GoodBrothers! Alain Pompilus

The GoodBrothers! is a new feature for SistersSpace.  In this column, we will feature positive black men from jazz musicians to entrepreneurs.This week’s GoodBrother! is Alain Pompilus, president and founder of  The Lila Foundation a non-profit dedicated to rebuilding the country of Haiti.  If you would like to recommend a GoodBrother!, click here.

Tell us about you:

I was born in Boston Massachusetts and raised in Palm Beach FL.  I am a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a  Bachelors degree in Finance and a Master degree in Business Administration.  I have been heavily involved in the community ever since moving to Orlando in 2001.  I am actively involved in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Goodwill Mentors of Orlando, National Urban Leagues – Young Professionals, Haitian Professionals of Orlando, and other organizations.

What is your favorite quote/motto?

Romans 8:28  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Last book read?

Execution:  The discipline of getting things done by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan

If you could invite one sister(dead or alive) to dinner who would it be?

Michelle Obama:  I have a thing for intelligent women and I also have a thing for supportive women.  I believe Michelle Obama encompasses both, she is a strong black woman that adds true value and life to a man’s vision…and honestly that is hard to come by.

Tell us about The Lila Foundation:

The LiLa Foundation was created to serve the needs of the poor Haitian people.  Our mission is to progress rural Haitian communities living in poverty by providing primary education and health services to children and families.  It was officially created in 2010 but has held a contributive effort for quite some time.  For nearly 10 years the works of the foundation was upheld by the children and grandchildren of Lina and Lafontant Bien-Aime.  But today the need is much greater, and our vision is to foster our programs, resources and presence so that we can help a greater number of people.

What inspired you to start the foundation?

There are several things that inspired me to start it.  First and foremost it had been on my spirit to do something like this for such a long time.  And in seeking God I found enough faith to go through with its creation.  Secondly, the need had become so great after the earthquake that it called for immediate action and mobilization.  We were now racing against the clock to save lies.  It made sense to start it since we already had experience working in Haiti and the earthquake brought awareness to the country during its crisis.

What are some of the services you provide?

We provide Primary Education through our LiLa School for children ages 5 to 12.  We also provide an annual Health Fair which we conduct health screenings to children and their families.  Another one of our flagship programs is a community empowerment initiative that creates ownership among the people we serve.  These are key to the long term sustainability of our humanitarian work in Haiti.

How long do you think it will take to rebuild Haiti?

I believe that Haiti can be rebuilt in the next 5 years, further more I think that with the right investment, priorities and personnel, Haiti can be an beacon in the Caribbean.  I feel it can get back to being a leading agricultural exporter and also have the resources to combat extreme poverty in the country.

LiLa volunteers with other organization's Earthquake relief efforts

Why was it so important for you to give back to the people of Haiti?

The reason I feel that it is so important to give back to Haiti is because a lot of people do not completely understand the need.  Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere.  For a country with such rich history and culture it suffers economically and socially.  The U.S is a neighboring country that could impact hundreds of thousands of lives through a concentrated and organized effort.

How can one help your organization?

In this phase of our organization we are in need of dedicated volunteers to help the organization run.  Also we need financial resources to truly do our work.  Lastly we need to raise awareness about our organization in hopes of partnering with businesses and other individuals.

You can donate to The Lila Foundation here.

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Tiá Jones, MBA is the owner of SistersSpace.com the fastest growing online community for women of color. Tiá is also the blogger and creator of The Hostess Chick, and CEO of New Legacy Services, LLC, a small business coaching company.

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