Jean Elade Eloi was born in a small village called Zorangé, located in the southeast district of Haiti. At 12 years old, Elade spoke his dream out loud for the first time: “When I grow up, I want to help Haiti.” But first, he moved to the United States in 1982, eventually graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Biochemistry and went on to pursue a career in Biotechnology.
In 1999, Elade realized his life-long dream by starting the Hope For Haiti Foundation in his home village. The goal of the organization was, and continues to be, to empower young leaders within the community to effect change in their homes. HFHF is spreading hope and expanding its work throughout the region, thus taking part in the efforts to see a better future for Elade’s beloved Haiti. In 2008, Elade left the “industry” to devote himself to full-time mission work and as of 2012, he can be found working tirelessly around the clock in the HFHF office. And even though he enjoys activities like soccer and golf, most of his free time is spent thinking about Haiti.
Elade married his wife, Cherlyne, in 1989 and has two daughters, Marquise and Maxine. Elade freely admits that without God and Cherlyne, there would be no HFHF – she gave the permission to start in 1999, and the rest is history.