Alfred Béliard, also known as Ciga, was born in 1923 in Cap Haitien, a city in the Northern coast of Haiti. Alfred’s parents came from two different social backgrounds. His father, Max Beliard, was an established notary and his mother, Anne-Lise Richemond, was from humble beginnings. At the age of 16, Alfred lost his father to colon cancer.
Alfred Béliard was a fighter who believed in the potential of human beings when they are given the right tools. With the support of his wife Anne-Marie Jean-Joseph, he worked hard to meet the needs of their children. He was always concerned with the social inequalities he witnessed and tried to address them in all his business endeavors.
During the 1970s, without any outside funding, Mr and Mrs Alfred Béliard invested with small entrepreneurs to facilitate their access to fabric trade. Always mindful of the well-being of others, he felt frustrated by the unfettered unemployment rate in the country; He sought an activity which would create more jobs. Consequently, he left the fabric trade and decided to build a hotel-where both construction of the building and daily activities of the hotel would help feed several families.
Like his father, Alfred died of cancer at the age of 65. The Beliard Family has not been spared this scourge, his uncles and aunts, his cousins, and even his eldest daughter Claudette Béliard Victor all succumbed to cancer in various forms before the age of 65. This genetic legacy persists from generation to generation.
In memory of this fighter, Alfred Béliard, and guided by his surviving wife, his children and grandchildren wish to continue the spirit of sharing and social responsibility by creating the Foundation.