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 ...
Sep 16, 2013

Back to School - Students Need Your Support

CEF Top Paul Bogle Scholarship Recipient - Dania
CEF Top Paul Bogle Scholarship Recipient - Dania

We hope you had a wonderful Summer!  It is that time of year again and Caribbean Education Foundation Paul Bogle Scholarship recipients are going back to high schools throughout Jamaica, due to the generosity of donors like you; and our Education Ambassadors who have adopted a student!  Our work would not be possible without your continued support. We are extremely grateful!

HOW DID CEF SCHOLARS PERFORM IN THE PAST YEAR?

The overwhelming majority of CEF Scholars continue to do excellent work in school!  14 out of 18 students excelled with “A Grades” and made the Honor Roll.  11 have "A" Grade Point Averages:  Dania, Trevisa, Sarah, Janneil, Daniellia, Shamarie, Tamia, Janet, Savena, Nicole, Ashauni.  3 have "B+" Grade Point Averages; and 4 are struggling and need additional assistance.  We have a couple students in especially difficult circumstances at home; and additionally, lack access to technology and homework assistance, which reflects in some of their grades.  In order to provide students with additional support, CEF is creating a Learning & Technology Center!

SCHOLARSHIP RENEWALS:  BACK TO SCHOOL CAMPAIGN!

As you know, Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) renews scholarships for students who are still in financial need, attended high school regularly and maintained good grades.  This month, CEF provided 10 student scholarships! 

High School started on September 2nd in Jamaica and unfortunately, many of our brilliant scholarship students are unable to attend due to a lack of funds!  Many don't have bus fare, text books or school supplies!  Danielle says, "I don't worry so much that I don't have any lunch, as long as I have the bus fare to get to school and text books to learn the lessons and do my homework.  This is all I ask for."  She is 12 years old. 

Although students qualify for scholarship renewals, sadly, CEF has not been able to renew all scholarships as yet, due to a lack of funds.  We need your help to assist the additional children to attend high school! 

Our Back to School Campaign is to raise funds to send 25 children to high school.  As discussed 10 children already received scholarships.  We need your help for assist the remaining 15 children.  Please make a contribution and help us make high school happen for these brilliant 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.

TOP STUDENT DANIA NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT:

Dania is currently an "A" student at Campion College, the top high school in Jamaica.  She just entered Grade 8 on September 2, 2013.  She excelled at St. Peter Claver Primary School, maintaining an "A+" Grade Point Average. She performed outstanding on the GSAT, obtaining 100% in Communication and 98% in Science. Her goal is to become a Medical Doctor, a Cardiologist.  Dania lives in the inner-city community of Seaview Gardens with her mother and siblings. Her mother is unemployed and unable to provide all the items required for high school attendance. Dania wants to be able to focus on studying and continuing to excel, without worrying about finances to attend school.

Yesterday, Dania called CEF pleading for scholarship renewal.  She is only 13 years old and in Grade 8.  She is attending high school, but the administrators are asking when their fees will be paid, which is embarassing the child.  Importantly, Dania explained, "I have no text books, and cannot do my homework.  School started two weeks ago and I am behind in classes because of it.  The lady who helped me last year died in July.  I really your help." 

Dania is an "A student".  She made Honor Roll last school year; and is among our Top CEF Scholars!  We cannot let her lose hope.  At the moment, Dania and many of our scholarship students do not have meaningful access to education.  We hope you are able to assist CEF by making a contribution today; and sharing our GlobalGiving Report wth your networks.  You never know who will give, so please SHARE our report with everyone!

WAYS TO HELP:

1.  Please Make a Contribution and forward our email to your networks!

2.  Adopt a Student and become a CEF Education Ambassador or Refer a Friend or Group to do so!

Please adopt an individual student today, or refer someone to do so.  Your assistance will be invaluable in that child's life. 

3.  Make a Recurring Donation

Make a recurring donation on GlobalGiving!  GlobalGiving is doing matching donations for new recurring donations that are made this month!

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

With Deep Gratitude,

Nikiki.

 

Nikiki T. Bogle, Esq.
President & CEO
Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc.

Send a Child to High School in Jamaica - Campaign
Send a Child to High School in Jamaica - Campaign
CEF Top Paul Bogle Scholarship Recipient - Dania
CEF Top Paul Bogle Scholarship Recipient - Dania

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Aug 7, 2013

Almost there - Update on Jamaica Visit

Outside a potential space for the Learning Center
Outside a potential space for the Learning Center

Our Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) team members were in Jamaica in Spring of this year to see our scholarship recipients and finalize things for the Learning & Technology Center.  We visited a number of spaces.  A few of the spaces looked very promising to host the Learning Center for our children.

In our last update, we told you that CEF was working with some volunteer management students at Bryant University to help CEF get the necessary supplies for the Center.  Thanks to their efforts, we received received 10 donated computers for the Center!

