In 2011, two American women with Ethiopian families banded together to create educational programs to orphanages and impoverished children in Addis Ababa.
These women formed a board in the US, received 501c3 status, and became The Lelt Foundation. The organization addresses severe impoverishment, malnutrition, and economic security in the neighborhood of Kara Kore, which is on the outskirts of Addis Ababa.
Lelt Foundation believes in complete transparency and accountability. Private donors pay all of Lelt Foundation’s administrative costs.
100% of your donation goes to our programs in Ethiopia. View our financial information here.
The Lelt Foundation believes that being born into poverty should not deny you the right to succeed. Our programs are designed for women and children in Kara Kore to not only survive, but thrive.
Lelt utilizes a Synergy Strategy which achieves success and sustainability through a combination of programs in education, nutrition, food security, orphan care, trauma counseling, microfinance and job creation for participating families.
Anja has studied Nonprofit Management at the University of Illinois, Chicago. A musician as well, she has recorded and performed with David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Mary J Blige, Harry Connick Jr, Iron & Wine, Rod Stewart and Rufus Wainwright. Anja lives in New York City with her 2 daughters, and plays the Broadway show HAMILTON.
Carlos heads the Institutional Prime Services (IPS) team at ADM Investor Services, Inc. In addition, he is the founder of JOIA Investments LLC, his own family office that allocates to early stage managers. Carlos is a member of Lelt’s Board of Directors and is a Co-Chair on the Fundraising Committee.
Jay is on Lelt’s Development and Fundraising team, a Board member, and merchandise and business consultant for the foundation. He is also Vice President of Sales for designer Thom Browne. Jay resides in New York City.
Diane is a member of the board of directors and the Population Health and Health Initiatives Director for Lelt Foundation. She travels to Ethiopia every year and forms partnerships with local organizations to improve the health system for our community. Diane is a MSN, RN, CNOR and CBN in Bethpage, New York, where she has been a lifelong resident. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeffrey is the Board Treasurer of the Lelt Foundation. He is also the Co-Founder and President of ROW Asset Management, and resides in New York City.
Danielle is a founding member of Lelt’s Board of Directors, and is the editor of Lelt’s child and family sponsorship updates. She is a labor and delivery nurse in Santa Cruz, CA, where she resides with her husband and two boys.
Candice is a member of Lelt's Board of Directors, and coordinates fundraising events for the foundation. Originally from Australia, she studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and currently resides in New York City, where she runs her own Interior and Event Design business.