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Caribbean Education Foundation - CEF

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth

Mission: The Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc. (CEF) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping poor children receive meaningful access to quality education in the Caribbean. Our current mission country is Jamaica. For example, in Jamaica, PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION IS NOT FREE. Many poor children are unable to attend high school because families cannot afford the costs. 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. CEF’s goal is to take action, to ensure things will change to break the poverty cycle and give our youth meaningful choices and opportunities in this world.

Results: CEF has already awarded 40 student scholarships in excess of $50,000 U.S. dollars to brilliant, under-served students in Jamaica in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. It plans to continue to help many more children in 2013.

Target demographics: CEF awards scholarships to children at all levels of education who are unable to attend public school because parents cannot pay the tuition and other school related costs. However, CEF current focus is on poor children ages 10-17 years old who are unable to attend Junior High and High School in Jamaica. Our Scholarships pay school fees, purchase text books, school supplies, uniforms, meals and transportation.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 18 children in need of an education.

Geographic areas served: Jamaica

Programs: Paul Bogle Scholarship for High School Create a Learning Center for Children in Kingston, Jamaica Venice Stubbs Higher Education Sustaining Scholarship for Boarding for University Students Joe Higgs University Scholarship for undergraduate students

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Shadona B.


Rating: 5

It's a great honor to give CEF 5 stars for their contribution to some of the most brilliant Children in Jamaica, who have passed their Grade Six Achievement test. (GSat) paying their School Fees, Textbooks, Uniforms, Transportation, Lunch and Medicals. I'm so amazed by the Carribbean Education Foundation. (CEF). I believe every person in this world, deserves a chance to strive and to be productive of their country. CEF is delievering a great oppurtunity for success. This is also a great gift to the children in this world today, being able to have the ability to take care of their needs, reach their goals, and be an excellent contributor to the society. I wish CEF a great success.

Wayne M.


Rating: 5

CEF is by far one of the most effective not for profit organizations targeted at children's education currently operating in the Caribbean. While the mission of the organization, children's education, is one which many organizations in the caribbean and elsewhere share, and one which resonates with many donors, I believe that this organization is effective and deserving of my support because of the very testimony of the children they serve, many of whom are featured on their website. These children though poor in material resources have succeded academically. For a small investment you and I can give them an opportunity to continue their education. This is the equivalent of a free lunch both literally and figuratively. You have an opportunity to make an investment in an already academically succcessful individual so they can continue to succeed. That is a sure investment if ever I have heard of one. Additionally, I also believe CEF is effective based on my personal interaction with the organization. After having volunteered at and attended a number of their events over the years, I am impressed with their ability to raise fund in an efficent manner thereby ensuring that a larger percentage of donated funds makes its way to the target mission. I'm also impressed by the fact that the leadership of the organization is likewise committed to the funding mission not just in terms of their donated services but also by the fact that they are willing to committ their own financial resources to the mission in a significant way.

Anna F.


Rating: 5

Was blessed to be able to spend a few hours with Upper Elementary and Junior High Students during their school day at The Academy in Kingston 12. The students had such lovely voices however their school lacked so many things that could bring them up to speed. It is very sad to see so many living so well and yet children must pay to attend school and pay for their own transportation, food, books, materials and supplies. Additionally, many students' neighborhoods are too dangerous and need assistance and/or finances to relocate in order to attend High School. 1 ♥ Caribbean Education Foundation, founded and managed by Joe Higgs' grandaughter, Nikiki Bogle, Esq. is always seeking mentors, volunteers, and donors to help make a difference to deserving students. Please put and keep children first, families suffer when children need assistance. Strong educational programs like this make miracles happen. It is easy to help others when you have experienced that gift yourself. Blessings always! 1 ♥



Rating: 5

CEF is an exemplary foundation changing the lives of underrepresented children who might otherwise have been forgotten. In delivering education, CEF is delivering a key fundamental opportunity for success— opportunity for opening doors. There is no greater gift than granting a child the ability to take care of herself and be a vital contributor to society. I wholeheartedly endorse CEF.


Rating: 5

The Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc. (CEF) based in Boston, Massachusetts is a wonderful nonprofit doing excellent work to help poor children receive an education! I have volunteered with CEF for 3 years now. It is a fantastic organization with a professional and very active Board who are all volunteers. The Executive Officers are dedicated volunteers too.

I learned a great deal from CEF, which raised awareness that PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS ARE NOT FREE IN JAMAICA. Thousands of brilliant poor children are unable to attend high school there, because parents cannot afford the school fees, text books, transportation, school supplies and meals.

This is the organization's major effort right now--to help poor children have meaningful access to high school education in its current mission country of Jamaica. To do so, it awards "Paul Bogle Scholarships" for High School children. CEF plans to expand its scholarship programs to other Caribbean countries in 2012.

I particularly love that CEF has Financial Transparency and at least 80% of funds raised go to the CEF Scholarship Programs. All donations designated for Scholarships are 100% donated to that program. This results in the organization being able to provide more Scholarships to underprivileged children to attend school.