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February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

Jamaica and other Caribbean nations are often looked at for their beautiful beaches, warm sunshine, good food and more. But, too often we forget some of the real issues that plague these nations. CASACO Foundation is doing an awesome thing by championing efforts to further educate and inspire young people throughout various communities.

I am very familiar with the founders of this organization and strongly support their efforts to reach masses of young people, through their various program initiatives. They are working to open a library, to partner with local teachers to enhance the educational experience for kids as well as open a computer lab to further advance the skillsets of these young individuals; presenting them with opportunities to utilize what they have learned to enhance their quality of life.

Winning the Winter 2011 GuideStar-KIMBIA Nonprofit giveaway would help the CASACO Foundation to impact many lives and help to steer a generation in the right direction. Please support their efforts with this award.

Cecile Spence
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I have seen the lives of young people transformed through the efforts of this organization.

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I would not make any changes to the organization. They need the resources to advance their efforts.

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

Growing up in a country where many kids specially young girls are not educated always inspired me to do something about it. The CASACO foundation is actually doing what i always dreamed of doing by providing books, toys, hygienic products to the less fortunate. They plan on opening a library, having local teachers come in and teach the kids how to read and write. The foundation will like to open a computer lab maybe renovate a school , support young athletes in the most deprived neighborhoods.
Winning the Winter 2011 GuideStar-KIMBIA Nonprofit Giveaway will help the CASACO foundation change the lives of many.

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seeing the pictures of kids faces when they received presents from the foundation

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raise more money , recruit more volunteers and contribute more to the cause of CASACO

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February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

There is an old Chinese Proverb: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” The CASACO Foundation strives to improve the lives of children who are deprived of fundamental educational needs. In the past few years, I have watched the CASACO foundation move from an idea discussed around a table and flourish into an awe-inspiring organization that has and continues to provide substantial help to hundreds of children in Jamaica in the form of food, clothing, shoes, bags and school supplies.

The CASACO foundation intends to build a library as well as a computer lab in the coming years. The library will give the children access to books that they otherwise would not have access to as well as a place to read/study in peace in a region surrounded by chaos. We tend to take the things that we have for granted. While computers are an everyday convenience to us, most of the children in this program have not had any contact with computers. A computer lab will not only increase the children’s skill sets, it will also give them access to the rest of the world. Allow them to extend their dreams beyond their every day set-ups.

By improving the education opportunities of today’s impoverished children, the foundation is shaping the futures of their families. The passion displayed by the founders of the CASACO Foundation is exemplary. One of the founders said to me in conversation: “It is a mistake to do nothing because you can only do little- do what you can and make a small difference.” We can all learn from this. Winning this grant will make a world of difference for the children and families in the Caribbean.

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donate more time and money to assist with the efforts

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

I have worked with the CASACO foundation as a board member for the past two years. I have personally been involved with the outreach that CASACO has provided in Jamaica. This past year I was able to take part in a service project in the Kingston neighborhood of Mountain View. About 200 children were treated to speakers, games, food and supplies for food. The foundaton included speakers from the government and the local police to try and ispire the children to do what is right in their community.

I also felt that the event could have been better organized in regard to the clean up after the event. We should have set up garbage bags throughout the facility in which the event took place so all of the garbage could have been deposited by the people who were discarding the garbage. Many people just dropped their food containers on the ground rather than in garbage bags.

Other than that I feel this particular event was a success due to the high volume of participants and the fact that everyone stayed for the entire event.

Supplies for the event were gathered in a number of different ways. Some of the supplies were purchased by the CASACO foundation officers at local stores. Other items were donated by CASACO contributors. We also collected items in White Plains, New York at a local Church of God, International congregation that we have partnered with for future events.

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Seeing the joy on the children's faces after receiving school supplies and a free meal. Seeing how various volunteers who have contributed have been personally rewarded by giving of themselves and their resources.

