About Us

About the Foundation

Maison Fortune Orphanage Foundation (MFOF) raises awareness and funds to support and educate the children at the Maison Fortune Orphanage in Hinche, Haiti so that they are empowered to become future leaders of Haiti.

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One room to start

Now an Entire Community 

MFO was founded in 2000 by Lefort Jean Louis. He started with a one-room house and four orphans, then quickly expanded to 30. In 2002 as a newly formed Foundation, we purchased the property on Rue de Veronique, which formed the property we now refer to as the Boys Campus.

In 2004 MFO was able to expand rapidly and in 2005 the orphanage grew to include its own primary school serving both residents and children from the community.  In 2008 our first 20 girls took up residence and today they occupy the Girls Campus in the Village Creole section of Hinche.  Jean Louis remains on our staff as our Founder and MFO Executive Director.

Raising future leaders

Today we serve 177 children in residence and another 222 day-students who attend our primary. Each day our all-Haitian staff serves over 700 meals and washes countless loads of laundry– all with love and care. Not all of our children are orphaned but they are identified as having little to no opportunity for education and often are from single-parent homes with no resources. Every child at the orphanage attends school and many also participate in sports, scouts, or other extra-curricular activities. When a child is referred, we work to find out the story of how they came to be with us – to make sure we are the best option to meet their needs. When they are accepted into our family, MFO becomes their legal guardian. We are not an adoption agency and the children stay within our care.

MFO is registered with the Haitian Authority which oversees Orphanages on the national level. The agency is called Institut du Bien-Etre Social et de Recherches, or IBESR. Our founder works with IBESR to assist with children who need our services.

Since 2002 the MFO Foundation has provided support to the Maison Fortuné Orphanage and is a 501(c) (3) IRS-approved charity. The Foundation is committed to the long-term viability of the orphanage through financial support, outreach to the public, encouraging visits, promoting child-sponsorship and sharing information about the orphanage.



Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3092, Chesapeake, VA 23327-3092

Email: Helpthechildren@mfofoundation.org