We also met with eight of our CEF Paul Bogle Scholars to see how they were doing and what their additional needs might be.  The children's responses were overwhelming that a Learning & Technolgy Center would provide the anchor they needed to excel and be better prepared for the global technological environment.  The biggest issues are a lack of computers and consistent electricity to do homework.

Our team is hoping to launch the Center in October, with your support! 

Please make a donation to the Learning Center Project today!  A recurring donation of $25 or more per month will go a long way to ensure the Center gets up and running as soon as possible.

Thank you for your help.

Inside a potential space to host Learning Center
Inside a potential space to host Learning Center
8 of CEF Scholarship Recipients -May 2013, Jamaica
8 of CEF Scholarship Recipients -May 2013, Jamaica
May 16, 2013

Happy Child's Month - Wonderful Jamaica Visit with CEF Scholars

CEF Scholars with CEO Nikiki Bogle in Jamaica
CEF Scholars with CEO Nikiki Bogle in Jamaica

Did you know that May is Child’s Month?  The Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) wishes a Happy Child’s Month to all children around the globe!  

CEF wishes that all mothers had a very Happy Mother’s Day! 

In addition, Happy Father’s Day when it comes to all dads in June!

Last month in April 2013, CEF’s President and Team members visited some of our CEF Scholars in Kingston, Jamaica.  As you know, CEF always receives our scholars' Grade Reports on how they are doing in school.  The detailed Grade Reports inform of us of not just their grades, but their overall attitude and behavior towards each subject matter (14 subjects) and their attendance record, including tardiness.  So, the CEF team learns a great deal from the Grade Reports!  However, there is nothing like a personal meeting to learn who a child really is.  It was truly wonderful to meet with the children in person! 

We met with some of our Kingston CEF Scholars at Emancipation Park in Kingston, Jamaica.  Our President had one-on-one sessions about academics, leadership roles and home life with each child.  As you can imagine, some things were very sad to hear about the difficulties and pains at home - - they are so young, at 12 to 14 years old and already experience so much in their young lives.  Despite their many challenges, our CEF Scholars persevere and stand tall.  We ask that you will continue to financially support our scholars who really need it most!

The overwhelming majority of scholars continue to do excellent in school!  We have a couple students in especially difficult circumstances at home and lack access to technology and homework assistance, which reflects in some of their grades.  In order to provide students with additional support, CEF is creating a Learning & Technology Center to launch in September 2013!  The Learning Center will provide a safe, well-lit space for homework and research, exposure to computer technology, homework assistance, tutoring, mentoring and other services, so these children continue to rise and swim.  We ask that you support CEF's Learning Center initiative, which will not only help our current CEF Scholars, but reach thousands of additional disadvantaged children we have not been able to assist due to financial constraints. 

Of course, no visit with children is complete without a treat…so we took them for some delicious pizza in New Kingston!  For some students, it was their first time having pizza and they truly enjoyed it!

The current school year ends in June, and CEF is asking you to make a donation, so these students may enter the next grade in high school in September 2013!   Please consider a recurring donation of $25 per month!

In addition, CEF is seeking Education Ambassadors for our Adopt-a-Student Program.  Ambassadorship is open to everyone:  individuals, businesses, organizations and groups.  The cost to fund one student to attend public high school for one year in Jamaica is $1,500 U.S. dollars.  Each Education Ambassador receives direct information about her or his adopted student along with a photograph.  Throughout the school year, each CEF Ambassador is updated with Grade Reports, Attendance Reports and Behavioral Reports about the school performance of his or her adopted child.  Ambassadors may also communicate with their adopted students.   

As you are aware, Public High Schools are NOT FREE in Jamaica.  The cost to attend public high school in Jamaica is at least $1,500 U.S. dollars.  The minimum wage is approximately $50.00 U.S. dollars per week or $200.00 U.S. dollars per month.  Many of the students who receive CEF scholarships have "working poor parent(s)" who are unable to afford the costs of high school due to the low wages they earn.  CEF’s goal is to give youth meaningful choices and opportunities in this world, and thereby break the poverty cycle.  

CEF is seeking 10 Education Ambassadors who are able to help a child gain access to quality education.  Will you be one of THE CEF 10?  Individuals and entities that wish to become a CEF Education Ambassador should contact the Caribbean Education Foundation directly at Email: info@educatechild.org or Phone:  800-677-0839.

Please continue to spread the word about CEF; and Like our page on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter.

As always, CEF cannot do our work without your financial support.  Thank you so much for contributing to help a poor child receive an education.   We truly appreciate your support!

CEF Scholars at Emancipation Park in Jamaica
CEF Scholars at Emancipation Park in Jamaica
CEF Scholars having pizza in New Kingston
CEF Scholars having pizza in New Kingston

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