Send a Poor Child to High School in Jamaica

Apr 21, 2014

Meet Ms. Tanya McLennon: CEF Student Operations Manager

CEF Student Operations Manager - Tanya McLennon
CEF Student Operations Manager - Tanya McLennon

The Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) would like to introduce you to one of our Education Champions, Ms. Tanya McLennon, CEF Student Operations Manager for Jamaica.

Ms. Tanya McLennon has exemplary served the Caribbean Education Foundation since January 2010 and entered her 4-year Anniversary in January 2014!  She is the Student Operations Manager for Jamaica - - the main liaison among the student scholarship recipients, their parents/guardians, the primary schools from which they graduate, and high schools they enter for the next education journey. 

Ms. McLennon explains the reasons she works with CEF, “It is wonderful to be a part of the Caribbean Education Foundation, because I witness daily how CEF is truly making a difference in each child’s education and the lives of poor children.  Without an education in Jamaica, you are going nowhere.  In order to get any job, including lower level, they require applicants to have passed subjects on the Caribbean Examinations.  Job notices say, applicants must have passed “5 CXC subjects”.  You cannot take CXC with without education and money to pay exam fees.  Education is critical to success in Jamaica and poor children need an opportunity.  CEF provides that opportunity.”

On any given day, you may find Ms. McLennon calling scholarship recipients to make sure they have everything required for high school; taking CEF Scholars to bookstores to purchase their textbooks and school supplies; meeting with high school bursars to ensure the school fees are paid; meeting with tutors to get assistance for a few students struggling in Math; conducting primary school tours; or meeting with Principals, Teachers, and Grade Six Coordinators on students' status with the CEF Paul Bogle Scholarship Applications; and more.  Wow!  Ms. McLennon does so much for CEF and the children!  Did we mention she is a Volunteer?

According to CEF's President & CEO, Nikiki Bogle, Esq., "Tanya McLennon is CEF's Education Champion in Jamaica.  Ms. McLennon does solid hard work with complete dedication; and always strives for excellence. She is invaluable to our student operations on the ground in Jamaica."

These are among the many reasons why CEF is very excited to have Ms. McLennon as the Learning Center Manager when we open our doors in 2014!  She is perfect for the position and up to the task.  The students love her and so do we!  CEF knows that the Learning Center will be in excellent hands.

On the Learning Center Management position, Ms. McLennon smiles and exclaims, “I am truly honoured!  The Learning Centre is a natural extension of what CEF already does to help educate poor children.  CEF Scholars will have access to technology, tutoring, and more, which is essential for success.  I am particularly excited, because I will get to spend more time with the children to help them.  I love the fact that CEF Scholars are bright, and simply need help to get their education.  Plus, they are so grateful for the assistance; and have been a joy to be around.”

Ms. McLennon explains why she has volunteered each year, for over 4 years with CEF:  “Service and giving your time is important.  You may not have the financial resources, but making the time to assist a life-changing cause is important to me.  CEF is changing children’s lives for the better and I am happy to be of service to help make this happen in Jamaica.” 

CEF is extremely grateful for the dedicated volunteers such as Ms. McLennon, and our wonderful supporters like you all, who are helping to make access to education a success for poor children!  We need your continued support to make our scholarship recipients attendance in high school a continuing reality for the 2014-2015 school year.

Thank you very much for your generosity!  You make our work possible. 

Ms. McLennon with CEF Scholarship Recipients 2013
Ms. McLennon with CEF Scholarship Recipients 2013
Ms. McLennon with Scholarship Recipients in 2010
Ms. McLennon with Scholarship Recipients in 2010
Ms. McLennon at CEF Primary School Tour in 2012
Ms. McLennon at CEF Primary School Tour in 2012


Dec 19, 2013

Happy Holidays - CEF Awards $2.5 Million JA in Scholarships to 25 Children to attend High School



The Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc. (CEF) has awarded its 2013 Paul Bogle Scholarships to 25 brilliant, poor children to attend high schools in Jamaica.  The Scholarships total $2.5 Million Jamaican dollars.

Paul Bogle Scholarships are awarded to qualified and talented children who graduated from Primary Schools and passed their exams to attend High Schools but are in financial need.  The Scholarships pay: school fees, text books, school supplies, lunch and transportation.

Caribbean Education Foundation maintains high standards for its scholarship recipients.  As is evidenced from the high caliber of students who are awarded Paul Bogle Scholarships, CEF Scholars are among the best and brightest; and attending Top High Schools throughout Jamaica.

