Current Projects

The Children’s Aid Foundation
is a national organization committed to improving the lives
of abused and neglected children through prevention, enrichment
and education. For more information, please visit their website
at www.cafdn.org

 

 

In 2006, in partnership with the Children’s Aid Foundation, the StarFish Foundation established the “StarFish Foundation Scholarships”. Since then, 22 deserving youth have been given the opportunity to pursue a post-secondary education thanks to the StarFish Foundation’s amazing commitment and generosity. These scholarships are awarded to youth who have, or are currently accessing child welfare services from Children’s Aid Societies.“Our mutual belief is that education for at risk children and youth is paramount, as it is the most powerful resource they can use to shape their future. For so many children who have been negatively set back by abuse and neglect, the classroom is a difficult place to be. The consequences tied to an abandoned education can have a debilitating effect on a youth’s life, and the financial barriers of a post-secondary education very often add further impediments to their personal growth

When a youth working to break the cycle of disadvantage receives educational support, their pathway to success can be realized. To know that many of our youth are the first in their families to graduate from post-secondary education is extremely rewarding for us and we could not be more proud of their achievements. It’s because of committed partners like the StarFish Foundation that we are able to offer such important, life-changing support to those we serve, and we are entirely grateful.

Len Gamache, President,
Children’s Aid Foundation

 

Plan is a global movement for change, mobilizing millions of people around the world to support social justice for children in developing countries. Founded in 1937, we are one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, we have only one agenda: to improve the lives of children. For more information, please visit their website at www.plancanada.ca

Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, once said. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Since 2006, The StarFish Foundation, in partnership with Plan Canada, has been helping children, their families, and communities to access quality education, empowering them to unlock their full potential and creating positive change around the globe.

Over the years, The StarFish Foundation has funded multiple vital education projects, bringing children in some of the world’s most marginalized children the knowledge and resources to thrive. In 2006/200, The StarFish Foundation’s funded the “Girls Scholarship Program in Togo, West Africa, providing 120 education scholarships to girls in vulnerable communities. During 2008/09, The StarFish Foundation also funded the construction of a new primary school in Koulan, Togo, including latrines, handwashing stations, drilling of a clean water well and teacher training, benefitting more than 1,200 people. In 2010, The StarFish Foundation began funding a new scholarship program, which focused on the most critical years of schooling when children are most likely to drop out. Through the provision of scholarships, this project reached 900 junior school students across 90 schools in Togo.

Most recently, The StarFish Foundation is supporting an exciting and innovative project in Burkina Faso, where large gaps in the education system have left youth without the basic skills they need to earn a living as they enter adulthood. By investing in the informal education system through vocational and pre-vocational training centres, this project is helping impoverished youth realize employment opportunities and giving them the skills they need to grow their own livelihoods in practical, productive trades such as plumbing, sewing, carpentry, and mechanics.

Thanks to The StarFish Foundation’s support, Plan is rehabilitating vocational centres, training teachers, and providing scholarships, so youth can access training that will set them on the path to success. In addition, through internships, job and trade fairs, and classroom visits from professionals, this project is directly connecting youth to employment opportunities, enabling them to apply their training and establish a proud place in their country’s growing economy.

Because of this project, and the training opportunities made possible with The StarFish Foundation’s support, as one youth explains, “The hope I had lost has been reborn.”

Heather Howes, Senior Development Officer
Plan International Canada Inc.

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