About us

The Haber Charitable Trust was founded  by Lee and Caroline Portnoi as a family grantmaking trust in 2007, after Lee sold his controlling interest in a highly successful financial services company.  They initially supported a wide range of capital projects including the extension of a sixth form college and class rooms, the fitting out of a walk-in day centre for mental illness, research equipment for Cancer Research and a surgical laser for the Brompton Chest Hospital.

In 2010, Lee and Caroline visited Ethiopia to see projects that they had funded.  That initial visit profoundly influenced them and they were deeply moved by the need for the most basic services that are taken for granted in the developed world.  They were humbled by the dignity of the people and their motivation to help themselves

The Haber Trust has committed over £1m to projects in two regions, Tigray and Amhara in northern Ethiopia, with a population spread amongst the hills and mountains of these rural and neglected areas.  The funding has enabled the completion of urgent work needed, including the building and refurbishment of schools, a variety of water projects, health centres and micro finance projects.


A short film

A very short video about The Haber Trust and our work in Ethiopia.