CEF's President, Nikiki Bogle, explains why Paul Bogle Scholarships are important, “Public High Schools in Jamaica are NOT FREE.  It is a tremendous challenge for the working poor to provide the resources to send children to public high schools in Jamaica.  We cannot leave an entire population of brilliant children to a life sentence of poverty with no opportunity for progress.  Education will provide them with opportunities for success.” Read more


CEF has added a New Video to our Project!  Please visit our Project Page and check it out.  Let us know what you think about it!  It features Paul Bogle Scholarship Recipient, Ravorn, who has been in our High School Program since 2010.

The funds you generously donated in 2013 to this Project helped to send 7 additional children to high school in Jamaica!  THANK YOU!  We had already provided 10 student scholarships, so our total would have been 17 children in school.  Due to additional generosity, CEF was able to send 8 more children to attend high school on partial scholarships for the semester.  This means we were only able to help these 8 children get through December 2013.  These 8 children still need our help to continue high school in January 2014!

CEF needs to raise the remaining funds and help our 8 additional children continue in high school and be fully funded with textbooks and transportation in January 2014.  We simply cannot abandon these brilliant children and leave them without meaningful access to education!  The following children still need funding to continue to attend high school in January 2014:  Ravorn, Romilla, Tahjay, Kamiela, Nicole, Andre, Dania and Janneil.

MEET JANNEILShe needs to get back to high school in January 2014

Janneil is one of the students who need help to continue high school in January 2014.  She is currently an "A" student at Immaculate Conception High School in Jamaica.  Janneil is 14 years old and in Grade 9.  Janneil was a top scholar throughout her education at St. Peter Claver Primary School. Her grades range from 90% to100%. Janneil earned high scores on the Grade Six Achievement (GSAT) in every subject, including 97% in Mathematics and 97% in Language Arts. She works hard to keep her grade average at an A or A+ and has a positive attitude. Janneil aspires to become a Criminal Lawyer.

   JANNEIL - CEF Paul Bogle Scholarship Recipient 2011-2013

Janneil lives in the inner city of Kingston 11 with her parents and 20 people. She is one of 10 children and her father lost his job. Her mother is working, but earns $16,000 JA ($186 U.S.) per month. There is severe financial strain on the family. Janneil did not know how she was going to pay school fee to attend shool or buy books to learn and do homework. She wants to be given an opportunity to succeed. This scholarship drives Janneil to improve her physical, mental and academic abilities.

Please help CEF help Janneil and the other 7 children by contributing and speading the word!!! 


Our CEF Paul Bogle Scholarship Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Altamont Court Hotel in New Kingston, Jamaica.  Please JOIN US if you are going to be in Jamaica!  Attendance is by Invitation Only and you are all invited.  Order Early Bird Tickets via Eventbrite:



EXCITING NEWS!  CEF "Send a Poor Child to High School in Jamaica" Global Giving Project has also been APPROVED for Microsoft's YouthSpark Initiative!!! Microsoft's YouthSpark opportunity is only available to GlobalGiving's Leaders and Superstars. Our project is now eligible for various YouthSpark funding opportunities, including Gap Inc., Hilton Honors and Your Cause.  Big Thank You to Global Giving and Microsoft!

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EBAY:  Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc. is now registered with EBay Giving Works!  If you shop or sell items through Ebay, please select CEF.  Read more...

On December 7, 2013, CEF President, Nikiki Bogle, Esq. was the KEYNOTE SPEAKER for Boston J.U.M.P. (Jamaica United Mission for Progress) 6th Anniversary Gala in Boston! Boston JUMP is a wonderful charity that helps needy children in Boston and Jamaica in early childhood education. JUMP also sponsored a child for the Caribbean Education Foundation Paul Bogle Scholarship in 2012.  It was an HONOR and PLEASURE for Ms. Bogle to speak with 350+ of JUMP's supporters.  Boston JUMP is helping to change the world.  When you give a poor child access to education, you are opening doors for opportunities and success! You are giving that child a LIFE.

In October 2013, CEF President, Nikiki Bogle, Esq. was named a "Jamaican Hero and Role Model" by Page One Newspaper!  Read more...


Please make a Year-End tax-deductible GIFT to CEF and/or donate in honor of a loved one!  We need your help to contribute and spead the word!!! 

Thank you very much for your generosity!  You have made the education of brilliant, poor children possible.  You are helping to change the world.

Have a wonderful holiday season with your family!  Our CEF Team wishes you all the best in the New Year when it arrives.

Best Wishes,



Nikiki T. Bogle, Esq.

President & CEO

Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc.


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!


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!


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.


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!


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 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


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: 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


Jan 14, 2013

Happy New Year - Saving 18 Children's Lives

Sarah - CEF Scholar in 2010, 2011, 2012
Sarah - CEF Scholar in 2010, 2011, 2012

Happy New Year!  Caribbean Education Foundation hope you had a wonderful holiday season with your family.  CEF wishes you and your loved ones more love, light, health, happiness and blessings in 2013 and beyond! 


