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.


Founded by Dr. Rod Mortel, a native of Haiti and the founding Director of the Penn State University Cancer Center, the Mortel Family Charitable Foundation began in 1997 as a private foundation with the goal of providing education and other humanitarian support to the poorest of the poor in St. Marc, Haiti.  The initiative began with the construction and operation of an elementary school, and has since grown to include a pre-school, high school, and adult literacy program.  The organization’s sole mission is to “Empower Through Education.” 


In 2016, after many years of growth and expanding needs, the Mortel Family Charitable Foundation announced the formation of the Mortel High Hopes for Haiti Foundation (Mortel HHH) a 501(C)(3) public charity. 

As a public charity, Mortel HHH has 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 are structured so that we can obtain the resources needed to educate, inspire, and support Haiti’s next generation of leaders.”

Both the Mortel High Hopes for Haiti Foundation and the Mortel Family Charitable Foundation operate from offices in Harrisburg, PA.