Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc.

The CARIBBEAN EDUCATION FOUNDATION, INC. (CEF) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the United States, dedicated to helping poor children receive meaningful access to quality education in the Caribbean. CEF awards scholarships to children who are unable to attend school, because families are unable to pay school fees and other required school related costs. Our Student Scholarships pay school fees, purchase text books, school supplies, uniforms, meals and transportation. The Caribbean Education Foundation is established on the principles in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, UN Declaration of Human Rights. CEF believes education is the cornerstone to choice and ...
Mar 6, 2015

FIRST IN THE CLASS!

CEF Scholar - Nicole
CEF Scholar - Nicole

Future Lawyer Nicole is First in Class

The Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) has been receiving last semester’s Grade Reports from our Scholarship Recipients. The Grade Reports we have received thus far have made us proud! CEF is particularly happy that our students continue to stay focus despite their challenges and circumstances and remained steadfast in excelling in high school. It is hard to focus when you have a hungry belly. 

Your Donations are making a Difference

Nicole is First in her Class and we are so EXCITED!

Nicole continues to excel at Wolmer’s High School for Girls, one of the top high schools in Jamaica. She is now 14 years old and in Grade 9. We recently received Nicole’s last term Grade Report. She is not only an “A” Student, but she was placed First in Her Class! She also received a Blue Report Upper Tier Award for excellence in her work! 

Nicole lives with her aunt who is her guardian. She has four brothers and sisters. Her aunt is currently unemployed and unable to obtain the funds for school fee, text books and school supplies to attend high school. Nicole says the Paul Bogle Scholarship "will give me the foundation to build a better me and build foundation for my career goal."

Nicole previously maintained an "A" average at Rollington Town Primary School. She earned high scores on the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in every subject, including 96% in Mathematics and 96% in Social Studies.

Nicole's goal is to become a Lawyer to help others resolve problems.  We believe that with your continued assistance, Nicole will accomplish her goals!  Our CEF team is very proud of this excellent result for Nicole, and each of you helped to make it happen!  Thank you so much for your help!

SCHOLARSHIP RENEWALS:

CEF was only able to renew 10 of our Student Scholarships for the school year, due to a lack of sufficient funds. We continue to seek funding, in order to renew the additional 10 Scholarships, as those students are still without all their text books; and school fees are unpaid. We need your help to assist the additional children.

As you know, Public High Schools are NOT FREE in Jamaica. Our Paul Bogle Scholarships students' pay school fees, textbooks, school supplies, transportation and lunch.  CEF is a registered U.S. based 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and all contributions are 100% tax deductible.

Help Make it Happen: March 18th is 30% Bonus Day on Global Giving!

GlobalGiving's first matching opportunity of 2015 is Wednesday, March 18th! They are offering a 30% match on all donations up to $1,000 per donor per project, while funds remain. There is $60,000 available in matching and matching begins at 9:00 EDT and lasts until funds run out or 23:59:59 EDT.  There is also $2,000 in bonus prizes available!

Please help CEF and donate to our project on March 18th, so that we can raise needed funds through this great matching opportunity and complete our Scholarship Awards! Please donate early, as the matching funds go quickly and we need all the help we can get to ensure that all our Scholarship Recipients receive all their text books and pay their school fees.

A "Special Thank You" to all our Recurring Donors!  Recurring monthly donations make a huge difference, no matter the amount:  $10, $20, $50, $100.  Since it is automated, you rarely miss those funds.  Please consider becoming a CEF Recurring Donor Today!  We would greatly appreciate it.

Huge Thank You to everyone for your continued support!  You are giving brilliant poor children meaningful opportunities to transform their own lives out of poverty.

Mar 6, 2015

We Found Space!

The building - we like the Mango Tree in front
The building - we like the Mango Tree in front

A Space Journey in Jamaica

Great news! We found Space! We are breathing a sigh of relief.  Our Scholarship Recipients continue to thrive in high school and are excited about the Learning Center.

Sometimes it pays to take a second look and re-evaluate the purpose. For the past year, our CEF team has been trying to find a good space in the right location that will work well for the Learning & Technology Center in Kingston, Jamaica.

