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, 18 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

Since 2006, The StarFish Foundation has partnered with Plan Canada to support education programs in West Africa. The StarFish Foundation recognizes that learning is crucial for development and is one of the most powerful tools in breaking the cycle of poverty. Through Plan, we are working to ensure children, their families and communities get the knowledge and life skills they need to realize their full potential.

In 2006/2007, The StarFish Foundation funded the “Girls Scholarship Program” in Togo, West Africa. This funding provided 120 scholarships to girls, enabling them to realize improved standards of living, increased access to education, and a better quality of life overall.During 2008/09, The StarFish Foundation funded the construction of a new primary school (including latrines, handwashing stations, drilling of a water well, and provision of teacher training) in Koulan, Togo. In addition to the educational improvements directly benefitting students and children at the new school, the entire community of more than 1,200 people is now also benefiting from access to clean water, which will reduce illness and prevent disease.

Since 2010, The StarFish Foundation is funding a new scholarship program, which focuses on pupils in the most critical schooling years during which the majority of students drop out. At this level, only 42% of girls and 64% of boys are enrolled. The Starfish Foundation is helping to improve this situation, ensuring students get to – and successfully complete – the secondary school education they deserve. Also, school clubs are collaborating with Parent Associations and teachers to monitor children’s performance at school and encourage support from parents and other family members.

Through the provision of scholarships, this project is providing essential education to 900 junior school students at 90 schools throughout the region – girls and boys from some of the most marginalized families in Togo. Each scholarship student also receives a kerosene lamp, a kaki cloth for school uniforms, and a packet of note books to help with their homework; while 180 teachers received materials allowing them to provide students with a better quality education.

“We are very happy to have our children granted scholarships. It becomes a source of motivation and it will contribute to better learning.”
- Community member from Bonatche.

Heather Howes, Senior Development Officer
Plan International Canada Inc.