We believe that the cycle of inequity can be broken through entities making substantial investments in children and adolescents. Therefore, we partner with organizations and people to tackle the problems that face children across the Caribbean in three main areas: Education, Healthcare and Social Development. Our Education Program focuses on ensuring that all children have access to the basic tools needed to succeed in the education process from pre-school through college. Through our Healthcare Programs, we support areas that receive little or not attention and funding, but have a major impact on children. The goal of our Social Development Program is to change the social development strategy of disadvantaged youth.
Where We Work
Water and Sanitation:
Installation of Flush Toilets in Primary Schools
Installation of Playgrounds
Social Development Projects:
Support of orphanages
Essential School Supplies for Primary School Children
School Uniforms for Primary School Children
Social Development Initiatives
Social Development Initiatives
Social Development Initiative
Our Goal: to ensure that every child has access to education and is equipped with the tools that he/she needs to succeed in school. Our Strategy: we support the development of fair and reliable education systems while ensuring that the children who participate in these systems are provided with the tools to thrive. We have three programs that work in concert toward this goal.
Our Stepping Stones Pre-School Program aims to increase the number of children who have access to early childhood education (ages 2.5 – 6 years) through the construction of pre-schools in underserved communities across the Caribbean.
Our College-Ready Education Program aims to ensure that all Caribbean students are able to take the college qualifying examinations – CXC (Caribbean Examinations Council) through the funding of these examinations for students who are financially unable to meet the cost of these examinations and
Our Post Secondary Programs provide financial assistance to Caribbean children to attend university in the United States or one of its territories (the COTC Scholarship).
Students need school supplies to enrich and also to get the right learning experience. Without the materials needed for school, a student is unable to get the work done, become disconnected from classes, and may eventually drop out. Students who cannot provide for themselves basic supplies such as crayons, paper, and notebooks are least likely to succeed without intervention. Our Back-to-School Program, strives to ensure that every child has the resources/materials that he needs to do well in the classroom.
Education is a fundamental right. Despite great progress in the last 15 years, millions of children are still denied their right to education. This is because there are many barriers and obstacles that are hindering children's access to and completion of education. Providing the CXC Examination Fees for students who are unable to afford the payments ensures that these students have the chance to take the examinations so that they may further their education beyond the Secondary School level.
Special needs students benefit from being in a regular classroom. Research has proven that the language skills of preschoolers with disabilities improve when they are taught alongside their mainstream peers. “Students with disabilities are the ones who are affected most by the language skills of the other children in their class,” said Laura Justice, co-author of the study and professor of teaching and learning at Ohio State University.
Our Goal: to improve the health of under-served children and families in developing countries. We focus our efforts on diseases and medical conditions that cause significant illness and lowers the mortality rate of children in the Caribbean.
Our Strategy: we focus our health care efforts in two broad directions – child health and maternal and newborn health. We support a continuum of services for women and their children from preconception to the postpartum period. Antibiotics, sterile blades for cutting umbilical cords, drugs that prevent and treat postpartum hemorrhage, antenatal corticosteroids to accelerate lung maturation in the fetus, and best practices such as kangaroo mother care (i.e. exclusive breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact to keep the baby warm), are some of the low-cost interventions that Children of the Caribbean Foundation will support across the Caribbean to reduce deaths of mothers and newborns.
The statistics are alarming. As high as the reported number of infected persons might be, the reality is that there are far more infected persons who are un-reported in this region. HIV positive and/or AIDS infected children suffer most. We believe that by educating the children and the public at large, the attitudes toward HIV and AIDS can be changed leading its eventual elimination.
Teenage pregnancy is a serious problem in Latin America and the Caribbean with a high percentage of unwanted births creating greater risks to reproductive health than in older age groups. In Jamaica, pregnancy is the main reason why girls drop out of Secondary Education. Many of the teenage mothers are under 15 years old. The probability of early motherhood is highest among poor adolescents. In collaboration with local organizations and public health departments, we create programs for the prevention of teenage pregnancy and motherhood.
Established in honor of Nurse Ruth Lanns-Hodge, the program provides support to expecting mothers and new borns. The goal of the project is to achieve optimal health for both mother and child.
Our Goal: to provide the stimuli that have the greatest positive impact on the development, health, personality and intellectual capacity of children across the Caribbean.
Our Strategy: we start off by defining social development in children as the process by which a child learns to interact with his/her peers in ways that are accepted by society. We aim at addressing those components of the micro and macro environments that inevitably lead to social abnormalities in children and adolescents. Our solutions may be as simple as building a playground in an under-served community or running a one-week sports camp in a community where children are severely financially stricken. We are committed to strengthening community and neighborhood supports to children and their families.
Through Project ASPIRE we provide opportunities for children to develop social awareness and skills as they relate with different people and experience a range of roles and expectations. Through their relationships and connections with others, children build a sense of who they are and where they fit in the social world. Leading to an understanding about self and others is the central goal of our Social Development Program.
Play is essential to the development of children because it contributes to physical, social and emotional well-being. We install playgrounds in communities that lack the resources to create extra-curricular activities and safe and healthy environments for children to engage in play.
Children of the Caribbean Foundation strives to make a difference in the lives of children living in ‘children’s homes’ across the Caribbean, through providing physical upgrades to the institution (e.g. renovations, repairs); furnishings (dining furnishings, stoves, beds, linens etc.); clothing for children and food.