Because our Scholarship Recipients attend different high schools at various locations throughout Kingston and St. Andrew, we tried to find a space that was more central so that our students would converge in the middle at our Learning Center when their schools let out. It would have been much easier to locate space in a particular inner-city neighborhood, but such a location would have denied easy access to most of our students, and there were major security concerns.  Therefore, we concluded that the centrally located areas of Half-Way Tree or Cross Roads would work best. Unfortunately, the properties we viewed in those central locations were very expensive and unaffordable for us. And the properties that were reasonably priced for our charity to afford were broom closets!

Frustrated, we started to look outside of the central locations. One of the spaces we viewed is located in downtown Kingston. Physically, the building with some improvements would work well for the Center and it was spacious and in a charitable price range. However, we did not envision going all the way to downtown Kingston, nor did we want to. We thought it wasn’t very central and we had some security concerns, and it is surrounded by depressed communities.

Several months later, after viewing additional spaces in exhaustion, we re-visited the downtown Kingston building. One of the things we noticed is that although it is downtown, it would be easily accessible to most of our students, because many buses go there. Importantly, there are several other schools around that area, where those students are also in desperate need of access to technology, not only our scholarship recipients. It was settled. We walked in the space a few days ago, and knew we had found our new Center home!

By creating the Learning & Technology Center downtown Kingston, CEF will now reach an additional population of disadvantaged children who really need this support! We are excited!  As our team work on the new space, we will be sending you photos and updates on the progress.

March 18th is 30% Bonus Day on Global Giving!

GlobalGiving's first matching opportunity of 2015 is Wednesday, March 18th! They are offering a 30% match on all donations up to $1,000 per donor per project, while funds remain. There is $60,000 available in matching and matching begins at 9:00 EDT and lasts until funds run out or 23:59:59 EDT.  There is also $2,000 in bonus prizes available!

Please help us and donate to CEF Learning & Technology Center on March 18th, so that we can raise needed funds through this great matching opportunity! Please donate early, as the matching funds go quickly and we need all the help we can get to make our Learning & Technology Center an excellent one.

Thank you for your continued support!  You are making the education of brilliant poor children possible.

Inside room downtairs - Library & Homework Area
Inside room downtairs - Library & Homework Area
Room upstairs - Computer Lab
Room upstairs - Computer Lab
Oct 17, 2014

Learning Best Practices - An Education Center Visit in Kingston, Jamaica

CEF President with a Student in the Center Library
CEF President with a Student in the Center Library

The Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) team recently traveled to Jamaica to assess best practices for the launch of our Learning & Technology Center.  As a result, the team conducted visits to an Education Center in an inner-city community in Kingston, Jamaica, somewhat similar to the Learning Center we will launch. 

We wanted to gain insight on the inner operations of the Education Center, meet with the children, parents and assess their experiences in utilizing the space.  In addition, the CEF team met with the Center Director and conducted in-depth interviews on its internal workings, which proved extremely insightful.

The Center consists of a Library, Homework Area, 2 Computer Labs, Classroom, Area for Art Projects such as Basket Weaving and Painting; and a large outdoor space for playing and activities.

We learned that the children used the space right after school to do homework, while other students received tutoring in subject areas in which they struggled.  The space was right next to an all age school, which provided a great convenience for both the children and a few teachers who volunteered tutoring services at the Center.  Likewise, due to the location, the clients at the Center ranged from small children to older students.  The Center made an impressive use of the space to help the entire community, not only children, as it also offered Reading and Literacy Classes to many adults in the evenings, after the children had gone home.

Overall, the Center seemed to be making a huge impact on the students who used the space and is helping to transform the community.

Although our CEF Learning & Technology Center will be different in several ways, as we will focus on high school students from ages 12-18 and emphasize technological skills development, our team gained invaluable knowledge from spending several hours at the Education Center, which we will implement when we open this year. 

We are very excited about our launch and you will be the first to know once everything is all set to open our center doors! 

Thank you very much for your continued support!  You make education of brilliant, poor children possible.

 

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Students at the Center
Students at the Center's Computer Area
CEF President with Students in the Computer Area
CEF President with Students in the Computer Area
Student Making a Basket in Arts and Crafts Section
Student Making a Basket in Arts and Crafts Section
Student Making a Basket in Arts and Crafts Section
Student Making a Basket in Arts and Crafts Section
Center Volunteer from Germany and CEF President
Center Volunteer from Germany and CEF President

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