Empowering Haitian children to break the

Cycle of Poverty

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What We Do

Our mission is to provide free education to Haitian children who are eager to learn and gain the skills required to lead healthy, productive lives. Our organization shines a light on the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and empowers disadvantaged children to break the cycle of poverty.

2017
LUMIERE D’EDUCATION WAS FOUNDED

200+
CHILDREN EDUCATED

7
TEACHERS ON STAFF

I was born in La Gonave, Haiti and when I was only three years of age, my parents relocated to the United States to start a better life for our family.  As you can imagine, the process was not easy for them so my siblings and I remained in Haiti until my parents were finally established, nine years later.  I am endlessly grateful that I was able to acquire an education here in the United States and I even went on to earn a college degree (self-funded) here, as well.  I am definitely the Haitian exception rather than the rule and I am vastly aware that my life could have and should have (based on circumstances) turned out differently.  Especially because my own mother, as the eldest child in her family, was responsible for the upbringing of her many siblings and with incredible poverty surrounding her for most of her life, was never able to obtain ANY formal education.  I saw how this disadvantage affected all of us and I vowed to eventually make a difference in any way I possibly could. It is because of her struggle with life and poverty that I am exceedingly passionate about Haitian education.

In 2005, with gratitude towards the United States in his heart and memories of his Haitian struggles in his head, my father, Dinaus Joseph, acquired L’ecole Dinaus Mixed school in Haiti to try and make a positive difference. My father is much older now and has recently entrusted the operations to my brother and myself.  It is our personal goal to provide a better education and environment for not only the children at this school, but for children throughout Haiti. Currently, this school is being funded solely by my personal earnings as well as my brother’s. We are realistic in recognizing that we can’t keep this up forever and we are in need of help to provide school supplies, food, and other materials.

We understand that not everyone has a personal connection to Haiti but we hope that, with the increase of global awareness and recognition that any child’s today affects our world’s tomorrow, people will understand the importance of giving a child a chance and will donate what they can.  Help break the cycle of poverty by donating, today!

Who We Are:

A Message From Our Founder

Gelina Mascoe
FOUNDER

Caberbe Joseph
CO-FOUNDER

Our Needs

The school operates five days a week, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Due to the low budget, the school is only able to serve lunch two to three times per week. Students cannot afford their books and funds are limited for the teachers to receive proper compensation for their hard work. By contributing to Lumiere D’Education Foundation Inc., the students will have adequate books and supplies for their classes, teachers will be compensated, the students will receive lunch daily.

Food

Give the gift of food to fuel a child’s hunger for knowledge.

Books

People in Haiti speak French so our textbooks are specially ordered.

Supplies

Give the gift of tools to enable a child to practice what they’ve learned.

Donations

Pay our wonderful teachers who dedicate their lives to these children.

Meet the Children

Because the Haitian government doesn’t fund most schools, families have to pay for their children to attend school. If they can’t pay, their kids can’t go. In rural areas like La Plaine, where our school is located, poverty rates are higher and it’s even more unlikely children are able to afford and education. We are proud to fund this school for the children of La Plaine, Haiti!

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