The mission of The Mortel High Hopes For Haiti Foundation is to form a new generation of Haitians who are empowered through education to lead self-sufficient and productive lives and to become responsible citizens and community leaders.
In 2016, in response to the growing needs of its expanding educational and humanitarian efforts in Haiti, The Mortel Family Charitable Foundation (MFCF) has announced the formation of The Mortel High Hopes for Haiti Foundation (Mortel HHH) a 501(c)(3) recently recognized by the IRS as a non-for-profit public charity.
Founded by Dr. Rod Mortel, a native of Haiti and the founding Director of the Penn State University Cancer Center, the new foundation will serve as the primary fundraising vehicle to provide financial support and assistance for the schools and programs started in 1998 by Mortel and MFCF in St. Marc, one of the poorest regions in Haiti. The initiative began with the construction and operation of an elementary school, and has since grown to include a pre-school, secondary school, high school and adult literacy program. The organizations’s sole mission is to “Empower Through Education”.
As a public charity, Mortel HHH will have greater access to opportunities for funding through individual donations, other public charities, and corporate, non-profit and government partnerships and grants. “Haiti is a challenging place; poverty, lack of basic necessities like power and clean water, environmental conditions and other factors threaten our students and families regularly,” said Dr. Mortel. “We must be structured so that we can obtain the resources needed to educate, inspire and support Haiti’s next generation of leaders.”
The organization will operate from its headquarters in Hershey, PA, and offices in Baltimore, MD and St. Marc, Haiti. The Mortel Family Charitable Foundation will continue to operate as a private foundation and indirectly support the schools in Haiti.