Our Mission

The aim of the Alaya Foundation is to aid in the relief of poverty for victims whose lives have been touched by a natural disaster.

Its actions: to provide the inhabitants of these regions with the necessities of life, including shelter with a common area, food, drinking water, clothes, access to health care, basic education as well as training programs to ensure their future needs are met.

The Alaya Foundation works closely with these affected populations around the world.

Background

In 2014, Martine Breuillaud travelled to the foothills of the Himalayas. This is where the idea was born of setting up the Alaya Foundation, which means “the house where one feels good”.

On April 25th 2015, she was in Kathmandu during the earthquake, and it was impossible for her not to return to help her Nepalese friends. Alaya takes shape, and by 2016 The Alaya Foundation is officially recognized as a charity:

Registration number in Canada: 80917 9922 RR0001.

Registration number in Quebec: 1171142848.

History

The Alaya Foundation was created in 2015. Father Benoît Lacroix hosted our very first fund- raising event, encouraging our fledging foundation through his generosity, spirit of openness, interest in world cultures and desire to bring people together. He had just turned 100 years old.

This first evening was followed by various thematic events featuring artists, guest speakers and journalists, continuously characterized by the will to gather together in diversity and to share information about our primary mission.

Dear guests and members of the audience, you have often by responded by demonstrating your commitment to our actions and you have been most generous. We would like to thank you, once again.

Here is a summary of our accomplishments to date:

  • March 2, 2017  – Homage to Expo 67 benefit concert with Les Requins and Shirley Théroux, our patron for the evening in Montréal.
  • November 24, 2016 – Benefit concert with guest speaker alpinist Gabriel Filippi and Catherine with a Tahan Blind Test in Montréal.
  • June 2, 2016 – Benefit concert by Marc Hervieux in Montréal.
  • December 11, 2015 – Screening of the documentary film « Women of the mountains » as part of the official selection of the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival in Nepal.
  • December 4, 2015 – Benefit conference by Martine Breuillaud at Café Citrus in Ste-Adèle, Québec.
  • November 14, 2015 – Benefit concert for the Alaya Foundation organised by the Anges de l’Espoir Foundation at the Église de la Visitation church in Montréal.
  • October 15, 2015 – First fund-raising evening with Father Benoît, held at the Dominican Monastery. Guest speakers were journalist Charlez Tisseyre and alpinist Gabriel Filippi.

The three objectives of Alaya’s mission

  • Alleviate poverty for communities that have been affected by natural disasters. This is accomplished by working closely with the people of these communities, helping them acquire the basic amenities of life, including food, drinking water, clothing, access to health care, shelter and a gathering place, as well as the tools to foster self-sufficiency, such as seeds and animals.

  • Promote education by supporting the restoration of educational facilities, such as public schools, fostering homework programs for children, as well as offering literacy classes to all those affected by these disasters.

  • Facilitate access to training programs in construction, hygene and basic craftsmanship, to enable victims to be self sufficient and meet their own needs in a timely fashion.