Hannah Laufer-Rottman held senior positions at the United Nations World Food Programme and founded Palms for Life Fund, a US-based 501(c)(3) in 2006. During her 30 year career with the UN, she saw the devastating effects of hunger, lack of clean water and facilities, and poverty in general. She lived and worked in disadvantaged communities in West-Africa and Latin America. When she left the UN Ms. Laufer-Rottman committed herself to continue the fight to end hunger and poverty, focusing primarily on the countries where she had first-hand experience.
Her vision for Palms for Life is that of an organization that fights for basic human rights, beyond charity or hand-outs, by fostering active participation and ownership by local populations, ensuring sustainable results.
Each local organization carrying out projects funded by Palms for Life is carefully chosen following the Founder’s strict guiding principles. These local implementing partners provide needed services in select communities that lack education, food, water and sanitation.
“I founded Palms for Life Fund because I have seen poverty throughout the world. I know what it means for poor people to live a life with no hope for the future, and I know with complete certainty that we can make a difference by joining hands and working together. I have seen first hand, from my own life experiences, that the cycle of poverty can be broken. It takes knowledge, understanding and participation at the local level, a strong commitment, persistence and vision.”