Our Story

  • In 2010, a group of friends got together, wanting to help malnourished children of single mothers in a developing country that didn’t have a public program to rely on.
  • We didn’t like the idea of chunks of our donations going to NGO salaries and other admin costs. There had to be a smarter, more financially efficient way to operate a charity that would enable aid to go to the source of the problem in a direct, raw, unfiltered way.
  • We weren’t retired millionaires. We all had busy careers. We all had busy lives. But we were all too aware that there are children around the world who cannot wait until “we’ve made it.”
  • We had very diverse, in-depth skill sets, ranging from an accountant and a childcare entrepreneur to a pediatrician and a business development exec. We realized with zero officer salaries, but with six-figure skill level, amazing things could happen.
  • Leading by example, Rise2shine was born: No officer salaries. No gimmicks. Just highly skilled people working pro-bono, enabling a small budget to do big amazing things.
  • We chose Haiti prior to the earthquake, as it was already the poorest country in the western hemisphere. The 2010 earthquake boosted all our efforts.
  • In late 2010 we rolled our sleeves up and hit the ground running in Haiti to build relationships in order to make our dream of helping Haiti’s forgotten children a reality.
  • To save on cost, instead of buying our first building, we rented one, and on Nov 11th 2011 Rise2shine opened it’s doors to it’s first 20 children and 4 local staff.
  • Malnourished children, products of raped single mothers, began to receive three nutritious meals per day, a high-quality education, a safe, nurturing environment, a bag of rice for the families each week. We also locally sourced all of our staff.
  • By mid-2012, our systems and organization had matured to the point where we were able to enlist 10 more children to make it 30 enrolled.
  • In 2013 via generous corporate and individual donations, Rise2shine was able to purchase land and build a new center to house 50 children.
  • On October 1st 2013, Rise2shine opened it’s new 50-child early learning center, with 11 full-time local staff.
  • We are committed to quality over quantity, and are relentlessly working on making Rise2shine not just a great early learning center for Haiti, but also in accordance to world class standards.