You have done the right thing in donating to us - - and we THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.

Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) is off to a wonderful start in 2013!  We are excited about our upcoming programs, events and initiatives!  Our CEF Scholars have continued to soar to great heights both academically and in being awarded leadership roles at their schools!  We will let you know in detail about individual children in subsequent reports.  CEF will also update you on our latest initiatives, but first, we wanted to show why you made a difference in 2012.

CEF was honored with a TOP RATED 2012 NONPROFIT AWARD from GreatNonprofits!  We share this honor with all of you!  Nothing is possible without your help.  We truly appreciate your financial support to each child.


18 children.  18 breaths. 18 smiles.  18 voices.  18 educated.  18 opportunities to thrive.

You have impacted and are transforming the lives of 18 children in need of education.

You are responsible for helping 18 children who are living in poverty to receive meaningful access to quality education in Jamaica.  If education equals opportunity, and opportunity equals life, and we know it does, each of you have directly saved 18 children’s lives in 2012.  The magnitude of your impact cannot be understated.

And so, we wanted to share a letter we recently received from the guardian of a child, Sarah, whom you are helping to educate in Jamaica.  Sarah applied to our Paul Bogle Scholarship Program for high school students in Spring of 2010, so she could attend one of the best public high schools in Jamaica, Immaculate Conception High School for Girls.  At the time, Sarah was 12 years old and wanted desperately to enter Grade 7 in September 2010, but her family did not have the financial resources to fund her education.  Due to our CEF Scholarship, Sarah was able to enter Grade 7 in September 2010; and with your continued generosity in funding our scholarship renewals, Sarah entered Grade 8 in September 2011 and Grade 9 in September 2012.


Dear Caribbean Education Foundation: 

I am so pleased that you were able to sponsor Sarah for another academic year! THANK YOU so very much for your help! 

Sarah continues to be driven by ambition, maturity, initiative and dependability and continues to be a top student and high performer at the Immaculate Conception High School for Girls.

Your continued support has played a major role in my niece, Sarah’s life. I use the word ''life'' because it is not only her education that you have impacted. I am proud to say that this scholarship continues to be a blessing to Sarah’s growth and development.

I personally will continue to push and motivate her to do even better so she can make herself proud and her family, and also make you and your CEF team proud scholarship sponsors.

May the Lord continue to bless you for the work that you and your foundation does.

CEF is also excited to report that this month, we received Sarah’s latest Grade 9 Report and Attendance Report from her school.  Sarah has made Honor Roll again with A grades!  She has also received an additional Award for Perfect Attendance for the Year in Grade 8!  We are very proud of Sarah's achievements!  JOIN US in saying CONGRATULATIONS!




"A" STUDENT IN GRADE 9:  A's in 13 out of 14 SUBJECTS! 


Sarah’s Latest Grade Report:  Sarah is in Grade 9 and taking 14 subjects.  She earned an A in 13 subjects! 

Physics:  A+

Chemistry:  A

Mathematics:  A+

Biology:  A

History:  A

English Language:   A

English Literature:  A

Information Technology:  A+

Spanish:  A

Religious Education:  A+

Food and Nutrition:  A+

Arts & Craft:  A

Physical Education:  A+

Geography:  B+

HOW CAN YOU HELP?  Please continue to donate so children like Sarah are able to stay in school and excel!  Caribbean Education Foundation is now raising funds to help Sarah enter Grade 10 in September 2013; in addition to the 17 more children in our scholarship program.

Start an Online Fundraiser through Global Giving

You can help raise money for our project or an individual student by hosting an Online Fundraiser, where individuals and companies can donate directly to the project!  You may be surprised at how many people and entitities in your network help you reach the goal!  Everyone will want you to win.  It is easy to set up!  Like this one!

Make a Recurring Donation

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Tell a Friend

Please spread the word about CEF to raise awareness of our cause through your networks!  Knowledge is power and people cannot help if they do not know about our work.  Maybe they would host an Online Fundraiser or Adopt a Student!

DID YOU KNOW THAT CEF HAS ANOTHER PROJECT ON GLOBAL GIVING?  CEF is creating a Learning & Technology Center for Youth in Jamaica – this project will help our current scholarship recipients and also allow us to serve hundreds more children in the inner cities of Kingston.  Learn more about it here!

Thank you very much for your generosity!  CEF’s work would not be possible without your continued financial support.  We appreciate your help.

CEF Scholar Sarah with CEO Nikiki Bogle
CEF Scholar Sarah with CEO Nikiki Bogle


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Nikiki Bogle

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