ICEF Education Fund

Giving young people access to education – worldwide

The ICEF Education Fund helps disadvantaged young people around the world to access education. To assist these young people on their path to education, personal growth, and social involvement, we provide support to hand-picked promising educational projects in areas where funding is either difficult to obtain or non-existent. The ICEF Education Fund has donated to educational projects across the globe, from Brazil to India and beyond. Please see below to find out more about our recent projects and what you can do to get involved. You can find our past projects here.

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Our recent projects

ICEF Scholar Programme - Myanmar

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Our work in Myanmar focuses on providing higher education students from disadvantaged backgrounds funding for one full year at university.

Every year, the ICEF Education Fund Scholar Program selects one promising Higher Education student from a disadvantaged background to receive funding at university for a full term. Bu, a Myanmar student, was the first beneficiary and received US$ 7,000 to finish a year of her Master’s Degree programme in Education, in Hong Kong.

The core values of the ICEF Education Fund have always been to support disadvantaged young people world-wide in accessing quality education. This goal is already influencing the youth around the world: in Jamaica, donations from the Education Fund, have helped the purchase of computers to aid impoverished children become literate; in Turkey, the support from the Education fund is keeping underrepresented girls at school; and in Uganda, our funding is helping young people become critically needed nurses.

If you would like to nominate a project or a student for the ICEF Education Fund Scholarship, please contact us at communications@icef.com.

Learn more about this project here.

La Esperanza Granada - Nicaragua

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Our project in Nicaragua aims to provide disadvantaged children with the opportunity to pull themselves out of poverty through education.

76% of Nicaraguans struggle to get by while earning less than $2 per day. Children are often unable to attend school because their families cannot afford to send them. After finishing school, children frequently have to go to work to support their families.

Based in Granada, Nicaragua, La Esperanza Granada is a volunteer-led initiative which focuses on improving the possibilities of Higher Education for local children. Since 2002, this non-profit organization has been running donations, sponsorships and voluntary activities to provide secondary and higher education to the island’s most impoverished regions.

Thanks to the efforts of La Esperanza Granada, students who have finished primary school are able to advance to high school and in some cases even college, bringing realchange to their lives. Three students are sponsored by the ICEF Education Fund through five years of their high school education.

Learn more about this project here.

Hands Across the Water (HATW) - Thailand

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The goal of our work in Thailand was to help house and educate children who would otherwise struggle.

In 2019, ICEF’s Rod and Cathy Hearps cycled for six days, covering a total of 500km, ending at the Hands Across the Water sponsored New Life Home near Kanchanaburi, Thailand.

To aid this noble cause, the ICEF Education Fund contributed AU$ 4,200 on behalf of each organisation which booked a table or booth at ICEF ANZA 2019 in Darwin. Through joining the trip, Rod and Cathy raised another AU$ 10,934, taking the total contribution of the ICEF Education Fund to AU$ 15,134. In total, the participating group of riders were able to raise over AU$ 380,000.

Rod and Cathy personally funded every part of the ride along with the journeys to and within Thailand meaning all monies raised went directly to HATW homes and projects, without having to cover administrative or overhead costs.

Learn more about this project here.

Heart Children’s Home - Kenya

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The work we have done in Kenya is focused on providing food, shelter, medical care, support, and education to local children.

In 2016, long-time clients of ICEF – French in Normandy (FIN) – participated in the Mongol Rally to raise funds for Heart Children’s Home in Kenya. The ICEF Education Fund supported their initiative by donating €2,000, which covered transportation costs for the entire journey.

The Heart Children’s Home organization, created and run by ICEF partner agent Julia Steiner, provides shelter, food, medical care, support, and education to 24 children in Malindi, Kenya.

ICEF’s CEO, Markus Badde said: “It is fantastic to see the ICEF community working together and supporting each other in charitable ventures. Education is the key to building stronger communities and breaking the cycle of poverty.”

Learn more about this project here.

Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) - Jamaica

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This project strives to help children achieve computer literacy.

The success of children in today’s world is based largely on technology and the ability to use it effectively. Imagine how little possibilities there are for children without computer skills or being able to read or write. However, this is the harsh reality for many Jamaican children living in poverty.

A substantial percentage of 14-year-olds in Jamaica can hardly read or write and, for families who cannot afford electricity, having a computer is not a possibility. Under these conditions, it is hardly shocking that an average of 30% of urban youth have little or no secondary education.

Although these issues are disconcerting, they can be resolved. The Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF), whose Learning Centres in Kingston aim to support young Jamaicans with the tools and support that they need, is taking the lead. At these centres, local children can take part in free computer courses in a safe environment to complete their homework, and receive additional tutoring, especially in fundamental literacy and numeracy.

In support of this ambitious project, ICEF funded two new computers worth US$ 500. These computers will reshape the study and research of CEF students and provide them with useful computer experience.

Learn more about this project here.

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