It deserves a fresh start and a return to be the pearl of the Caribbean.
Haiti is known as “the republic of NGOs” because of its heavy dependence on foreign aid. The Haitian people live in daily instability due to the lack of a self-sustaining economy. The greatest need, as well as the best solution is jobs. Training skilled workers and creating job opportunities for the 80% of the population living under the poverty line will sustain individual families, eventually bringing stability to the country as a whole. Other benefits include orphan prevention, higher education and accessibility to healthcare. Empowering local people and communities will put the country back in the hands of the Haitian people – a lasting impact for the future generations to come.
Meet The Founder
I embarked on my first mission trip to Haiti the summer of 2009 to a children’s home in Fond Doux, 50 miles west of Port-au-Prince. I was a student at the University of California, Los Angeles studying a double major in Business Economics and Communication Studies. Little did I know, this was the beginning of a deep passion brewing inside of me. I fell in love with the Haitian people. I was familiar with the children’s hunger for love and attention because of my own childhood experience living apart from my family at eight years old.
When I came back from my seventh trip in December 2011, I realized my passion! My passion to alleviate poverty and bring economic stability to nations in need, starting with Haiti. I desire to see individuals reach their fullest potentials and prepare a better world for future children to come. I only live once and I want to make a lasting impact with my life.