The Lester Fund is a small family foundation that works to address the root causes of poverty in the developing world, with a particular focus on West Africa and Haiti.While the causes of poverty are diverse and complex, we focus our limited resources on the need for education and skills development for sustainable livelihoods of women and youth, and the need to protect women, children and youth from emotional and physical abuse.We focus on women because women are the key drivers of economic development in sub-Saharan Africa, and are the principal agents of food security and household welfare. Empower women to move forward and their countries will move ahead. Keep them down, and their countries will never realize their full potential.
We focus on the well being of children and youth because they are the future. The destinies of their countries will depend on how they grow and develop.