The Haber Charitable Trust was founded in 2007 by Lee and Caroline Portnoi as a family grantmaking trust, 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, a surgical laser for the Brompton Chest Hospital and a number of capital projects in rural Ethiopia. More recently, The Haber Charitable Trust has become involved in establishing Gesher, a Jewish primary school for children with special needs, most notably autism. In addition Lee and Caroline have continued to be major supporters of capital projects in Ethiopia, the remaining sections on this website are dedicated to this central aspect of their philanthropy.
Since 2010, Lee and Caroline have visited Ethiopia several times to see projects that they have funded. Their 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. In each subsequent visit, Lee and Caroline have been humbled by the dignity of the people and inspired by their motivation to help themselves.
The Haber Charitable 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
Please view this very short video about The Haber Charitable Trust and our work in Ethiopia.