Our Story

Rise House (Training to Empower) was founded in March 2019 with a vision to empower individuals, families, and communities in developing nations. We are committed to providing training, education and resources to allow people to rise above poverty and become self-sufficient.

Emily Hime began humanitarian work in 2010 when she first traveled to Ghana, Africa, and was exposed first-hand to poverty, disease, and injustices.  In 2011, she traveled to the earthquake-ravished island of Haiti. Emily fell in love with the country and the Haitian people and had a passion to help.  She founded a grassroots, non-profit organization, Hime For Help, and eventually took over a corrupt orphanage in the Haitian countryside.

After running Hime For Help and Maison Ke Kontan Children’s Home for seven years, Emily was conflicted morally as she saw a much greater need than what Hime For Help was addressing.  She began to learn about other orphanages and organizations in Haiti and was shocked to discover the truth behind them. Most orphanages consist of children that have two living parents; however, these children are institutionalized because the parents are unable to provide for the children and believe an orphanage will give them a better chance at life. 

This created a shift in perspective.  We realized that a band-aid was being put on a much bigger issue and that the organization’s mission should be focusing on how we can empower individuals and families to rise above the poverty to ensure they can provide a sustainable future for themselves and their children.  Family reunification was always Hime For Help’s end goal. We relocated over 15 children with their families after taking over the Haitian-run orphanage.

Today, Rise House is going one step further by bringing training, education, and resources to these individuals and families to allow them to stay together as a family.  

We have 5 main projects we hope to implement in 2019:

  1. Training and Education
  2. Micro-finance
  3. Emergency Response
  4. Family Reunification
  5. Rise House Safe Haven (shelter for women and children)

Mission Statement:

By providing training, financial solutions and educational opportunities we empower people living in developing countries to improve their economic standing.



We believe that with training, financial help and education, people living in poverty within developing countries will be able to rise out of poverty by creating their own local sustainable enterprises that will support their children’s futures and bring resources to their communities.



Accountability – We take personal responsibility for using our resources efficiently, achieving measurable results, and being accountable to supporters, partners and, most of all, the people we serve.

Ambition – We are demanding of ourselves and our colleagues, set high goals and are committed to improving the quality of everything we do for those we serve.

Collaboration – We respect and value each other, thrive on our diversity, and work with partners to leverage our global strength in making a difference for individuals and families that we work with.

Creativity – We are open to new ideas, embrace change, and take disciplined risks to develop sustainable solutions for and with those we serve.

Integrity – We aspire to live to the highest standards of personal honesty and behaviour; we never compromise our reputation and always act in the best interests of the individuals, families, and communities we work with.

Board of Directors

Emily Hime

Brock McGregor

Thomas Slager
Vice President

Brian Knowler
Legal Advisor

Jean Douma

Tamar Van Eyk

Kirsten Ramsay

John Lyons

Ange Awrey

Haitian Staff

Wilmene Jean Pierre
Haitian Director/Childcare Support Leader
Casimir Joseph 
Haitian Co-Director/Program Coordinator
Brunis Orisme 
Program Coordinator/Translator
House Keeping Support
Nursing Support
Grounds Maintenance
Childcare Support 
Madame Mondesir
Social Worker/Family Reunification Director
House Keeping Support 
Childcare support