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Try to have the organization work on their organization skills and planning.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

As a donor and a watchdog on behalf of children I have been involved and monitoring CASACO Foundation since its early days. My philanthropic contributions include five annual scholarships to local schools as well as support for a number of other non-profit causes. As a recipient of a “Champion for Children” award in my community, I am well aware of what it takes to make a difference and I can safely state that the passion that CASACO and its staff has demonstrated towards the improvement of their community and, in particular the children is exemplary. In today’s world, it has becomeincreasingly difficult to discern between true organizations or endowments. It is very important for private fortunes to become financial endowments that are given annually to colleges, universities and, in particular, private institutions. Clearly, some large educational institutions desperately needthese funds as part of their operating or capital requirements. From property improvements and state of theart equipment to endowed professorships, these funds fulfill a significant need. However, for individuals such as myself who believe that all children—not just a selective few—are entitled to a starting point from where to launch their lives, grassroots organizations are worthy of admiration. CASACO is one of these. And because none of us has a crystal ball that tells us where or when the next wave of leaders will emanate from, it is up to grassroots organization to lead the way, even in small dosages. We must remember that leadership—whether industrial, political, civic, or religious—lives deep inside our hearts and is usually fueled by a good mix of adversity and good will. CASACO is plantingseeds that will be harvested by these children as they near adulthood. Their work is not only essential, but should serve as a model for others to follow.

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I have watched this organization from its early stages and I realized early on that their work was genuine and extremely valuable to the communities they serve.

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Convince others to contribute to their cause.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

The CASACO FOUNDATION exemplifies the spirit of giving and helping those in the greatest of need. The goals they set for helping the impoverished childeren and orphans in Jamaica is truly inspiring. Think of what it would mean to these kids to have a library with decent resources so that they can educate themselves to better their own community. In this world, knowledge is power and this project would be a small but vital part in helping children, who normally would not have the resources, to gain the knowledge and become the future power of their country.

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hearing of the successes associated with this organization.

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change nothing.

February 11, 2011

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February 11, 2011

It amazes me how two person can affect thousands of children and families in need. This organization brings hope and strength to those who struggle with providing for themselves and other family members. Education is a valued asset amongst many who are unfortunate and Shernett and Tanya both, provide the tools needed for those who seek a better education and want the American dream. Whether its books, clothing, hygiene products or just a hot meal, it means a lot to those who don't receive it or have no way of getting it. Organizations like this particular one needs to stay alive. Not just to give, but to make people aware of the deep-rooted struggles and hardship of those on an island that is normally betrayed as just a awesome vacation spot. If any organization deserves $5,000 it should be the Caribbean Student and Community Outreach.

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numerous ways! Just to know that I provided a service to children who wanted to go to school was great! It touched my heart when I saw pictures of children receiving books and learning material for them to learn and use for school. I know that made an impact on them and the community. I want to always do more for them now that I've seen what it has done for the community.

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Not do a thing. I would just continue helping a community so they can get strong enough to help others as well.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

I was first introduced to the the Caribbean Student and Community Outreach Foundation more than a year ago, when I met Shernet Dixon-James. Having grown up in Jamaica, herself, Shernet is deeply committed to improving the lives of the children there. Her passion for and commitment to providing much-needed supplies to community schools and orphanages in Jamaica is evident. Traveling to Jamaica annually to work directly with school and orphanage administrators, Shernet devotes a tremendous amount of her time to raising funds and gathering supplies to send to Jamaica. My family has donated items that Shernet has been able to send to Jamaica for the children, as well. With Shernet's creativity and her knack for leveraging resources to benefit the Foundation, the $5000 available here can allow her to make a huge impact and change the lives of so many Jamaican children.

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Shernet has shared her stories about how little the children have--such as books and school supplies--and the supplies she collects and takes or sends to Jamaica for them.

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Recommend that Shernet get the word out more widely about the great work she is doing with the Foundation, so that she can raise more funds and, hopefully, find some additional help organizing the increased donations. I only wish I had more time to give and Shernet's energy!

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