Leadership Team

Lefort Jean-Louis , Founder

Lefort Jean-Louis , Founder

Lefort Jean-Louis has devoted his life to improving the lives of hundreds of vulnerable children in Hinche region of Haiti. Without his intervention, these children would remain on the streets, with little food, no education, and no love or support.   He knows this first hand because he grew up part of a poor peasant family in the Artibonite region of Haiti and when someone offered him the help he now extends to others – his life changed.  After attending High School he had the opportunity to be educated at Virginia Tech but rather than remain in the U.S.,  where he could enjoy a high standard of living, he was unwavering in his commitment to return to Haiti to give back to his country.

Jean-Louis began this quest very modestly in 2000 when he took four children living off the streets and provided them food and shelter in a small building he was able to rent from the Diocese of Hinche. In 2002, the orphanage had grown from 4 to 23 small boys. Jean-Louis earned the trust and respect of his friends in the U.S. as well as in Haiti. His exceptional stewardship is responsible for the growth of Maison Fortuné Orphanage which now includes 200+ boys and girls, and from one small building he now oversees two campuses and an  elementary school. Through Jean-Louis’ efforts and stewardship, Maison Fortuné Orphanage has grown into a beacon of hope for a brighter future for the poorest of the poor youth in Haiti.

After the earthquake in 2010 the orphanage was also used as a food distribution point and contact station for medical assistance – furthering the reach beyond just the children we serve daily.  Jean Louis continues today to serve as the Maison Fortune Orphanage Founder and Director and he also serves as the President of the local Toastmasters club.

Lefort Jean-Louis , Founder

Mary K. Kwasniewski, Executive Director

Since 2014, Mary Kwasniewski has been the Executive Director of the Maison Fortune Orphanage Foundation (MFOF).  She works closely with board members and stakeholders to provide support for the ongoing programs and activities at the Maison Fortune Orphanage in Hinche, Haiti.  Mary began her extensive international career by working for a US State Department contractor supporting international peace keeping programs in West Africa.  In 2004, she and her husband moved to Hampton Roads where she switched to the non-profit sector.  Working with a global heath nonprofit, her team effectively deployed medical missions led by volunteer training teams.

Throughout her career, Mary has conducted extensive international travel which has allowed her to gain a deeper understanding of integral relationships when working across cultures.  She is able to effectively bring to back stories that describe the needs and desires of international partners resulting in successful development efforts.  Mary is excited to part of the MFOF team and to build upon the past successes of MFOF in their quest to raise the future leaders of Haiti.

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