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Meet the Founder

Tricia Joseph, MPA
Founder and President of Vive Harambee!

Tricia has several years experience working with non-profit organizations domestically and internationally. As Public Relations Officer for the Trinidad & Tobago Association of Northern California she founded "T & T Read", a project responsible for exporting textbooks and educational materials to school libraries in rural areas of Trinidad & Tobago. As a Consultant, she managed a project to construct a library in West Africa and directed efforts for the successful procurement of textbooks and computers for the purpose of developing and sustaining a library in a rural Nigerian village. She currently sits on the board of Chest of Hope, a non-profit organization established to build transitional homes for orphaned youth in the Caribbean.

A native of Trinidad & Tobago, Tricia earned her Master of Public Administration in Public Policy degree from California State University, East Bay and is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society for Public Administrators. Prior to graduate school she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business from Golden Gate University.

From the Founders Desk

The earthquake that occurred in Haiti on January 12, 2010 is one that we will not soon forget. Thoughts of the millions of people who were impacted, those who were stuck under pounds of rubble and debris, and the thousands of children who were left orphaned was overwhelming. The images we watched through various media outlets were haunting, and we were often moved to tears. For several days we didn't know if our own family members were safe, but then came word that everyone was alive and well. Unfortunately, many of our Haitian friends were not as fortunate and suffered the loss of many family members and friends. Unable to travel to Haiti at that time we sought solace in volunteering at a local community center where it was comforting to see Haitians and non-Haitians alike united for a common cause.

It has been said, "Watch a man in times of...adversity to discover what kind of man he is; for then at last words of truth are drawn from the depths of his heart, and the mask is torn off (Lucretius, On the Nature of Things), so it was with us. Out of our immense desire to assist the people of Haiti in their hour of need, came our revelation to serve others in need across the globe. However, we felt certain that our desire to serve extended beyond Haiti's borders, and thus, Vive Harambee! was born.

Water is a vital resource, but each year millions die because they don't have access to clean water. In the United States where we live we, we generally take water for granted; we turn on our faucets and out comes a flow of water. However, for millions across the globe clean water is a privilege that many do not enjoy, and dirty water and lack of sanitation facilities is a source of sickness, disease and even death.

We are indigent to the Caribbean, and as such, know what it's like to live in an environment where water is not easily accessible. The reality of just how important our mission is was reinforced during a recent trip to Haiti where we witnessed small children bathing in dirty water alongside a busy highway, and the many people we saw walking for miles with buckets of water that would perhaps last one day.

It is out goal as social entrepreneurs to be provide services and raise awareness about this important issue affecting so many around the world. Water is a human right. So in the true spirit of Harambee (to pull together to work for a project), we hope you will join with us as we refresh our world one community at a time.

Vive Harambee!