About the Lazarus Foundation ..
Board of Directors
Background .. The Lazarus Foundation - Asia Pacific was founded by Donovan Lazarus in 2005 while he was traveling in Southeast Asia as a part of his mission for the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command (JPAC). Lazarus had always valued education, and it took visiting several poverty stricken villages with no educational facilities to make him realize that he wanted to do something to further education. He decided that he would start with Asia, where he had first-hand knowledge of the poor educational conditions, and Hawaii, where he currently resides.
What We Do .. LF-AP is dedicated to supporting the educational advancement of disadvantaged students of talent in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Currently, we raise money to fund our scholarships which will help pay for the college education of several students in Oahu, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
Mission Statement .. Our mission is to provide help to those students truly in need of financial support and to promote education in Asia and the Pacific Islands in any way we can, to the best of our ability. We believe that by actively supporting education among our youth, we can help make the world a better place. We offer the following programs to achieve this mission.
Our Vision .. We envision a world in which students do not hesitate to learn and strive for the best. We want to be able to see students grow up to realize their dreams through education, whatever those dreams may be. We believe that the future is in our youth, and we look forward to knowledge and wisdom in the future.
More Information ..
Donovan Lazarus started the foundation in 2005. Donovan regularly makes trips to Southeast Asia as a part of his mission for the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command (JPAC). It is their mission to locate missing American soldiers throughout Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. During regular treks through these countries, the men of the mission were touched by the poverty and lack of education they saw around them. Many villages they visited had no school at all.
The sight of so many children eager to learn but lacking needed resources struck a chord in the soldiers’ hearts. They reached out to these children by donating money from their own pockets. Upon returning to the States, Donovan decided to take their cause a step further and started The Lazarus Foundation: Asia Pacific.
Over the past year, the Foundation has donated $10,000 in supplies and equipment to various communities throughout Southeast Asia. Scholarships have been awarded to 8 students for a total of $3,000. We have also awarded full scholarships to 2 students. Participants in our programs typically range from 17 to 20 years of age. We currently have over 20 staff members and volunteers involved in our foundation directly and indirectly.