IMPROVING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN LIVING IN POVERTY AROUND THE WORLD THROUGH EDUCATION

 

OUR PURPOSE

We find, fund and partner with educators and organizations that are leading local innovative ways to improve the  quality of education for children living in poverty. We provide small, multi-year grants and support to local leaders who know their communities and are making an impact. We help them in their efforts to build, sustain and grow their work, enabling them to improve the lives of even more youth.

 

OUR VISION

Global Education Fund is committed to helping children see possibilities beyond what they experience every day, and we work to give children the opportunity to make a difference in their lives and communities. Through education, we envision each child having access to the greater world and the opportunity to participate in it.


Education is a human right with the immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.
— Kofi Annan, Former Secretary General for the U.N.

 

GLOBAL EDUCATION FUND'S PAST

Global Education Fund was founded in 1998 by anthropologist Eliza Woloson. In the beginning, GEF focused on providing books and literacy tools to orphanages and learning centers in Latin America. Over the next decade, Global Education Fund expanded to 22 countries. In 2007, Global Education Fund scaled back on the number of countries it operated in, but expanded its impact - by broadening its scope from providing literacy tools to removing barriers to education for children in Kenya, through scholarships and leadership programs. Later, GEF expanded to India and Guatemala.

 

GLOBAL EDUCATION FUND TODAY

Today, Global Education Fund is focused on removing obstacles to education in three high-need countries: Kenya, India and Guatemala. Global Education Fund has stayed true to its founding principles – listen to local needs, work collaboratively to provide resources that can be leveraged in a sustainable way, and share innovative models for educating children living in poverty. Today, Global Education Fund provides small, multi-year grants and other support to education entrepreneurs and their initiatives.

 

OUR IMPACT TO DATE

 
  • From 2011 - 2015, GEF invested over $500,000 in our partners
  • Prior to 2011, GEF reached over 22 countries, supported 74 libraries and provided over $2 million worth of donated books.
  • In 2016, GEF plans to invest nearly $200,000, reaching over 2,500 students, 76% of whom are girls
  • GEF partner programs are reaching 93 schools in Kenya, India and Guatemala
  • Our partner programs support 167 teachers

Why Kenya, India and Guatemala?

Through years of work we've identified countries and partners with great need. We've chosen to fund projects in countries where Global Education Fund has a strong network of in country support who can providing on the ground support and evaluation of our partners.

How did GEF get started?

After witnessing the barriers preventing extremely poor children from accessing education, anthropologist Eliza Woloson founded Global Education Fund in 1998 with a shipment of books to a school in Nicaragua. In the beginning, the founders focused on providing books and literacy tools to orphanages and learning centers in Latin America. Over the next decade, Global Education Fund expanded its program to encompass projects in 22 countries. In addition to books, Global Education Fund also helped build libraries, literacy centers, scholarships and leadership programs.

Today, Global Education Fund is focused on removing obstacles to education in three high-need countries: Kenya, India and Guatemala. Global Education Fund has stayed true to its founding principles - listen to local needs, work collaboratively to provide resources that can be leveraged in a sustainable way, and share innovative models for educating children living in poverty.

"We realized early in the development of Global Education Fund that local partners are key to successful and impactful programs. It has been inspiring to witness our partners' commitments to improving education in their own communities, and to support programs that are changing the lives of so many deserving children."

- Eliza Woloson, Founder, Global Education Fund

How can I get involved?

We value your involvement and there are many ways you can help - monetarily, in-kind donations, volunteering, hold an online fundraiser, host a party or by liking and sharing our posts on social media. You can contribute online through our website or mail check to: Global Education Fund - P.O. Box 548 - Boulder, CO 80306

Do you fund individual scholarships or programs outside of Kenya, India or Guatemala?

We do not fund individual scholarships, nor do we fund programs outside of our priority areas. We partner with innovative education leaders and their organizations in Kenya, India and Guatemala.